Monday, August 5, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? 8/5/13

I'm linking up today with Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers.  Check them out for more great IMWAYR posts!

Just a quick post today to share a few of the books I enjoyed this week.
What Readers Really Do: Teaching the Process of Meaning Making by Dorothy Barnhouse and Vicki Vinton was a great professional read.  It really made me think about the way that I teach comprehension and understanding, even at the first grade level.  This was not an easy read, but I'm really glad I read it.
I loved Pssst! by Adam Rex.  This is a really funny book about zoo animals with lots of interesting requests for one of their visitors.  I think my students will really get a kick out of it, especially since they love anything with speech bubbles!I'll probably pair it with A Sick Day for Amos McGee.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers was recommended as a good beginning of the year read aloud in a recent Twitter conversation, so I grabbed it from the library to check it out.  If you haven't read this one yet, add it to your list.  Both the illustrations and the writing are very funny, and it's certainly not your typical "I love books" book.  I'm excited to share this one with my kiddos.
 Another book that was recommended on Twitter was Oliver and His Alligator by Paul Schmid.  This one is definitely making my first day read aloud list.  If you are looking for another lovely by schmaltzy first day book to address first day nerves like The Kissing Hand, this is definitely not it.  Oliver takes a very different (more proactive?) approach to dealing with his first day nerves.  He does, however, learn a valuable lesson about school in the end.  If you are a fan of Jon Klassen's hat books and anything by Mo Willems, check this one out.

This week, I'm hoping to finish Teaching Reading in Small Groups by Jennifer Serravallo, as well as some of the other books in my stack.  I'm starting to get a little concerned that my remaining stack is bigger than my remaining vacation.  Have a great week of reading!


  1. I love all of the picture books on your list this week! Pssst was a great discovery at the public library one day. I loved sharing it as a read aloud. And you are exactly right about this Schmid book - it deals with school anxiety in a very different and hilarious way! I would like to read this book by Vinton. I LOVE her blog.

  2. Amen to your review of Oliver and his Alligator.
    And now I must definitely go add PSST! to my TBR list. Thanks for the rec!

    Ms. O

  3. You had me at fans of Jon Klassen and Mo Willems! Definitely have to get Oliver and His Alligator. Thanks for sharing!