I can't believe this is the last IMWAYR post of the summer. I started out the summer with the goal of participating in Donalyn Miller's #bookaday challenge...ish. I figured that 76 books might be a fairly lofty goal with a toddler at home and our plans for the summer, so I thought I'd just get as far as I could. Well, 76 days later, my grand total is 101 books. I read more than I've ever read before in a summer (which was really my goal to begin with). The breakdown is:
- 6 adult novels
- 5 professional books
- 4 YA novels
- 16 middle grade novels
- 5 early chapter books
- 65 picture books, including 18 nonfiction
Here are a few of my favorites from this week:
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne is another title that has been getting rave reviews on Twitter. I had seen it recommended to a fellow first grade teacher and I thought, "Really? A book about Albert Einstein in first grade?" Yes, absolutely. Berne has crafted a biography that serves as a science mentor for every grade, even if the theory of relativity is a little beyond reach. This is a book about noticing and wondering, and that is the perfect message that I want to give to my first grade friends. We'll be sharing this one early on in the year.
I know that next week's reading will slow down considerably. Now that I'm back to my school commute, I'm listening to The False Prince on audio. I'm also in the middle of The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt, so I hope to finish that.