This was sort of a crazy week. Tuesday was our first day back at school. I am really excited to be back, but the first week is always exhausting. I'm looking forward to getting into more of a routine. We had a great first week of math thinking, reading, writing, and learning together in Room 11. I just have to remember that we are building stamina for EVERYTHING, not just independent reading. (And I need to keep reminding myself that that includes me too. Perfection is not a smart expectation for the 30th week, let alone the first week.)
I did get a chance to do a little bit of reading this week, so here are some of the books I enjoyed.
I am so very late to the party on this one. Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell was a 2013 Geisel Award honor book. I can't wait to read this one aloud to my students. The dynamic and the dialogue between Rabbit and Robot was hysterical, and I know they are going to be laughing through the whole book.
Yet again, late to the party on this title. Each Kindness has been getting so much excellent publicity, and for very good reason. This is a story that really needs to be told as many times as possible. I liked that it didn't tie up in a nice pretty bow at the end. I think it's more of a real-life mirror that way. This is a powerful and important book to share with students about the importance of kindness.
I read the companion book to this one, Okay for Now, earlier this summer and really enjoyed it. I liked this one even more. Mrs. Baker has to be one of the greatest fictional teachers ever. I also really appreciated the historical fiction aspect of it--this isn't a time period I've read much about. If you haven't read this one yet, I would highly recommend it.
Room 11's Pick of the Week
I actually read Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehraupt a couple of weeks ago, but somehow I haven't written about it yet. I shared it with my students on Friday. Now this being the first week of school, we have really kicked things off with a bang and shared some pretty fantastic books. On Friday afternoon, we voted for our favorite read aloud of the week, and this one was a runaway winner. They begged me to read it again as soon as I had finished it. We watched the trailer 3 times as well. I have to say, I would echo their enthusiasm about it. I actually brought it on a family picnic this weekend so my sister could read it. She and my dad were both big fans. If you haven't read this one yet, or if you haven't seen the trailer, you need to check them out.
What titles did your students really enjoy this week?