Showing posts with label Book Reviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Book Reviews. Show all posts

Monday, May 20, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Thank you to Kellee and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts for hosting It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  You can check out their blog for some great ideas for new reads.  I'm so glad to be back into joining this wonderful group.

I was finally able to read The Runaway King, the next book in The False Prince trilogy.  I bought the book as soon as it came out and it's been making the rounds in my classroom.  Since I couldn't bear the thought of taking it out of my students' hands (nor do I think they would have allowed it to happen), I downloaded another copy on my Kindle so I could read it at home.  Like False Prince, this one is a page turner.  Prince Jaron is at his best as he outsmarts those who are out to get him.  It's been very popular in Room 114 and I think I'll need to get a few more copies for my classroom library next year.

I've seen Timmy Failure:  Mistakes Were Made on Goodreads a couple of times, so I decided to read it next.  This funny book is going to appeal to many of my readers.  Timmy has his own detective agency, but unfortunately, he's not very good at being a detective.  There are many opportunities to help kids infer what is REALLY happening in the story, when poor Timmy hasn't a clue.

My professional read this week was Assessment in Perspective:  Focusing on the Reader Behind the Numbers.  Today is the beginning of the blog tour, so I hope you will check it out.  Claire and Tammy succinctly explain the many types of assessments we give our readers, the purpose of these assessments, the importance of triangulation, as well as the need to share our knowledge with our students.  This book gave me so many things to think about in our data driven world as well as put a new light on the work we do when assessing our students.  I highly recommend this book.

Finally, this next book isn't about or for school, but it is about educating myself about eating in a more healthful way.  I read The Engine Two Diet last year, dabbled in plant strong eating, and then went back to old habits when life got very busy and we began eating out a lot.  I felt so good when I was eating a plant strong diet and decided to get back into it at the beginning of the month.  My Beef with Meat arrived at my door early this week and I was so glad it did.  There is lots of information dispelling myths of eating a plant strong diet, and some great recipes.  It's a quick, easy read and pretty funny in some parts.  If you live in the Columbus, Ohio area, the author, Rip Esselstyn will be at Whole Foods in Upper Arlington this Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00.

Monday, May 13, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Thank you to Kellee and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts for hosting It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  You can check out their blog for some great ideas for new reads.  I'm so glad to be back into joining this wonderful group.
Since I have some time on my hands due to a little surgery, my "books read" list has grown quite a bit.  At the same time, I've been adding to my "to be read" list.  I forgot what it was like to have space in my day to enjoy a good book.  :)  I've read some phenomenal middle grade books the last two weeks (as well as some books that are just for me).

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban was wonderful!  In this story, Ruby Pepperdine deals with the death of her grandma, messing up her friendship with her best friend Lucy, and a budding new friendship with Nero.  The story takes place in one day, with flashbacks to fill in the gaps.  This touching story does not make light of the worries of students in this age group.

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff was another great story.  Franki Sibberson introduced me to Lisa Graff, and I'm so glad she did.  This book is full of quirky characters, my favorite kind, who are all connected together in a giant web of life's experiences.

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett was powerful!  The story tells about the harsh realities of homelessness, with a twist of mystery.  I talked to a few colleagues about using this book as a read aloud with my fourth graders.  Some of the images portrayed in the homeless shelter will be very foreign to my students.  However, I think that this book would be perfect to use to talk about empathy, helping others, perseverance, etc.  This book is a must read.

Monday, October 22, 2012

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

Thanks to Jen and Kellee for hosting this meme.  You can go to their blog Teach Mentor Texts to read more about what others are reading.

I have taken a break from blogging and it feels good to be back at it.  I've changed blogging platforms, so hopefully people will find me again.  

I've read a lot of great books...both professional and for my fourth graders.  My husband and I took a trip this past weekend which included some drive time.  That meant lots of time to read!

I was so happy when I received Franki Sibberson's new book in the mail.  I have so much respect for her and always love reading her work, be it one of her books, her blog, or her articles in Choice Literacy.  This book came at the perfect time when I was beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed with all of the responsibilities that come with school (interims, data teams, beginning of the year assessments, etc).  Reading The Joy of Planning gave me the needed reminder that it's ok to slow down and use what I know about my students to plan instruction.  I'll review Franki's book in further detail later this week.

The other professional book I read this past week was in preparation for the Children's Literature Across the Curriculum class I am taking.  Steve Moline's book I See What You Mean focuses on the importance of visual literacy, strategies for teaching students how and when to use them strategically, and how to assess their use.  It's a user friendly book with a lot of good information.  A second edition has been published which now includes information about online resources.

I read Kate Messner's Eye of the Storm in one day!  I can't wait to share it with my students.  I stayed up way past my bedtime so that I could finish reading it.  My class Skyped with Kate to talk about Capture the Flag.  I know that they will love her new book.

New books for the classroom: