With the reading challenges I took up in January, I have tried to increase my reading this year in many different genres. Last week, I was able to finally do a bit more reading. But my lists have grown so long, and my piles to read seem to be growing, I really need to stop everything else and read!
This past week I read:
Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton (YA)
I did enjoy this look at the residential schools in the Arctic. Having been to a number of places mentioned (Aklavik, Tuktoyaktuk, Inuvik), made it that much more enjoyable.
I read a number of picture books this week, some I brought from school to check out:
The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
I heard Patricia speak a year ago and was mesmerized by her story telling. I did enjoy this book and I am going to use it at the beginning of the school year as a start to a discussion of why we read.
The Way to Start the Day by Byrd Baylor
I can't believe I haven't read this book, even tho I have had it in my classroom library for years. Enjoyed it.
Wild Bog Tea by Annette LeBox
I picked up this book on sale and finally read it. It was a delightful story of generations and environmental issues.
The Story of the Kind Wolf by Peter Nickl
A surprise twist to the usual wolf stereotype.
Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood
Interesting story on following directions and knowing your children!
Greyfriar's Bobby by Ruth Brown
I knew the story having seen the old movie, but this was a lovely tale of the wee dog.
Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt
I found this at the hospital giftstore last week for $1.99 and couldn't resist. It even had a CD! A lovely story for Christmas.
I am still working on several teacher book clubs and these books take up some of time for reading: Guiding Readers, The Daily Five, Guided Math, Take Joy and now, Opening Minds. They have all been worthwhile reading.I will be continuing these books over the next few weeks.
Currently I am reading: The Breadwinner Tril0gy by Deborah Ellis
The Beach Club by Elin Hildebrand ( for fun reading)
Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Be sure to check out the great reads here and here.