Monday, August 27, 2012

It's Monday! What are you Reading?

(I am not able to upload any pictures - don't know what's wrong with Blogger. Ugh!! This is not the first time this has happened.  I want to publish this now - will add pictures later I hope)

Over the past couple of weeks I was on holidays and did not read as much as I hoped. But I did get to read "The Book Thief".

 It was an amazing read. I have read a number of books relating to the Second World War this year yet this was by far the most memorable.

I also read:

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
I enjoyed it. Some reviewers did not like the story told in verse, but I rather liked it, as it made the impact of all she underwent more stark.

Hurry, Freedom by Frieda Wishinsky - a Canadian Flyer Adventure about the Underground Railway.
I have a few books in the series and had not read any so thought I'd see what it was like. An interesting twist on time travel and the two children learn about the Underground Railway by being part of an escape. An easy chapter book read.

More Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
Julian is quite the story teller and I enjoyed this as much as the first one. Can see using these books for writer's workshop.

Neville by Norton Juster
I won this through a teacher blog and I so enjoyed it. Fun illustrations as well.

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
I collect his books but had not read this or had one for my class library. I found this at Goodwill and loved the illustrations and simple storyline.

Christopher Changes His Name by Itah Sadu
I think all children wish for a different name at sometime and this is a fun look at what happens when Christopher changes his name.

I am still reading:
 "Guided Math" by Laney Simmons (which I will be using to improve my math programme)

Daily Five and Cafe by the 2 Sisters

I just started "Number Sense Routines" by Jessica F. Shumway which is going to help build numerical literacy in my class this year.

After reading "The Book Thief" , I am not sure what to read next. This summer has been filled with such powerful YA reads. Any suggestions??

Be sure to check here and here for some great book choices.


The Relentless Reader said...

I had the same issues with blogger last night, blah. :(

Ohhh The Book Thief, I could go on and on and ON about how much that book touched me and how much I absolutely loved it!

Have a great week of reading :)

Hannahlily said...

The Book Thief is such a powerful story. If you haven't already read it, I can't recommend Zusak's other YA novel, I AM THE MESSENGER, highly enough. An amazing book and one of my top 10 teen novels.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to get to The Book Thief and I too adored Neville! Great fun.


Linda B said...

I suspect I should re-read The Book Thief, but the above comment is right, I Am The Messenger is good too. I just got the graphic novel recently out about Anne Frank & her family. It's been reviewed well, so I'm excited to read it. I loved Inside Out And Back Again, & thanks for the Norton Juster title. I bet it's good! thanks!

Jen Vincent said...

The Book Thief is one of my favorite books, and especially a favorite when it comes to WWII history. I was so excited yesterday when my son's kindergarten teacher said she uses the Daily 5 for her literacy block. So excited! I could relax so much after I heard that. :)