IMWAYR: For the Students

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I’m reading with the students this week. We are working on nonfiction texts during library time, and these titles are interesting and make us ask, “Really?” (“Really?” Strategy from Reading Nonfiction by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. Good stuff!)

I liked this newest title from Lauren Wolk, too. Echo Mountain is coming out in April. I can’t wait for readers to meet Ellie and her family. Thank you, Dutton Children’s Books for providing the advanced readers copy.

Picture Books are Perfect! Looking forward to spring, I reread this awesome picture book by Phil Bildner. “Did you know?” The unique style — directly speaking to the reader — the author tells the story of tennis champs Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert and their amazing rivalry and friendship through many years of competition.

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

This meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Kathryn decided to give “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

#NF10for10: “Nonfiction 10 for 10” February Book List

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It’s February 10th, and that means the annual #nf10for10 (Nonfiction 10 for 10) book lists are posted today. Thanks to our hosts: Cathy Mere (Reflect and Refine) and Mandy Robeck (Enjoy and Embrace Learning).  I enjoy challenging myself to come up with meaningful lists to share with other readers.

As we prepare for standardized testing season in our schools, I resist “test prep” practices more than ever. I look on social media and look to my friends to drag me out of the muck of worksheets and “read-and-answer-questions” crud that is the traditional way of school life during testing. I LOVE to read, and what better way to spread love than honoring time to read and learning with books that inspire? Based on a personal need to see more creativity and thinking in our classrooms, I chose “Inventors/Inventions/Thinkers” for my “Nonfiction 10 for 10” theme. Here are ten books that inspire:
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton (2016)
Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta (2013)
Honda: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars by Mark Weston (2014)
Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy (2010)
The Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat Miller (2016)
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant (2016)
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeannette Winter (2017)
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines (Vietnam Veterans Memorial) by Jeanne Walker Harvey (2017)
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark (2017)
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating (2017)
Thank you for reading. I hope I’ve inspired you to invent, create, and think. What ten picture books would you share with the world?
(All pictures from http://www.goodreads.com)