Monday, December 29, 2014

It's Monday! Here's What I'm Reading {12-29-14}

Thanks to Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers for hosting this weekly reading check in.  It is my first check in in a long time (maybe ever???).
This winter break has really helped me reconnect with my reader-self.  One of my goals for 2015 is to read more kid lit.  With amazing book talks flying around on Twitter and in the blogosphere, I know I will be in good hands.

Here's what I've been reading:
A fun story of a young girl who struggles to fit in because she moves around a lot with her mom.  Finally, she and her mom end up living with her uncle and she finds the stability and home that she so desperately wanted.  Through all of this, she uses her writer's notebook as a source of strength and connection as she finally makes a friend in her new home.  This would be a great story to share with a student who is shy and looking for a way to connect with others.
After hearing all the buzz about this book on Twitter, I finally finished it last week.  I love that it is a graphic novel (my first one!) and is a story to perseverance and imagination.  Although there are some things I wish the author would have left out of this book, knowing that children would read it (teachers smoking in the lounge...), I do recognize that it is autobiographical and those things probably did happen back in the 70's and 80's.
Who knew there were so many jobs done by the simple feather?  This is an amazing informational text, packed with fun facts and tidbits.  I know my students will enjoy this one!

This week, I am hooked, hooked, hooked on this book:
There is a lot of award talk going on about this book and I can see why!  I will finish it soon and post next week.

My other goals for break are to read:

Ambitious, I know, but I do have a new goal to work on!  Wish me luck!

What are you reading?


  1. I've read & enjoyed all of these but The Night Gardener, Jennifer-all wonderful books! I loved Rain Reign, hope it gets some Newbery love! And I look forward to The Night Gardener, have heard so many say it's great. Happy reading this week too!

  2. When I did my student teaching in the late 80's the teachers' lounge was murky with smoke! Hard to believe, but it was so bad I couldn't even go in. Did like El Deafo and can't wait to have copies for my students.

  3. I've heard great things about the night gardener, but never read it. I'd better add it to my list!

  4. Night Gardener is maybe my top middle-grade of the year, even though it wasn't a personal favorite for me. Such distinguished writing and setting!

  5. You have many if my faves here on your list. Rain Reign should not be missed.

  6. Hi there Jennifer, I fell in love with The Night Gardener as well. Snicker of Magic also happens to be one of my favourite reads this year - enjoy that one too!

  7. I just adored The Night Gardener, and I don't usually do scary at all. I love Linda Urban and can't wait to read Hound Dog True. I hope you love Snicker of Magic. It hooked me. I flogged it at our Scholastic book fair and have been getting rave reviews from parents and kids about it.

  8. So many people have mentioned Rain Reign in the past few weeks! The Night Gardener was one of my favorites of the past year, and our 4th graders loved A Snicker of Magic. Happy reading!


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