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Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! Enjoying books week by week… I decided to spread out what I’m reading recently over a few weeks… so this isn’t everything but I’ve enjoyed them all!


The Kidney Hypothetical by Lisa Yee
Special Interview with Lisa Yee 

When Lunch Fights Back – Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses by Rebecca L. Johnson – Non-fiction – 3rd grade and up – Fantastic formatting in this book. Loved the contents- slip-sliming away, concealed weapons, toxic bubbles, master blasters, knockout punch, here’s blood in your eye, of bullies and bait, and meet my bodyguards… they really pull a reader through. Especially science behind the story. Goodreads Summary: “Meet living things with some of the strangest defenses known to science: termites that blow themselves up to save the colony; fish that produce copious amounts of gooey, slippery slime; lizards that run on water;and more.”

Neighborhood Sharks – Hunting with the great whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy– NF – 2nd grade and up – What a fantastic book! I love the flow of the reading, one bit of information about sharks connects to the next bit and so on. I felt like I was learning much more about sharks, at least specifically Farallon great white sharks, and appreciated all of the incredible pictures that were painted to accompany the book. Goodreads Summary: “Up close with the ocean’s most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them—just thirty miles from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge!
A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean’s largest and most famous predators. Each fall, while the city’s inhabitants dine on steaks, salads, and sandwiches, the great white sharks return to California’s Farallon Islands to hunt their favorite meal: the seals that live on the island’s rocky coasts. Massive, fast, and perfectly adapted to hunting after 11 million years of evolution, the great whites are among the planet’s most fearsome, fascinating, and least understood animals.”

In Search of the Little Prince – The Story of Antoine de Saint-Exupery by Bimba Landmann – Biography, picture book – 4th grade and up – I feel like I knew nothing about this person, what an informative, fascinating book. I especially appreciated this quote at the end of the book: “One morning you wake up and say: “It was just a fairy tale.” You laugh at yourself, but deep down you’re not laughing at all. You know that fairy tales are the only truth of life. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery  Goodreads Summary: “For the last seventy years, The Little Prince has captured the imaginations of readers around the world. This lyrical picture book biography tells the story of its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.As a child, Antoine dreamed of flying. His dream was realized when he became a pilot, first serving France during World War I, then working as an international mail courier. As he wrote letters to his family describing the foreign countries he visited, he soon discovered that writing contained its own sense of adventure.”

Gorilla by Anthony Browne – All ages, picture book – Oh how I love this book. Cannot believe it wasn’t already in the library. Let’s believe it was lost a few years ago and I’m just replacing it.Basically it is about a little girl named Hannah who loves gorillas. She wishes her dad had time for her and did things with her. For herbirthday she asks for a gorilla and her dad gives her a stuffed one which she throws in the corner of the room. That night a magical thing happens… What a way to celebrate families and relationships! Fantastic. Goodreads Summary: “Hannah spends all of her time reading gorilla books, watching gorilla TV shows, and drawing gorilla pictures. She has gorillas on her bedside lamp
and even on her box of cereal. Hannah loves gorillas and longs to see a real one, but her father is always too busy – or too tired – to take her to the zoo. Then, on the night before her birthday, something extraordinary happens – and Hannah’s wish comes gloriously true.”

Unspoken – A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole – 3rd grade and up – Picture book – Conflict, caring, risk-taking, wow. What a beautiful book which really brings into focus the concept of the underground railroad. Loved it. Goodreads Summary: “A young girl’s courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story. When a farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, she is at once startled and frightened. But the stranger’s fearful eyes weigh upon her conscience, and she must make a difficult choice. Will she have the courage to help him? Unspoken gifts of humanity unite the girl and the runaway as they each face a journey: one following the North Star, the other following her heart.”

Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein – Picture book – All Ages-  How can one action, like a smile, travel all around the world? How can a wonderful author/illustrator mix in culture with caring for others? How special is this book? I adored… want to read it to as many classes as possible but will start with my year 2’s since they love Interrupting Chicken AND they are discussing relationships and how their actions impact others around them… brilliant book. Goodreads Summary: “Because Amelia smiles as she skips down the street, her neighbor Mrs. Higgins smiles too, and decides to send a care package of cookies to her grandson Lionel in Mexico. The cookies give Lionel an idea, and his idea inspires a student, who in turn inspires a ballet troupe in England! And so the good feelings that started with Amelia’s smile make their way around the world, from a goodwill recital in Israel, to an impromptu rumba concert in Paris, to a long-awaited marriage proposal in Italy, to a knitted scarf for a beloved niece back in New York.”

Blamehounds by Ross Collins – 2nd grade – Little Gems/Barrington Stoke – early chapter book – I really appreciate this series of books. Blamehounds is a creative story about dogs who figure out a way to get money while taking the blame for… whatever humans don’t want to be blamed for. Quite a hilarious, entertaining scenario. Chuckled my way thru, great illustrations as well.

El Deafo by Cece Bell – Graphic Novel – 3/4th grade and up (all ages!!) Oh my. Got lost in this Newbery Honor Graphic Novel. Just loved how it honestly addressed the ups and downs oflife,especially friendship and learning to speak up for yourself. The situation with being deaf isobviouslyprominant in the story but honestly, I appreciated how naturally it was all introduced and shared. Quite appropriate and touching. I cannot wait to share this with my students. I especially look forward to my fans of Smile and Drama discovering this one. Goodreads Summary: “Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.
Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school–in the hallway…in the teacher’s lounge…in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different… and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?”

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18 comments on “Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

  1. Did you read The Pilot and the Prince by Peter Sis? It made reread The Little Prince afterwards! I can’t remember if I’ve read Because Amelia Smiled but it sounds like I’ll enjoy it. I hadn’t heard of Blamehounds. I’ll have to track that down!

    • The Styling Librarian
      April 10, 2015

      I’ve read it, agreed, helped me want to reread The Little Prince as well. Think I’ll be reading it to my soon soon.

  2. msyingling
    March 30, 2015

    I’ll have to read the Kidney Hypothetical. I love Yee’s work but… more bullying. Sigh. Can’t writers think of something ELSE to write about? I’ve added a few things to my TBR from this post.

  3. Linda Baie
    March 30, 2015

    Love that you shared another books about Saint-Exupery. I will find it, love all the books about him & by him, Debbie. I do think Neighborhood Sharks was great, & enjoyed Hidden & El Deafo too. Thanks for Gorilla, sounds like one to know about.

  4. MrsB_Reads
    March 31, 2015

    Loved El Deafo! Can’t wait to read Neighborhood Sharks!

  5. Clare and Tammy
    March 31, 2015

    You have some of our favorite nonfiction on your list – When Lunch Fights Back and Neighborhood Sharks are incredible. We put together a Pinterest board of highly engaging nonfiction –

    We have to add Neighborhood Sharks to this board

  6. cheriee weichel
    March 31, 2015

    Oh I want When Lunch Fights Back! It sounds like an exemplary information book – one that readers will keep checking out. Because Amelia Smiled is one I’ll have to get for the library. These sorts of books are so important for building positive school culture. I’m always on the search for good chapter books so I’ll try to find a copy of Blamehounds.

  7. Michele Knott
    March 31, 2015

    Gorilla is a new one – thanks for the title!

  8. carriegelson
    March 31, 2015

    You have some amazing books here! Because Amelia Smiled is so lovely. I also really adore Neighborhood Sharks – such a fabulous nonfiction title. I still need to share it with my students.

    • The Styling Librarian
      April 10, 2015

      Thanks for visiting… enjoy sharing Neighborhood Sharks- my student’s eyes were wide open, loved our conversations that it sparked…

  9. Myra GB
    April 1, 2015

    I have yet to read El Deafo and am very excited about it. Because Amelia Smiled is definitely one of my favourites. In Search of the Little Prince is one I MUST find! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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