In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
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!
Pluto by R.J. Palacio– Realistic Fiction – 3rd grade and up – I read this again, this time I read it aloud to my son. I love this story. It is so touching, thoughtful and insightful. I see it as a great class read aloud. Love how the story takes place in a day’s time and how much can happen in a day (plus reflections of life with Auggie Pullman)… I loved Wonder, but I’m really appreciating how these short stories are fleshing out the characters and have such touching portions. I felt lucky to read this to my son… discuss how to be a friend, even when it is hard, and what it means to be a friend. Loved. Recommended. Goodreads Summary: “Christopher was Auggie’s best friend from the time they were babies until his family moved away; he was there through all of Auggie’s surgeries and heartbreaks, through bad times and good—like Star Wars marathons and dreams of traveling to Pluto together. Alternating between childhood flashbacks and the present day, an especially bad day for Christopher,Pluto is the story of two boys grown apart learning that good friendships are worth a little extra effort.”
Picasso – I the King, Yo el rey by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illustrated by David Diaz – Middle School and up – This book is new to me even though it was published in 2012. It is much more for older students as there are references throughout to Picasso’s affairs and relationships with different women. BUT it can be shared at primary school as well, you just have to pick the poems you want to share. It is perfect for an exploration of Picasso’s life, what influenced him, and how he made his mark on the world. I love this author’s book creations. The poetry that moves you through a life is just fascinating and is a celebration of language while simultaneously celebrating the life of the artist. Great book, beautiful illustrations as well.
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – release date 6/16/2015 – High School – Realistic Fiction – Will share my thoughts closer to the release date. Interesting book all about a girl who is scared to show her true self. Her coping skills are fascinating to read about. Additionally, I loved how she dealt with friends with questionable intentions. The OCD layer of the story was beautiful and fascinating. Touching book. Recommended. Goodreads Summary: “Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.”
The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli – Novel in verse – Realistic Fiction, 4th grade and up – Appreciated this novel with raw emotions exposed as a girl deals with her parent’s separation and also having to move to a new home and deal with many changes. Enjoyed reading about the challenges to opening a restaurant and also appreciated the realistic situation when someone wants to help another person but it isn’t something the other person asked for or wanted. There are many people taking action and wanting to help others without much in the way of success. Goodreads Summary: “DELICIOUS PANCAKES!!
ALL YOU CAN EAT!!
COME TO OUR
NEW GRAND OPENING!
The grand opening of the Dancing Pancake isn’t the only new thing in Bindi’s life: new friends, a new apartment, maybe even a cute new crush? But there are other changes, like her dad’s move to a new city, that have left Bindi confused and wondering: What will happen to my family? Will this new life ever feel normal? Among the unlikely bunch of regulars who form a makeshift community at the diner, Bindi will try to figure out how to be a new version of herself, one pancake and one silly elephant joke (her uncle’s specialty) at a time.”
Indonesia by Michael and Jane Pelusey – Non-fiction, 2007 – Appreciated reading this children’s non-fiction book- preparing for a trip to Bali. This book was packed with great information. Appreciated a special focus on Bali.
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