Monday, July 29, 2013

It's Monday...

It's Monday, and I am on a summer get-away along with the rest of the 5-family in the next state over. 
I hope that as you read this I am floating around a lazy river nary a care in the world.

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I read the Black and White ARC version of Bluffton; I can't wait to read this amazing nonfiction graphic novel again in full color.

I loved the strong & feisty Lizzy who struggles to keep her world right-side-up during the Great Depression.

This would be a great title to use with writers' workshops or when talking with students about elements of a story.

I loved the fact that this story was the length of a single small town parade; through the flashbacks and side stories the reader keeps coming back to young Ruby standing inside a chalk circle inside a square.

Make room for another darling (nearly wordless) picture book by Lita Judge.

Classic, quirky Prelutsky poetry paired with amazing shadow box illustrations by Carin Berger is a winning combination.

#fivespotting in Stardines

Be sure to check out this amazing picture book biography about the Japanese-American Baseball player, Kenichi Zenimura, who built a baseball field inside the internment camp where he was held during World War II.

Barbed Wire Baseball focuses on Zenimura building the ball field; the video below highlights a landmark game played on the field.

The 5sters and I are working our way through the Spiderwick series as "read-together" books.
Loads of great action in book 4!

The Bud chose Rump for our next Read-Together book.

And I just picked up a load of new picture books from my local public library.

Monday, July 22, 2013

4 years ago today...

4 years ago today...
our feisty girl would not wait any longer to join our family.
(More about her entry into the world on my blog from long ago.)

Here are a few of her favorites as revealed in an interview yesterday afternoon:

  • Pink & Purple
  • Pretending to be a princess
  • Watermelon
  • Water days at pre-school
  • Fairy Books (like the Complete Book of Flower Fairies)

  • Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk "BRAINS!" (She's already has plans for a Zombi-fied Halloween!)

Happy birthday, Cupcake!

Monday, July 15, 2013

It's Monday...Here's what I'm reading

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox is on Minnesota's Maud Hart Lovelace list for 2013-14
My students are going to love the ethical sic-fi elements.

Heart of a Shepherd is another MHL nominee. The audio version is excellent, and is narrated by the fabulous Kirby Heyborn who loves librarians (see the video below the book trailer).

So excited to finally see this one in person.
AND there is a robot with the number 5 on it in the illustrations!

The 5sters (aka my young ones) are alternating choosing read alouds.
This week we finished...

The Bud's pick:

Cupcake's pick:

There has been a lot of pretending to be Zombies around the 5 house.
We also loved the Zombie recommended reading titles included in the book.

The Bud chose to re-read our special new copy of The Night Fairy for our next read aloud. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

It is Monday...the Monday after ALA 2013

It was only a week ago that I was still in Chicago wrapping up my time at the fabulous American Library Association Conference.

So many folks have posted amazing wrap-ups:

Laura Golden (Author of Every Day After which is ordered and on its way to me as I post!)
100 Scope Notes 
Niki Barnes
Beth Shaum
Katherine Sokolowski

And so many more that I have read and enjoyed.

It is an impossibly amazing weekend to capture in a single post. 

I'll just say last Sunday night...

I wore a little fish with a hat.

And then chatted with the man who created the little fish with the hat...

just before he gave a very nice speech about making the book about a little fish with a hat.

Which was followed by more magical moments and a lovely video that was the perfect way to finish off my Caldecott Challenge at the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Awards.

Now it is a week later, and it's Monday.

I have been reading so many fabulous books in the past week thanks to the recommendations of my fabulous #nerdybookclub pals.

Happy Reading, Everyone!