Monday, June 30, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/30/14

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I started a new tradition this past week. I checked out a book stack, of 10 books, to enjoy. This week they were wordless picture books or picture books. It was a fun week! My favorite of the week was Emily's Blue Period by Cathleen Daly. This is my favorite picture book of 2014. Such a meaningful story. I also really loved Journey, by Aaron Becker - a book I had not read, even though I should have long ago. Special shout to Peter Brown, author of Children Make Terrible Pets and many other great books. He's one talented guy!

Books I Read This Past Week...
Children Make Terrible Pets, by @itspeterbrown
(5 out of 5 stars)

Peter Brown writes the most hilarious, wonderful books. I so enjoyed Children Make Terrible Pets and look forward to reading You Will Be My Friend! Who can resist Lucy - a bear with a cute bow in her hair and tutu? 

Journey by Aaron Becker, @storybreathing
(5 out of 5 stars)

I never thought I would be one to really enjoy wordless picture books, but I have discovered how wonderful wordless picture books are and I would like to use them more in my classroom. I know many of my Nerdy Book Club friends do! This book would be #1 on top of the pile I would like to use in class. I think that as we get older, it's easy to lose our childhood imagination. Books like this remind me how important it is to hold onto to imagination. Truly a magical book - pick it up if you haven't. 

Emily's Blue Period by Cathleen Daly
(5 out of 5 stars) 

Some books just touch you. This is one of them. By far my favorite picture book, and maybe book, of the year so far. Being a child of divorce, this book really connected with me. Emily goes through her blue period - following after Pablo Picasso (Emily is a great artist if you didn't guess), which relates to the struggles she is having in her life. I just loved how Emily grew throughout the book and of course, the ending was wonderful. This would be a great book to read aloud to a class and I plan on it next year! 

Other Books I Read This Past Week...
Owen by Kevin Henkes (5 out of 5 stars)
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (5 out of 5 stars)
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle (4 out of 5 stars)
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (4 out of 5 stars)
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett (5 out of 5 stars)
Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall (4 out of 5 stars)
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett K. Krosoczka (4 out of 5 stars)

                                       What are you reading, friends?


  1. You have great books here! Journey is absolutely wonderful. Children Make Terrible Pets would make a good companion book to How to Cook Children. :)

  2. Great reads this week! I've read most of them except Owen, I think. I need to read more Kevin Henkes!

    1. Yes, you do! Ha. Kevin Henkes produces treasure after treasure. Have you read Lily's Plastic Purple Purse?

  3. Thanks Myra for the comment. I have never read How to Cook Children. Have you read Peter Brown's follow up, You Will Be My Friend?