Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 7/28/14

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Reflecting on the past week, it's clear I have been busy doing errands and other tasks and therefore did not much read as I desired. But, the three books I read were SUPER, so I cannot complain. Very soon I will be returning to school. Can I keep up the reading and posting? Taking bets...?!

Check out my reviews below!

Books I Read Last Week...

El Deafo, by Cece Bell
(5 out of 5 stars)

Thanks to my friend Stacy, @mytweendomwho paid the kindness forward by mailing me the ARC of this book, I was finally able to read El Deafo. I was not disappointed! Cece Bell, @CeceBellBooks, has written an amazing, heartfelt story based about her experiences as a child with hearing loss. This book moved me. This book has a fresh perspective and I could not stop reading once I started! When the book comes out officially in September, my classroom will have several copies and I doubt they will ever stay long on the shelf.

I wish this book has been around a few years back. I had a student (one of my all-time favorites) who had a hearing impairment. I think this book would have helped him through some difficult times. I just e-mailed his mom to tell her about El Deafo and suggested her family read it. I hope they do.

Read this book as soon as you can - you won't be sorry!

Bird & Squirrel On Ice, by James Burks, @jamesburksart 
(4 out of 5 stars)

This is the newest installment in the hilarious Bird & Squirrel graphic novel series. I just crack up at these books! I think the two characters are unique and fun. Wherever the two of them end up, adventures are sure to follow. This book finds them in the Arctic with a problem to solve - how to help a penguin village break free of the control of a whale. Will Bird & Squirrel be successful at helping the penguin village? At the end, Bird & Squirrel fly off to their next location - where will they end up next? Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

The Most Magnificient Thing by Ashley Spires, @ashleyspires 
(4 out of 5 stars) 

I encourage you to read this beautiful book. The main character, I'd say, is a perfectionist and tries throughout the book to make what she believes is the "most magnificent" thing. Sometimes in life, it takes more than one try to get things right. This book will be one of my read-alouds this year. Author Ashley Spires reminds readers below to look for a special, humorous part of the book. I had to go back to catch it! Kids will love it =)

What are you reading, friends?


  1. Does it mean that I have been teaching third grade too long if the dog peeing was one of the things I noticed immediately? (A kid later plays with that same part, and it is still wet ... ) Really interested in your description of El Deafo - will add to the wish list!

  2. Ha, it means you are VERY immature! Just kidding. I hope you love El Deafo as much as I did. :)