Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Kohls Cares Salina Yoon and Leo Lionni

Haven't checked in a while ... look! How adorable! If we were still allowed to have stuffed animals around our books I would be all over this. Check it out at Kohls.






Later. Niece and nephews are here while their parents run some errands.


Monday, June 13, 2016

#IMWAYR June 13



It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!
Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.
Read Summer 1

I still had some classes last week so it wasn't quite #bookaday yet.
I really liked the Gordon Parks picture book bio. Already added it to a first order for next year. I hear that some feel Thunder Boy, Jr. is too general. I can understand that ... I don't think he ever even mentions a tribe and they all have different traditions. That said, the author is Native American so if he's OK with it then I'm not going to point fingers. 
I didn't love Raymie. Minority, I know. So beautifully written and yet just not my favorite story.
Still catching up on all the Rick Riordan's that I've owned like since the week they were released!
Tyranny of Petticoats was ... uneven. At least for me. That's the beauty of anthologies, though ... if a couple stories don't "do" it for you then there are lots of other choices! I did really enjoy the story featuring Bessie Coleman and "Tony" (the fictional part). And the two Garrett sisters on the Alaskan frontier (no surprise I loved that one, though, because YS Lee wrote it and I love her stuff!).

This week there will be more RR. Plus Mr. Lemoncello's Olympics and the Treasure Hunters Secret of the Forbidden City (the only James Patterson I'll read anymore). Should probably finish City of Thirst, too (I SO loved the Map to Everywhere ... timing has just made this one go pretty slow for me!). 


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I got three professional books that I hope will sort of reignite some fire. Last year I got very ... tired. I don't like to say that out loud but you could probably tell. Exhausted, not particularly inspired with cool ideas, plagued with bad headaches, and just treading water and not able to swim upstream against some of the campus' negative currents. Summer is about reinvigoration because I want to do what's best for both me AND the kids and staff.

Monday, June 6, 2016

#IMWAYR SO CLOSE to summer #bookaday. Really pretty much there.



It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!
Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.




Spent some time at B&N today so there are lots of late to the party picture books added. FUN late to the party. If only my consideration list wasn't already longer than next year's budget. :P


So my favorite novel of the bunch was Bloodlines (Claudia Gray). Awesome Star Wars storytelling there. This Steve Berry was WAY better than the last one.
The SW graphic novel missed some parts of the movies that I like but on the whole it was good.
I'm catching up on Rick Riordan cause I've had all of them for so long and NOT gotten them read ... but I promised them to my nephew so before he gets them I need to get them read. I liked Lost Hero better than Apollo. And I already have books two, three, and four!

I don't ever write long reviews but there is a little more detail on Goodreads. Click on the screenshot to go to my shelf.

This coming week? More Rick Riordan. I need to pick up the new Kate DiCamillo at the public library. Justin Cronin's Passage #3. We shall see!


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Finally Friday ... Wait It's Saturday June 4

Our students' last day was Thursday. I spent most of Friday cleaning and organizing (because who can ever do that when kiddos need books? Or even after school when every meeting under the sun or even the after school care group can just suddenly appear w/o notice? I am the last to know). Will continue to do so several mornings of next week, with some PD in the afternoons. Then I'll be done.

We also had a PTA luncheon yesterday. And a quick meeting for "service awards." This made me feel old. Three years as a HS Spanish teacher. A couple years break for my master's. Then at the same school the rest of it. Which has some wonderful students and parents and staff. As much as a change would be interesting it's never worked out. Anyway. I appreciate the thought but what on earth am I supposed to do with it? Same with the stack of books statuette for the Trinity nomination or whatever it is I'm supposed to pick up at Central Office for missing the reception?

Years of Service Award

But when I got home yesterday I got distracted by a grown up #bookaday. So I missed getting a post done. Oops.


So this was cute. Only how would I get across the idea that it was not to sit and color and then want a "prize" before ever leaving the library? We hand out spirit sticks for making reading a habit for a month. This year I did away with separate reading logs (waste of paper and waste of the time to fill out a second one) and thought I'd use the teachers. Then teachers never sent kids or reading logs to me. I asked once a month for the first semester and then gave up. I didn't mean to add to the teacher's load. Admin said (during my evaluation) they wanted me to reinstate separate logs next year (I could point out I was also asked why with I was using so much paper to copy summer reading fliers from the local public library as well as like B&N, Half Price,etc. Because I want them to READ? And get free books?). I don't really like reading logs but I can't conference with every single kiddo on the campus. So I don't know what to do. Will worry about it later. Just thinking about coloring at the moment. Summer brain already.



I would rather do something like this. Would that fit with the seven habits "lighthouse" goals apparently we will really be working on next year?



Personal coloring. Because I like simple more than the elaborate designs in many "adult" coloring books. Made my hand tired even before I broke my finger. (Oh, wait. There it is again. Old.) She also does some pretty cute planner stickers. One of the places I actually buy from. Most of the time I just use all the clip art I already have.



I like the colors on this one.


We won't talk about how many books were still out. They are getting read and loved. They are getting read and reread and loved. They are not under a bed or behind a couch. :/

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Excuse Me While I Might Already Think About Next Year

Internet, look what I found on Twitter. Click through if you don't see the embedded Star Wars coolness. Geek alert!!!





They have a whole bunch more stuff. No, I won't be getting the R2 hats. I have limits. But also no, I won't trade students' last day of Thursday and mine ... which day next week? I actually am not sure, for an earlier chance to use them.

I HAVE BOOKS TO READ! Apparently all it does around here is rain. They didn't get a low water crossing barricade up in a timely manner this evening. Got stuck in between two when water covered the whole road. But I shouldn't complain. Other areas of TX have had it even worse!



Monday, May 30, 2016

#IMWAYR May 30 Almost #bookaday Edition



It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!
Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.
This is my longest update ever. We got a delivery of new books and I actually had a little time at school to read and then with the year winding down and not a lot of planning to do time at home, too. They are not in order of how much I liked them. Just the order I could screenshot from Goodreads.

I will say my favorites have been the picture book biographies.
The Amazing Age of John Ray Lynch
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Little Melba
Trombone Shorty
Seeds of Change
Worst of Friends
Words Set Me Free
Voices of Pearl Harbor
Seeds of Freedom

I always like Steve Jenkins' work.

I wish The Seventh Wish wasn't so necessary. But families are facing more than they ever have before and there are kids that need to know they aren't alone.

Comic Squad mashups are the best!

Dreaming Up A Celebration of Building appeals to the frustrated artist/architectural photog in me. Not sure what the kids will think but I loved it.

Monsters Who Eat Whiny Children is hilarious but it's actually so not for the picture book crowd. Totally missed that in ordering. Oops.

I Don't Like Snakes ... well, I still don't. But the concept was awesome. And kids DO!

The two infographic books were lame. Big disappointment.

Eight Days Gone was surprisingly well done. As was Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More.

The Katie Woo writing books probably won't do a lot for those who don't read the other books. But for those who do they are a good introductory tool to different writing styles.

Pax. Wow. Cool writing. What do kids think of it? 

I actually don't like Apollo too much. He's a jerk. Less so at the end of the book and that is sort of the point. He's going through the trials to grow, right? Just ... full of himself jerk. 

Baby Bear Counts One has beautiful illustrations.

A Perfectly Messed Up Story could be my opening read next year. Take care of books!


Read in May

Read in May two
Read in May three
Read in May four
Read in May five

The students' last day of school is Thursday. I have a few days into the next week still to go. #bookaday you are SO IN SIGHT!



Friday, May 27, 2016

Finally Friday May 27

As a kid do you know what part of summer was? Monkees reruns (I am not THAT old). Listening. :)


I missed the cupcake truck at school today. :(


I totally want one! Or two. We have two Osmos. We'll see how hard ordering is in the fall. We'll never save enough for new tables if I always give in but new tables versus cool stuff? (Still wanting new iTouches for Google Cardboard and another couple Spheros cause one they fight over too much).


Those silly color chip photos ... I find them soothing. This one is pretty.


I like this! We're mostly doing ChatterKid book reviews (I should post some. They're funny).