Monday, July 22, 2013

#IMWAYR and Monday Made It

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. 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.
GREAT IDEA! Check out all of the What Are You Reading? participants for title ideas.

Not quite as much reading this week as time was often spent playing with (or chasing after ... whichever you want to call it ;)) the littlest (at least for another month) nephew. I miss them when they are far away. :(

Favorite of these three is Time Stops for No Mouse. That's an old one ... but I now really want to track down the next three! Fun adventure story told by what is at first a bit of a fuddy-duddy stuck in his ways mouse. He gets out of his comfort zone and grand things happen! I read it as an audiobook.
The Fox Inheritance is a YA. Maybe it's because it's been a while since I read #1 (which I greatly enjoyed) but this one was not as engaging.
Templeton Twins, well. The narrator on that one bugged.

Loved Into the Volcano! Will have to get it for school. The Alamo from A to Z was a little disappointing. Completely generic or cookie cutter or whatever you want to call it. Will probably still have to get it because hello ... where do I live. But I wanted more from it.
Loved Vader's Little Princess but I'm not sure a non fangirl/boy would appreciate it.

Dear Publishers, I love the idea of more Worm/Spider/Fly stories. But this one with the "1" on it is misleading. Teachers and parents are going to think younger students can read it independently. This is not the case. Also why do you all "number/level" your books so differently?
Alvin Ho. He's not as funny as he used to be.
The Eyre Affair was a lot of fun as an audio book (GROWN UP audio book ... a bit of language :/). I've had the print book sitting on my shelf for years and had never gotten to it. I do that. Buy books and then never read them because hello, if I own them I can read them whenever. Library books are due. Which makes no sense at all.

And coming up ...

You'll notice a couple of these look familiar. Why is it when I OWN a book it takes me bazillion times longer to read?

THEN ...

Mostly school stuff this time. But not totally.

The first bunting is inspired by my favorite movie series of all time.

This one is saved in Google Drive. Click and download!

And then our school sort of "theme" this year is baseball and "effort." So while I'm not done with MOST of the signs and reading logs and bookmarks and such ... here's a freebie I posted on TPT. Because I learned how to use a layered template in Photoshop Elements! Still not sure how I did it but it's done. ;)

This one is a freebie on TPT. Click (and if you're already signed in) download!

The last Monday Made It is in honor of one of my nephews. He just turned 8 in June. Anyway, apparently he decided (without my sister's prompting!) that he needed a pen pal. I was the chosen honoree, as I like both Star Wars and Legos! This was his most recent letter ... my very own Lego set, complete with detailed "How To" drawings. I can't stand how adorable this is. Though I can't call it adorable to him. COOL, it must be. I've sent him a personalized Lego SW comic, some bookmarks I made and Capt. Underpants tattoos I found, and a Frankie Pickle book. What to do next? I need to write all the other ones, too. This was just too cute that he started it.



  1. How fun to be a pen pal!
    I love the Star Wars Bunting. Very fun!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  2. Oh! I am excited to see JUST ONE WISH on your book list. I found it to be simply charming. It hasn't had much appeal in my classroom--I think the cover turns the kids off, but I really enjoyed it.

    1. Historical fic. It's a HARD SELL, try as I may. But I still like it and read it anyway. ;)

  3. That Star Wars bunting is to die for! I love it! I wish I could get away with an entirely Star Wars themed classroom!

    First Grade Frenzy!

    1. Wouldn't it be awesome? One year I might do it and anyone who complains can tell the Jawas.