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!


  1. Wow! You did do a lot of reading this week! Love your list of book and found many to add to my To Read list. I've ordered How to Swallow a Pig and Where Do You Look? from my library. So, I should get them just in time to start my Summer of Reading! I loved Waiting, Poems in the Attic, Trombone Shorty, A Perfectly Messed Up Story, and Egg. Only 3 school days left for me, and then I can really dig in to my pile of books! Have a great week!

  2. Lots to love here! I enjoy the Steve Jenkins books, too, and have read most of the bios you've mentioned. There are so many good ones out recently! I need to read The Seventh Wish, and agree that it's sad it is needed. Enjoy your final week!

    1. Picture books are where bios are at. I keep working at helping our teachers understand that. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. So many new books!!! That's something I wish I could do more of - most of our book ordering is centralized through an ordering department at our main office, and I'm always envious of librarians who get to do their own book shopping!

    1. I remember that (I worked in the public library for a little while before I came back to schools). Sometimes I thought it would be fun to work in acquisitions.

  4. Wow! You are on top of things. It's hard to go with Messner, but I though Pax would be confusing to kids. We don't need more sad, so won't be buying, although The Seventh Wish was at least hopeful.

    1. That's sort of what I thought about Pax ... that is was remarkably done but kids would miss a lot of it. I had to really concentrate more than usual to keep up with the flow. And HA! Just making up even a little bit for being super super super behind. Good timing for a delivery.

  5. The only thing more more wonderful than opening up boxes of books, is having time to read them! This is a great collection. I think Pax is an important book. I appreciate you put your list for f favourites at the top. I'll Che k out the ones I don't know

    1. Time. That is key, right? Earlier in the year deliveries don't always get the same attention. Put all the effort in to ordering and then it takes a while to come in and sometimes I forget why I ordered it! Thanks for stopping by!