Monday, October 29, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

Thank you Jen and Kellee for hosting this weekly!  To see what others are reading and recommending, or to participate, be sure to check out their blog Teach Mentor Texts :)

This past Saturday, I attended the TCRWP Saturday Reunion which I look forward to attending every October and March.  If you haven't attended one before, I highly recommend that you attend the March Reunion.  It is all free and offers a ton of workshops to choose from on a variety of topics and grade levels.  By the end of the day, you are able to attend four different sessions of your choice and will walk away inspired, with new learning! 

One of the workshop sessions that I always attend is on "new books" by Rob Ross.  Rob Ross shares my love for children's books (yes, we are both addicted to purchasing children's books and proud of it!).   Here are some of the many books he shared during this session:  

This is a historical fiction text that I can't wait to purchase for our historical fiction book club unit.  I am also excited because we study the American Revolution in Social Studies so it will also support our content area learning.  

This is another historical fiction text that I plan on purchasing for our historical fiction book club unit.  It is set in 1963, when schools are beginning to integrate.  Kizzy Ann is preparing for her first year as a student in an integrated school and is worried about how she will be treated by others because of her skin color.  Based on the reviews, this sounds like an inspiring book that is filled with a sense of hope and courage.  

This text includes the entire speech in print and on the audio CD that accompanies the text.  This will be a perfect text to share with students to show them the importance of words and phrases as they are used in a text.  It will also be powerful to share the entire speech with them as well as listen to the speech.  

Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas by Molly Bang and Penny Chrisholm 
In this informational text, Molly Bang uses her beautiful poetic language and illustrations to teach us about the food chain in our oceans and its importance on life cycles.  

This informational text on elephants, includes 80 full color photographs. I know the students will love looking at the photographs to help them read the text and learn about elephants.  

I love all of Nicola Davies' books so I can't wait to get my hands on this one to share with my students! 

Happy Reading! :)


  1. When I read the name "Rob Ross," I knew that my wallet would be in for a hit. Isn't he incredible? I used to love attending his sessions. I've been kind of slow-moving the past couple of summer institutes and Sat. Reunions because the room has been full by the time I've arrived!

    Thanks for bringing all of these to us from the Saturday Reunion, which I did not attend this year. (I'm hoping to make it in March. However, it might conflict with Passover.) Anyway, I, too, love Nicola Davies' work and cannot wait to check out Talk, Talk, Squawk: A Human's Guide to Animal Communication.

    1. Yes, I love attending his sessions! He also shared Nicola Davies' other book, Just Ducks which also looks great! I will be posting about all the other great sessions I attended this week on the blog so stay tuned :)

  2. How fun! New Books! I know I will absolutely have to read Sofia's War. I love Avi's approach to historical fiction. I always learn something with his characters. Thanks for sharing.

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