Monday, February 2, 2015

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye and Ricki Ginsburg at Unleashing Readers cohost It's Monday! What are You Reading? weekly on their blogs.  To see what others are reading and recommending each Monday, or to participate, be sure to head over to these blogs.

I love all of Patricia Polacco's books so I was excited to read Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece.  This book reminded me of Thank You, Mr. Falker as it is also a true story about Patricia Polacco's experience as a student.  In this book, she is trying to overcome her fear of public speaking and Mr. Wayne, a teacher, discovers a way to help her just like Mr. Falker helped her with reading. It is a touching story that so many students will be able to relate to because public speaking is a common fear, especially as a child.  I love how Patricia Polacco shares positive school memories through her books of how teachers helped her overcome challenges as a learner. This story will lead to great conversations about overcoming fears, encouraging others, having empathy, and also having a growth mindset.  This is a great story to share with students of all ages!

I loved reading Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook and  Notebook Connections: Strategies for the Reader's Notebook by Aimee Buckner so I was excited to read Nonfiction Notebooks: Strategies for Informational Writing.  This professional book was a very helpful tool to use when planning my informational writing lessons this year.  It is full of strategies and student examples.  If you are teaching informational writing, I would definitely check this professional resource out!

Happy Reading!


  1. Melanie - You are Tara are thinking alike today. You both posted about Mr Wayne's Masterpiece. It is such as amazing book.

  2. know what they say about great minds thinking alike? We're on the same wavelength about Mr. Wayne! I am always amazed at Polacco's ability to keep writing beautifully and powerfully.

    1. Ha! Yes we are on same wavelength today - great minds do think alike! Patricia Polacco is an amazing author and never disappoints!

  3. I just visited Tara's post and saw Mr. Wayne's masterpiece - surprisingly I haven't read Mr. Falker yet - so that one I definitely have to hunt down.