Monday, May 1, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

For Pleasure:

Spoils by Brain Van Reet I'm still reading this book.  War books aren't my typical read.  Even though it's fiction I am learning about the realities of war.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich is a free audiobook through the Audiobook Sync 16 weeks of free audiobooks program.  I started listening to it Thursday.  At first I was having a hard time following along.  So I went to amazon and looked at the sample of the first chapter.  That helped so much!  The story is written in a combination of journal entries by different people, doctor notes, video records, voice recording and police notes.  Once I saw how it was written I was able to listen for the headings.

There are 112 short chapters.  I'm on chapter 80.  I'm really liking this psychological young adult, thriller with a bit of supernatural thrown in.  Just as I think I know what's happening there's a twist then another twist and yet another twist.  I highly recommend this book!

For School:

You DON'T Want A Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman is a book that tells all the reasons why you do not want a unicorn.  I mean, who wants an animal that poops cupcakes?

#3 The Perfect View (CiCi: A Fairy's Tale) by Cori Doerrfeld is the 3rd book in this graphic novel series.  CiCi is a fairy.  Her abuela is trying to teacher her all about her powers.  CiCi, her sister, dad and a friend go camping.  Her powers are taken to a new level in the great outdoors.

Wolf In The Snow by Matthew Cordell is a wordless picture book.  A wolf pup gets separated from it's pack.  A little girl finds him and returns him to his mother but she gets lost in the snow and can't find her way back home.  The wolf pack has to help her.

Texas 2x2 List

Ocean Animals form Head to Tail by Stacey Roderick is a nonfiction picture book about ocean life. It's illustrations are interactive and the descriptions of each ocean creature is informative.

It Came In The Mail by Ben Clanton, Liam wanted mail but mail never came to him.  So he asks the mailbox to send him mail.  But then it got overwhelming!  Liam had to ask the mailbox to share all the mail with other children.

123 Dream by Kim Krans is a counting book.  The number is on each page along with the appropriate amount of items.  Readers will see the number, hear the number read out loud, and can count the items on the page.

Duck, Duck, Porcupine! by Salina Yoon is a collection of 3 short stories all featuring Duck and Porcupine on different adventures.

The Grumpy Pet by Kristine A. Lombardi We all know that one grumpy person who doesn't get along with people who are happy, don't we?  This grumpy boy goes to the animal shelter to find a pet but... they're all happy.  He starts to think he won't find a pet until he finds a dog who is also grumpy, just like him.

Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman A little girl gets so mad at the horrible bear for rolling over and breaking her kite.  But all gets worked out with two simple little words "I'm sorry."

La Madre Goose: Nursey Rhymes por los ninos by Susan Middleton Elya This book takes the traditional American nursey rhymes and adds the occasional spanish word into the mix.

A Unicorn Name Sparkle by Amy Young is a cute story about a unicorn... wait is that goat pretending to be a unicorn?

I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt the beast in the cave must resist eating everything that comes near his cave.  It's easier to resist when they make you laugh.

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith is a funny fracture fairy tale version of Little Red Riding Hood.  Little Red realizes that the very hungry lion is pretending to be her sick auntie.  Little Red has fun doing Lions hair, brushing his teeth and teaching him to not eat children and aunties... or dads.

Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins I really liked this book because it illustrated the frogs true to size. I like seeing that and reading the informational text.

There's a Bear In My Chair by Ross Collins Bear irritates mouse by sitting in his chair.  Mouse gets back at Bear by going to his house.

Alan's Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis I laughed out loud reading this book.  I cannot wait to share this book with my students!  Alan the alligator rules the jungle until beaver finds out his secret.

Blocks by Irene Dickson is a sweet book about a boy and girl with colored blocks.

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