Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 #pb10for10 (Picture Book 10 for 10)

I always love participating in Cathy & Mandy's #pb10for10 event to celebrate picture books that are must haves for my classroom to share with students and seeing what picture books everyone else shares. These would all be fabulous #classroombookaday choices also! I inevitably end up with a longer wish list and shopping cart and a maxed out hold list at my library. So get ready, and then go check out other educators lists today! 

The thing is, I have such a hard time limiting things to just 10, so as you know if you've seen my posts before, I always get a bit creative with my numbering. And this year is even more special because I have a new job!
I'm transitioning from being out of the classroom as a literacy consultant into a new role as a K-5 school library media specialist.
I am beyond excited, especially to be back sharing books with kids again, and I approached this year's list a bit differently because I've been thinking so much about the picture books I'm eager to share with students once we get back to school, but I also know the books I might choose to read with my K-2 kids might be different from what I choose for my 3-5 kids.
So with all of that in mind, I'm sharing my 10 books for K-2 AND my 10 books for K-5, PLUS my 5 I'll for sure share with both grade level groups, so there's another 10 when shared twice (I told you it was creative counting this year!). I know Cathy will call me out on this (I know, I know, I make it my own, but I love the concept!), but that's ok, because it's more love for picture books, which is always a good thing! :)

You can see my previous year's #pb10for10 lists by clicking on the year:
  2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Podcast Interview About #classroombookaday

I was honored to be invited to participate in a Books Between podcast by Corrina Allen last week. It was a great conversation on the start of #classroombookday, why it was so successful, and includes MANY book recommendations! I wasn't expecting the final version to be an hour, but it is, so make sure you have time if you're sitting down to listen.

You can find the podcast & a typed list of all of the book recommendations right here.
*Corrina also asked me about some non-picture books I've been reading and loving lately (and that starts around 55:00 on the recording).

Happy (listening &) reading!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Books to Add to Your Summer TBR

If you're looking to add to your summer TBR stacks (and let's be honest, if you're reading this blog, you likely are), below are some ideas on where to start. These are some of my favorite recent reads I'd recommend for teachers to share with students.

Picture Books
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
Flowers for Sarajevo by John McCutcheon, illus by Kristy Caldwell
When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson, illus by Julie Flett
Shark Lady by Jess Keating, illus by Marta Álvarez Miguéns
If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams
Claymates by Dev Petty, illus by Lauren Eldridge
That Neighbor Kid by Daniel Miyares (wordless)
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illus by Julie Flett (board book)
My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne del Rizzo
Early Sunday Morning by Denene Millner, illus by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Life by Cynthia Rylant, illus by Brendan Wenzel
Blue Sky, White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus, illus by Kadir Nelson
My Kicks: A Sneaker Story! by Susan Verde, illus by Katie Kath
Out! by Arree Chung
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty, illus by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Early Readers
Barkus by Patricia MacLachlan, illus by Marc Boutavant
King & Kayla series by Dori Hillestead Butler, illus by Nancy Meyers
Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder
Fergus and Zeke by Kate Messner
My Kite is Stuck! and Other Stories by Salina Yoon (book #2)
Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton (book #2 in the early graphic novel series)

Middle Grade
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
The Time Museum by Matthew Loux (graphic novel)
Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds (out Aug 1)

Young Adult
In a Perfect World by Trish Doller
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - if there's anyone left who hasn't read it yet!
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Saints & Misfits by S.K. Ali
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

*When possible, please support independent bookstores or your local library.

Monday, July 3, 2017

#classroombookaday is on Nerdy Book Club Today

I'm honored to be the guest poster over on the Nerdy Book Club blog today. 
I'm grateful for the opportunity to share the origin story of #classroombookaday & testimonials from some wonderful teachers who have seen the power of shared stories to positively impact their own classroom communities. I also started a #classroombookaday group on Facebook last week, so if you're participating and want to join our community, join us there.

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