2015 Books: First Quarter

I read 76 total books during the first quarter of 2015.  Officially, that’s: 48 picture books, 18 middle grade novels, 5 adult books, 3 young adult books, and 2 audiobooks.  Here’s my top ten reads from this quarter:

10. I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson.  My fifth graders this year love this series and I hadn’t read it before, so I’m filling that gap.  This was funny and sad at the same time.  I loved how inspiring Jamie is.

9. The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena.  I am in love with how diverse children’s literature has become.  This was a beautiful picture book with a beautiful message.

8. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.  I can’t keep graphic novels on the shelf and I know my students will clamor for this book.  Great story of empowerment and never giving up.  

7. Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony.  Beckham and I loved this tale of a panda trying to give away his box of doughnuts.  Great reminder that manners are important.

6. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.  I devoured this in two days during our snow week.  I love books told in flashback and this was so engrossing.

5. The Way to Stay in Destiny by August Scattergood.  How can I resist a book that mentions Boone County, Kentucky as the main character’s former home?  This was a beautiful snapshot of life in the 70s and how politics can tear a family apart.

4. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.  I am sorry I did not read the 2015 Newbery winner sooner.  Novels in verse are one of my gap areas and I am working to fix that.  I love the unique voice in this book.

3. A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins.  I loved this so much that I borrowed it from the library two different times.  Beautifully illustrated with lots of uses in the classroom.

2. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan.  I.  Love.  This.  Book.  I expect to hear the title a lot at various book award ceremonies throughout 2015.  Don’t be intimidated by its 600 pages.  It reads swiftly.

1. The Truth about Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh.  I liked this book at first because it included recipes.  Then the story grabbed me and wouldn’t let it.  I literally read the last 100 pages with goosebumps amid shouts of, “What?! No way!” 

I’m looking forward to some great reads in spring and early summer! 


Snowmen at Night

Mrs. Gossett’s class

Isaiah Y. : I like when they have the treats.
Gavin K.: When they were having the snowball fight.
Kevin A.: When the snowman came alive.
Gage T.: I like when they decorated the tree.
Zharee G.: My favorite part was when he was in the sky flying in Santa’s sleigh.
Janell S.: When the boy makes the snowman.
Joshua M.: My favorite part is when the snowmen sing.
Dulce V.: I like when the snowmen hold hands around the Christmas tree.
Aretha J.: When Santa Claus comes!
Jayden I.: When the snowmen come to life.
Gavin C.: When the snowmen come alive and celebrate Christmas.
Frankie U.: When they sing.
Hailey L.: When the snowmen gathered around the Christmas tree.
Elijah V.: The snowmen singing around the tree.
Jalyse H.: My favorite part is when the snowmen came back home.
Jeremiah J.: I liked when Santa gave all of the snowmen presents.
Colton J.: When Santa comes to them!
Jasmine S.: My favorite part is when Santa came.
Gabe J.: The end of the book when they go home.
Emma P.: When the snowmen stand around the Christmas tree.
Michelle P.: I liked when the snowmen were singing a Christmas song.

Mrs. Johns’ Class
Hunter B.: When the snowman was Santa Claus.
Jordan M.: I liked when the people went to sleep.
Kaci D.: My favorite part was when the snowmen were asleep.
Brayden S.: When the snowmen were walking their dogs.
Jocelyn M.: My favorite part is when the snowmen gather together around the tree.
Maci F.: My favorite part of the story was when the snowmen were singing and when the snowmen ran away.
Bryson H.: I really liked the snowmen.
Alan G.: When the snowman was on the tree branch.
Juan E.: I liked the part when the snowman was like Santa Claus.
Sean C.: I like when the Santa Claus snowman came.
Kathryn G.: When the snowmen sing.
Savanna B.: When Santa Snowman came!
Vanessa B.: My favorite part is when Snow Santa Claus was on his sleigh with snowmen pushing him.
Marcos N.: When they built a snowman.
Guadalupe O.: When the snowmen sing.
Nola T.: My favorite part is when the snowmen sing.
Marleigh P.: When they were decorating the tree.
Evan A.: When they made snowmen treats.
Yeinor C.: My favorite part was when the snowmen sing.
Hayden C.: When the snowmen sing.
Joey T.: When the snowmen come alive.
Hayden W.: When the snowmen were walking.
Brayan A.: My favorite part was when Santa came.

Little Santa

Nevaeh D.: My favorite part is when Santa grows up.
Lindsay R.: My favorite was when Santa was the real Santa Claus.
Madeline K.: My favorite part is when Santa found the reindeer.
Fatima M.: When there’s a big blizzard.
Alexis A.: When he leaves to go home.
Journey B.: My favorite part was where Santa found the elves.
Aryana C.: When Sant gives presents to little kids.
Greyson J.: My favorite part is when the elves dug up the house.
Addyson W. : My favorite part was when he got the reindeer.
Joshua B.: My favorite part is when he grows up and he is chubby and he stays behind.
Brooklyn C.: My favorite part was when Santa Claus found the ri newer.
Kadin W.: My favorite part is the last page.
Saint M.: My favorite part is when Santa finds Dasher and how the elves made their sled.
Milton D.: my favorite part was when Santa grew up.
Hunter T.: When he sang to the tree but then it was a reindeer.
Zachariah M.: I like when he found the reindeer.
Aiden C.: I liked the reindeer.
Yifry R.: My favorite part is when Santa Claus saw the reindeer.
Tanner A.: My favorite part was when he found the elves and they made his sleigh.

#CometsConnect Challenge Day 2 Directions

For this challenge, you are responding to someone who has mentioned you in a tweet.  A mention is anytime someone uses your name and handle in a tweet.  For example, I am mentioned in the tweet below:

Underneath the tweet, you see three symbols.  An arrow pointing to the left, a two arrows together, making a box, and a star.  The reply button is the first symbol.  Clicking that symbol will bring up a new tweet box, but will already include the handle of the person who mentioned you.  Type your tweet (don’t forget the hashtag!), then click tweet.  Your reply will be sent to your tweep! Don’t forget–your tweet will be visible to all people who follow the person to whom you replied.

Any questions?  Just tweet them!

November 2014 Reads

1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fiery by Gabrielle Zevin
2. Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood
3. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
4. The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
5. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
6. The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
7. Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea
8. While You Were Napping by Jenny Offill
9. Ivan: The Remarkable Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate
10. Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka
11. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
12. Catch That Cookie by Hallie Durand
13. Horton and the Kwuggerbug: And More Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss
14. The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins
15. Piper by Emma Chichester Clarke
16. I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer
17. Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton
18. Vanilla Ice Cream by Bob Graham
19. Rent and Lulu by Kevin Hawkes
20. Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham
21.17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill
22. We Gather Together…Now Please Get Lost! by Diane DeGroat
23. Aviary Wonders, Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth
24. Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers
25. Old Manhattan Has Some Farms by Susan Lendroth
26. Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya
27. Marcel the Shell with Shoes In: Things About Me by Jenny Slate
28. Maple and Willow Together by Lori Nichols
29. Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas
30. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
31. Falling In by Frances O’Roark Dowell
32. Backhoe Joe by Lori Alexander
33. Dear Malala, We Stand With You by Rosemary McCarney
34. Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy
35. Quest by Aaron Becker
36. Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
37. Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
38. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
39. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

My summer break is winding down, but my reading is really amping up. I read four books last week! I am 4 books away from 50 for the summer.

My first read was the new Jojo Moyes, One Plus One. I wanted yo finish this before heading out of town in the middle of the week. The story was so good that my mission was accomplished. This was only my second Moyes book, but I plan to read more.

Next up was Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff. I. Loved. This. Book. It would pair wonderfully with Wonder. I am starting a book club for students this year and I can’t wait to read this with the kids.

I also read White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan. This is a KBA selection for 3-5 and offers great discussions for students, especially about careers with animals.

I finished Comics Squad: Recess yesterday. My students will go nuts over this one. Babymouse and Lunch Lady together in one book? Yes, please! The Raina Telgemeier story will tide them over until I can read Sisters and start selling that one.

This is my last week of break, so I’ll be finishing projects (like cleaning the basement) and spending time with my family. But that won’t slow me down! The more I read, the more I can share with my students!

Make it a great week!

Celebrate Sunday!

Three things I’m celebrating from this past week:


1.  My Twitter feed.  I really got into Twitter this past year.  I don’t tweet much, but I do follow some pretty amazing librarians and bibliophiles.  Many of them are attending ALA Annual in Las Vegas this week, and I am loving the tweets they are sending.  My favorite so far has been the picture of the president of ALA, flanked by two Vegas showgirls, opening the conference.  It was hysterical.


2.  Diaper studies.  Beckham and I participated in two diaper studies this past week, netting $155.00 in easy money.  As soon as we came home, I discovered two more emails from P&G, inviting us to participate in a few more studies.  Look out, Kohl’s, Mama needs some new sandals and a bathing suit.


3.  Free family events.  We have outstanding Parks and Rec programs here in NKY.  My calendar is full of fun events that we plan to attend.  The highlight of this week was Touch a Truck at a park in Taylor Mill.  My boy is crazy about all things transportation, so he had a great time exploring the various tractors, diggers, and emergency vehicles that were open to him.


What are you celebrating this week?