#IMWAYR February 20, 2017

This week I’ve been reading:

Middle Grade Novels

Every Single Second, by Tricia Springstubb

Torn between old friendship and new, 12-year-old Nella’s life is turned upside down when tragedy strikes her neighborhood. As she examines her relationships with friends, family, and her aging great-grandmother, Nella learns essential lessons about life, love, and forgiveness.
Recommended for: 5th-8th grade
Why: This novel begins to explore middle school themes (relationships, friendships, family dynamics) and has a complex plot that will appeal to middle school readers


Picture Books/Early Chapter Books

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, by Kate DiCamillo

You simply can’t go wrong with a series by Kate DiCamillo. Introducing my kids to Mercy Watson this week was definitely a highlight (even though my almost 3-year-old announced the first night that she “just hates that pig”–because I wouldn’t finish the book all in one sitting). This first  book in the series introduces us to Mercy and her antics as she climbs into bed with Mr. and Mrs. Watson, causing their bed to begin falling through the ceiling. Mayhem ensues as the neighbors and emergency responders get involved, leaving readers grinning ear to ear with the perfect conclusion. We’re absolutely looking forward to getting our hands on more from this series!
Recommended for: Pre-K through 3rd grade
Why: Great read aloud series for the youngest readers that will easily transition into the perfect independent reading series for 2nd and 3rd graders; perfect mentor text for thinking about characters and plot

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Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

My kids absolutely love Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, and I was so excited when this book showed up on my porch this week (I pre-ordered before Christmas and completely forgot about it). This book has the same cute rhyming qualities as the first, engaging readers in a day in the life of construction equipment. My kids were both grinning ear-to-ear by the end and immediately requested a reread.
Recommended for: Preschool through kindergarten
Why: The content of this book (construction) will appeal to a younger crowd and the language is fantastic for building vocabulary

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Paul Meets Bernadette, by Rosy Lamb

A sweet story about a goldfish named Paul who only swims around and around in his fishbowl until Bernadette arrives and “shows him the world.” This book was recommended to me by a friend and was a cute post-Valentine’s Day read.
Recommended for: 1st-4th grades
Why: Beautiful paintings draw the reader in, good for discussing perspective and character changes


The Ninjabread Man, by C.J. Leigh

Fun adaptation of the story of the Gingerbread Man–ninja style. After the sensei bakes a very special batch of cookies, each of the ninjas-in-training have their special skills put to the test. My ninja-loving pre-K son requested several reads of this one!
Recommended for: Preschool-2nd grade
Why: Appeals to readers familiar with the Gingerbread Man, especially those who are ninja-obsessed


There’s a Giraffe in My Soup, by Ross Burach

When a little boy’s soup arrives at his table with a giraffe inside, hilarity ensues. A delivery mix-up between the restaurant and the local zoo results in one interesting animal dish after another making its way to the table.
Recommended for: Preschool-1st grade
Why: The story is cute and simple to follow and will appeal to younger readers


Reading Progress Check-in

  • 2017 Total Progress: 75/230 books read
    • 18/100 chapter books
    •  3 graphic novels
  • #MustReadin2017 Progress: 20/30
  • My reading goals for the week:
    • Finish 2 novels
    • Finish Pernille Ripp’s new book (still working on this goal from last week!)

What is #IMWAYR?

Each Monday this year, I hope to join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I’ve done during the week, from picture books to young adult novels.



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