Monday, August 15, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Visit Jen at Teach MentorTexts and Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders to see what they've been reading, along with everyone else who link up.

Back to school time is here.  As we traveled to the library last week, I took the opportunity to stock up on some read alouds for the first 3 days.  

I've been taking this book on home visits with me.  It is such a gentle read on the power of reading and the fun that comes with it!  

This is a beautiful book.  As the child wanders through the book and interacts with each animal, he's having so many experiences.  But there was no tribe of kids.  When he finds the tribe of kids, you have to wonder if he was really lost, or if he was simply on a journey.  I think this is a beautiful read about community.  


What a relaxing read aloud.  Simply calming, as children relate to bedtime routines, and the adventures one can have at bedtime.  

When all the little friends go to music class, everyone is having a blast!  One small friend is watching from the side at first.  A joyful read about joining in when you are ready.  

A read aloud for fun!  I adore Snappsy and his voice in this story.  

Finally, I keep marveling at my own kids and their reading.  Big A pulled this book off the shelf for me and said, "Mom, if you recommend books to me, I'll do the same for you."  I have a couple other books I'm trying to finish as well, so I'll need to get busy!  




  1. Love Twenty Yawns and Snappsy! Land of Stories is sitting on my TBR shelf, but I haven't gotten there yet.

    There has been some controversy over A Tribe of Kids and it's use of "playing Indian" imagery hewing to unfortunate stereotypes.

  2. Awww, so many beautiful picture books!! I really loved Music Class Today and the way it celebrates and embraces the fact that working with children requires patience and love and an understanding that kids engage in different ways and at different speeds.

  3. I've seen the controversy about Tribe. I have not seen if Lane has ever responded back. I actually got the book from the library again to look at the illustrations. I'm not sure if we're reading into it too much or not... I do think you can use it to talk about community!
    Love Twenty Yawns :)

    1. Hi Michele! I sent Katie a message earlier. I'm so thankful for colleagues that will share this insight with me. I saw kids who loved outside when I read this book, but will now consider it with a more empathetic eye when choosing it for a read aloud. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. You've got some of my favorite picture books listed. Music Class Today! is new to me, so I ordered it from my library. I'll also have to check out The Wishing Spell, looks like a great middle grade read. Have an awesome week!

  5. I have Twenty Yawns in my library stack! Snappsy is adorable! I, too, saw the controversy surrounding There is a Tribe of Kids, but honestly, I didn't see it as harmful.

  6. I really enjoyed The Land of Stories. Good recommendation from Big A. I definitely need to get a copy of This is Not a Picture Book.

  7. I also adored Snapsy - such a fun read aloud!