Monday, January 8, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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

Hi Friends.  It's me.  :)

I'm working on reading 40 Books this year!  Because in the words of my 9 year old, "You need to celebrate 40 more Mom!"  

So, these are the 3 I'm working on for that goal this week:

So, my 9 year old is reading these right now.  And he asked me to read them when he was done.  Um.  Yes please.   I'm pretty sure I've read Sisters before, but that's just a minor detail.  And I've been wanting to read this is perfect.  My heart is bursting because Li'l T and I can finally share books together.  

So, discipling is quite a trendy topic among churches these days.  (And I'm in church work now, so I have to pay attention.)  Honestly, the books, sermons, articles, etc. that I've read up until this point were discouraging.  Too guilt-oriented.  But this book.  Approaches this topic in such an authentic way.  (And I was Skeptical.  With a capital S.)  But it was exactly what I was looking for.  

In my classroom these past few days we've read:

We've been studying Eric Carle as an mentor author.  These are two that we've read to look at how authors use patterns, time, and themes to write stories.  

My kids love this book.  We've also been looking carefully at story structures and how we can use them to discuss books.  Beyond discussion problem and solution, it was a great conversation about staying true to who we were created to be!  

One more.  I love cookbooks.  Mostly I check them out from the library in stacks because it wasn't feasible to continue purchasing them.  But this one was an impulse buy at the bookstore.  (We had gift cards and it was 40% off!  You would do it too...)  
There is a lot that I'm excited to try.  Recipes for me are also like book stacks.  There is always room for another one!  

Friends, to re-catch the writing bug, I have challenged myself to a 31 day writing spree.  I won't be tweeting everything I write, but would be honored if you swung by and took a look.  Thanks.  



  1. Still loving your reason for those 40 books! Pretty cute.

  2. Me, too (from Carrie) & I will look for Stripes, looks very cute! Thanks, Kendra!

  3. I don't know if you'll see it over on my post, but Margarita Engle replied on Twitter when I sent her your comment. "Thank you, Crystal! I am especially thrilled to read about the boy who loved Drum Dream Girl!
    #YPPLaureate #Poetryfoundationchildren"

  4. So fun to see what you are reading!