Monday, July 8, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? July 8, 2013

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

These memes were started by Teach Mentor Texts and Book Journeys, to inspire readers to share books they have read and will be reading. I have found many of my current reads by following bloggers participating in It’s Monday! What are you reading? Be sure to check out their sites for more information on what they are reading, and learn how to participate. 


Last Week’s Favorites:


Title: Contaminated
Author:  Em Garner 
Review:  I wrote a review, a few days ago, for this book, which will be released on July 23.

 Three Hens and a Peacock

 Title:  Three Hens and a Peacock
Author: Lester Laminack
Illustrator:  Henry Cole
Review: In true Lester Laminack fashion, readers learn about acceptance and appreciation of others, through Three Hens and a Peacock.  The three hens are jealous of the new peacock, who is receiving more attention than they have ever received.  Therefore, the hens and the peacock decide to reverse roles for a day, and they quickly learn how difficult it is to be something that you  are not.

  Ian's Walk: A Story about Autism

 Title:  Ian's Walk:  A Story About Autism
Author: Laurie Lears
Illustrator:  Karen Ritz
Review: It's the perfect day for a walk, but Tara and Julie must take their little brother Ian on the walk with them.  A walk for Ian is a completely different sensory experience than a walk for Julie and Tara.  Ian enjoys sights, sounds and touch is a completely different way than most people.  This would be a great text to use with students, of all ages, to begin explaining the sensory portion of autism.

 On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

 Title: On A Beam of Light:  A Story of Albert Einstein
Author:  Jennifer Berne
Illustrator:  Vladimir Radunsky
Review: This is by far one of my favorite non-fiction picture books!  Albert Einstein spent his life questioning and wondering about everything around him.  Many people thought he would never succeed because he was so different, but he obviously did more than just succeed. .  The aspect I loved most, about this book, is the focus around he how questioned everything, no matter what anyone else thought.  Jennifer Berne uses the story of Albert Einstein to inspire young children to continually question and solve life's wonderings. 

 The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses

Title:  The Pet Project:  Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses
Author:  Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator:  Zachariah Ohora 
Review: Poetry is something I try very hard to love, but I'm just not there yet.  However, The Pet Project is a poetry book worth loving.  A young girl wants a new pet, but her parents require her to research and create a scientific plan, for all options, before deciding on a favorite.  There is a poem for each animal observed and the results of each environment observed.  This would be a great poetry mentor text when teaching the scientific method.

 Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Title:  Timmy Failure:  Mistakes Were Made
Author:  Stephan Pastis
Review:  I can't wait to recommend this book to students!  Timmy runs a detective agency with his pet polar bear, Total.  However, Timmy lacks a sense of social thinking and seems to miss the obvious, within every case he tries to solve.   I plan on using this book when teaching examples of social thinking.  Students who love Wimpy Kid are sure to love Timmy Failure!

 How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl

Title:  How to Be Human:  Diary of an Autistic Girl
Author:  Florida Franz
Review:  I also wrote a review, a couple days ago, for this book, which will be released on September 10.  I highly recommend all teachers, parents and peers, of someone with autism, to read this book!

 Living with Jackie Chan

Title:  Living with Jackie Chan
Author:  Jo Knowles
Review:  This is the follow up to Jumping Off Swings, a book I have yet to read.  However, that did not keep me from loving this book.  Readers follow Josh through ups and downs of his senior year at a new school, in a new town, while living with his uncle.  Josh is trying to come to terms with giving a son, he never met, up for adoption.  What Josh never expected is that karate would be just the way to learn to except things he can not change. Look for this book to be released on September 10, 2013.

Reading Plans for this Week: 

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes, #1)

Title:  The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Author:  Christopher Healy
Illustrator:  Todd Harris

The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle

Title:  The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle
Author:  Christopher Healy

Title:  Rotters (Audio Book free from SYNC until July 3) 
Author:  Daniel Kraus
Still listening!  This is a long one, and because of the content, it's difficult to sneak listening moments in, when my children aren't around.

 Eye of the Storm

Title:  Eye of the Storm
Author:  Kate Messner

 Whoever You Are

Title:  Whoever You Are
Author:  Mem Fox
Illustrator:  Leslie Staub

 Skin Again

Title:  Skin Again
Author:  bell hooks
Illustrator:  Chris Raschka

 We Share One World

Title:  We Share One World
Author:  Jane E. Hoffelt
Illustrator:  Marty Husted

All the Colors of the Earth

Title:  All the Colors of the Earth
Author:  Sheila Hamanaka

Same, Same But Different

Title:  Same, Same but Different
Author:  Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

 A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism

Title:  A Land We Can Share:  Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism
Author:  Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott


  1. I think you'll love Eye of the was fantastic! I'm going to check out the Albert Einstein book...looks great for thinking about questioning. Thanks for the ideas!

    1. I never got a chance to start Eye of the Storm. So many books, so little time! I will start it before the start of the school year.

  2. I am intrigued by the book How to Be Human - thank you for the thoughtful review. I also really want to read this Jo Knowles book - I am a big fan of hers. My son LOVED Hero's Guide #1 and is begging me for the second. I think I will read the first this summer too. Looks like you have some great picture books on the horizon. Whoever you are is a favourite of mine.

    1. The pictures books were all taken from Lester Laminacks new book Bullying Hurts. He uses them to teach kindness through read alouds and guided conversations.

  3. Timmy Failure was a hit in my classroom for the couple of months I had it in there - Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans really devoured it.
    Enjoy Hero's Guide - they are hilarious and so well done :)

    Thank you so much for participating in IMWAYR and happy reading this week :)