It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/07/19

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers and share all of your readings of the week.

Happy Monday All! Sticking to my reading challenge of books from the Fuse 8 Productions Top 100 Lists and any additional books I find captivating here is what I finished this week.

The Giver written by Lois Lowry

If I could start re-reading this book without getting behind on my challenge I would. This is one of those books that seems like the more you read it the more you will understand and figure out. This book is beautiful but also deeply disturbing at the same time. It makes you really think. I really don’t want to give away much of this book so everyone who decides to read it can enjoy.

Owl Moon written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr

This Caldecott Medal winner is about a child’s first time searching for owls with her father. While they wait anxiously to hear an owl they both have to stay silent so they don’t scare the animals away. I really enjoyed this book and remembered reading it in my childhood.

This book is full of imagery! It would be great to have students start understanding setting. They could close their eyes while they are listening the story and try to describe the scenes as we go through. You could also use this book in relation to a silent exercise for students to practice being quiet.

Goodnight Moon written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

This is such a soft and comforting book. I also had this book read to me when I was younger and I remember liking it. It is a story of a character that is going to sleep and wishing most of the items in their room a goodnight.

In my opinion, this book fits best for grades PreK-2nd. You could do a few things with this book and your students. If they are younger, would have my students make lists of items in their own rooms that they say goodnight to before going to sleep. If they were older, this is a great book to have them try and tell time from the clocks in the photos and figure out how much time has passed.

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly written by Lucille Colandro, illustrated by Jared Lee

I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book as a child. I have very vivid memories of this story that flooded back to me once I started the first passage. This book is a great and comedic rhyming book that kids will enjoy.

I would use this book in grades K-2. In my classroom I would have the students cut out a printed picture of the Old Lady. They could them put all the animals into her stomach by either cutting them out or drawing them.

Knuffle Bunny A Cautionary Tale written by Mo Willems

This book is a very popular children’s picture book. It is extremely creative with the illustrations. I really liked the colored cartoon characters on a black and white photo. The way Willems decided to do this makes the characters stand out. This story would be very relatable for children who are attached to a toy but I am not sure I would implement it in my classroom.

So, what are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments below and maybe even chip in your two cents of what I should read next!

14 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/07/19

  1. Destiny- I am so happy to see that you read and reviewed The Giver. It is one that I haven’t read and want to but I have seen mixed reviews on it. Is it one that you would recommend? If so, what age group? Goodnight Moon is a classic that I have read with my kids so many times and know it by heart. Knuffle Bunny is another favorite. Have you read Knuffle Bunny Too and Knuffle Bunny Free? If not, I would highly recommend them. Mo Willems is one of my favorite authors.

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    1. Hi! I personally would recommend The Giver if you like books such as Divergent, Matched, The Hunger Games, etc. It is very much a dystopian novel and not everyone likes that genre. I personally love it. I would wait to use this book in 6th grade or even middle and high school. It covers some great context but I think students will need to be a little older to understand them. I have not read Knuffle Bunny Too or Knuffle Bunny Free. I’ll have to watch for them at the library! What other books has Mo Willems written that you like?


    1. I remembered Owl Moon from my childhood and really liked it. Did you have it read to you when you were younger? Did you read it to your kids if you have any? I know The Giver has some mixed reviews and I am glad to hear from other people who liked it as well.


  2. Destiny,
    Great post! Goodnight Moon was (and is) one of my all time favorite books. It was the book that I would chose to have read to me night after night as a little kid, and I even received a new copy as a gift because it meant so much to me. The “There Was an Old Lady” series are some of the most humorous children’s books and I think they would be great to keep in a classroom. I also read Knuffle Bunny this year and thought it was a great story. Did you have a favorite book this week?

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    1. Goodnight Moon is a classic but I think my favorite this week was the chapter book, The Giver. I know it has very mixed reviews but it was right up my alley! For picture books, I think There Was an Old Lady probably gets my vote for favorite. It’s just so funny and I would really like to keep it in my classroom.


  3. Oh my, you’ve shared some of my favorites here. My children still love to read Goodnight Moon before bedtime (and they’re STILL discovering new things in the illustrations). And I agree, The Giver is definitely worth a re-read. Looks like you’ve had an incredible reading week, Destiny! Thanks for all these shares and for linking up with #imwayr!

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    1. It was a great week of reading. Goodnight Moon is a classic that was read to me a lot as a child. I think there are a lot of ways to implement other contents of curriculum with it as well. I know a lot of people have mixed feelings on The Giver and I’m glad to hear from someone who liked it as well! Thank you!


  4. Wow, all great books. Isn’t it fun to re-encounter favorites from your childhood?

    And as a teacher, I hope you read many books to your students, some as part of a lesson and others just for fun. So don’t give up on Knuffle Bunny in schools yet.


  5. Destiny,
    I really like how you read a chapter book and multiple picture books. Did you find that you were more motivated to read the picture books or the chapter book? I know that I save the book I want to read the most for the last book that I read because it motivates me to read the rest of the books I picked for the week.

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    1. This week it was the chapter book that was more motivating. I really enjoyed it and didn’t want to put it down! That’s a fantastic idea. I did the opposite but next week I will have to try out that tactic to see if I will finish my other books faster. Thanks!


  6. Destiny!

    Once again great blog! I instantly was flooded with memories from grade school. We use to sing a song about the old woman who swallowed a fly. I can literally see my band teacher playing the piano and us kids are screaming this song/story. Ohhhh the memories. I am definitely going to add this to my book. I too have read Owl Moon and Good Night Moon. I think both books are awesome to read to kids right before bed. They are both pretty short and have a calming effect. I honestly have yet to read the Giver. What grade level would you recommend for the Giver?

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    1. Thank you! I had a really fun time with these books because they brought back a lot of memories for me too. I would recommend The Giver for grades 7-12 due to the complexity of the novel but honestly, depending on the group of kids, I would go as low as 5th grade. It really does depend on the kids though. Do you like dystopian novels?


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