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

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 & Midterm Break! With midterms last week I did not get any additional reading over my four hours but I did stick to my challenge to read as many books of the Fuse 8 Productions Top 100 Lists but also pick up other stories that look interesting. Here we go….

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret written by Judy Blume

This book has been delightfully comedic so far. I am about halfway through it and I have found myself sad when I have to put it down. I really like Judy Blume as an author and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for Margaret next on her adventure of growing up. A full review will come next week.

Crispin The Cross of Lead written by Avi

Another book I have only made it about halfway through. I recognized the cover of this book from my childhood but honestly have not remembered the story at all. It is a very interesting book that takes place in the 14th century medieval England. I will give a more complete review next week.

Fun with Roman Numerals written by David A. Adler, illustrated by Edward Miller III

Like a few of my classmates, I got some help on a book to read from my math course. We were tasked to find a children’s picture book that contained concepts of elementary math and write a lesson plan based on the book.

This book was very cute and would be a great addition for any classroom teaching Roman numerals. I chose to place it in a 4th grade lesson plan due to all the concepts related to Roman numerals this book covers. Overall, great and I would highly suggest checking it out.

Those Pesky Rabbits written by Ciara Flood

Each day I am at work I do story time with the 4 and 5-year-olds that I am with that day. The next three books are ones that they selected for me to read from their library rack.

Bear lives alone with no one in sight. He is content but one day a family of rabbits move in right next door! When the rabbits start knocking on his door often he is not happy. A wonderful book about learning to accept change. I would say this book is best for grades Pre K-3rd due to the lessons it encompasses.

The illustrations were honestly the best part of this novel. They are sure to give you and students a laugh. Here’s a little preview of them…

Stanley the Mailman by William Bee

This book follows Stanley’s day delivering mail to his friends throughout the day. The readers are lucky and get to see what is in each package Stanley delivers. A great book to work on colors or predictions with students Pre K-1st grade. There are multiple Stanley books that you could use to introduce the concept of a series.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type written by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Cows that type and hens on strike?! Farmer Brown has some tough negotiations to make with his animals. This book is actually a 2001 Caldecott Honor Award winner and I can see why. It was hilarious and creative way to talk about power struggles and negotiating to students. I think this book fits best for grades 1st-3rd as an echo read or just a fun book to read.

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business written by Esphyr Slobodkina

A peddler with several colored caps stacked on top of his head tries to sell his caps by saying, “caps for sale, 50 cents a cap.” Having no luck, he decides to take a nap by a tree. While he naps a bunch of mischievous monkeys sitting in the tree take his caps! What will the peddler do to get his caps back? This old-timey book would be a great book to introduce patterns or problem solving in math. This is one of my new favorites and I would suggest reading it if you have not already.

So, what are you reading this week? What did you think of my list?

Happy Reading!

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

  1. Destiny, I am so excited to see a review on “Caps for Sale”! If I remember correctly it’s an older book (70’s era maybe?) that I read last year with my 3rd grade student after we randomly found it on the bookshelf in his room. I never thought of using it for problem solving, that is a good idea! How did you find this book?!

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    1. Hi! Yes, “Caps for Sale” is an older book that has stood the test of time. I was honestly shocked by how much I loved the book. Did you do any activities with it or was it more just a fun class read? I actually found the book through the Fuse 8 Productions Top 100 Picture Books list. It was a fantastic find!

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  2. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is a classic. I know I say that about a lot of books but it just is. Judy Blume has a way of pulling your emotions every which way. I read it a long time ago but should read it again. The Click Clack Moo books are just fun. Kids really respond to them and the attention-grabbing illustrations. Those Pesky Rabbits sounds like it would be a great classroom read. Are you enjoying the reading challenge? Have you found anything to be more difficult than you initially thought it would be?

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    1. I agree that “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” is a classic. This might be my new favorite Judy Blume book! I hope you get a chance to reread it soon. I am really enjoying my reading challenge. It is more vague which helps me stay motivated to keep reading and I feel more freedom to choose from a great selection of books. The hardest part for me is to get through the children’s novels. I tend to want to read them slower than I need to to read as many as I can. So far, I haven’t had any trouble choosing them but I wonder if towards the end I will struggle picking which books to read. What is your top difficulty with your reading challenge?


      1. The most difficult part for me with this challenge has been getting the novels read. In all honesty, I put in the same amount of time reading a novel as I do reading an assortment of picture books, but it feels like I get more reading done when I read picture books. I should probably tweak my challenge a little but my daughter has been having so much fun doing the challenge with me. For my second blog post this week, I actually read a book with my son. He’s in junior high so it hasn’t been as easy to have him join in on it. I have really enjoyed reading everyone else’s recommended books. It has introduced me to some awesome literature that I may not have even known about otherwise.

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  3. ‘Are You There God’ sounds like a good book. Based off of the title I would not have guessed that it would be a funny book. I want to look into that book more and I cannot wait for you to post more about it. The roman numerals book you read also seems to be helpful. I love finding books that you can use in the classroom. Students are drawn to them because it is supplemental but also fun to read.

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    1. Hi Shayla! If you have not had the chance to read “Are You There God…” I would suggest trying to find it. It was so great! I will he posting more about it tomorrow so hopefully it sounds like something you will enjoy. The book on Roman Numerals was a great resource. I’ve noticed in my observations of classrooms if students have a book to help with math concepts more tend to understand what the teacher is going over. Have you noticed this too?


  4. Are You There God has been on my reading list for awhile, but I haven’t actually gotten to it. Actually there have been so many books piling up on my reading list I wonder if I’ll even be able to get to them all before the class is over. Possibly if I pick up my reading pace! Click Clack Moo is a favorite in our house! Oh, the power of persuasion!

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    1. I highly suggest reading “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” It is such a good book about coming of age. I too have a large to be read list that just keeps growing. I have already planned to continue reading far beyond this class. “Click Clack Moo” was a very fun book to read and I think it has very good lessons in it. Since you have read this book, what age group do you think it would be best for?


  5. Destiny,
    Great post! I like what you set out to read and I think that will give you some very interesting books. I read Hats for Sale and thought it was a great silly story to read to lower elementary students. I haven’t read the other ones on your list, but I am intrigued by Are You There God? It sounds like a bit of a heavy title, but I like that you said it was funny. Did you have a favorite book this week?

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    1. Hi Addison! I would have to say for my favorite books this week “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” was my favorite chapter book and “Caps For Sale” was my favorite picture book. “Caps For Sale” was a delightful read and has a lot of teaching opportunities. “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” was more of a funny coming of age book.


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