It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/28/19

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 Everyone! Last week I put a specific number of books towards my reading goal. I spent a little more time reading picture books this week but, sticking to my challenge, here is what I read last week.


Crenshaw written by Katherine Applegate

WOW! That’s about all I can say about this book so far. I am 3/4 of the way through this book and am happy to report that Applegate does not disappoint with this novel. “The One and Only Ivan” was wonderful and this book follows closely in its steps. I will give more of a review next week once I have finished the book.


Holes written by Louis Sachar

This 1999 Newbery Medal Award winner has me hooked so far. I mostly focused on “Crenshaw” this week but I got about 1/4 way into this book this week. I have read it once before and love Louis Sachar as an author but am really enjoying re-reading it. I will have a full review on this book next week as well.


Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus written by Mo Willems

An adorable book with a very expressive and eager pigeon. This pigeon wants to drive the bus so badly that he tries tricks, bribery, and pleading. This would be a good read aloud book. You could also use it to make up persuasive phrases for the pigeon or to look at the relationship of dialog and speech bubbles.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat written by Lucille Colandro

I read this book solely for the purpose of Halloween coming up. A fun Halloween version to the original “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” The only reason I would use this book in my classroom is to incorporate the holiday with a fun read.


You Get What You Get written by Julie Gassman

Melvin throws a fit after he doesn’t get what he wants. He has to learn how to deal with disappointment but his parents don’t know the rule. Can he still get away with throwing fits at home? How long will it last before his parents find out about the rule?

This would be a great book for Pre K and Kindergarten groups. It teaches the lesson that you get what you get and you have to deal with it without getting mad and yelling.


Ellie written by Mike Wu

The zookeeper has some sad news that the zoo has to close. The animals decide to do things to make the zoo look nicer so that people will want it to stay open. Ellie just isn’t sure how to help. What will she discover is her hidden talent that might save the zoo?

A simple and cute story about discovering your talents and purpose. I personally would use this book just as an independent or read aloud book in my classroom. It would be good for grades Pre K through 1st.


At the Old-Haunted House written by Helen Ketteman

Come take a tour around a haunted house and it’s grounds as readers are introduced to the creepy creatures through rhyme. Each number is represented by a parent and their children. Mixing Halloween with a counting book is great to help children adore the book. I think it would be best for Pre K and Kindergarten. I read it aloud to the 5-year-olds I help with all day and they really enjoyed it.


Bubba, The Cowboy Prince written by Helen Ketteman

Another Ketteman book that I remember loving in my childhood. A cowboy named Bubba works on a ranch with his evil step daddy and evil step brothers but he is treated terrible. The cowboys have a chance to meet a beautiful cowgirl, Miz Lurleen, who is looking for a husband. Can Bubba possibly be her prince?

“Bubba, The Cowboy Prince” is the classic Cinderella Story, but…not. This would be a great book for any age in elementary. It could be used as a read aloud to a lesson on plot and point of view relationship of the original story. Overall, I found this book as great as I did as a child.


Giraffe Meets Bird written by Rebecca Bender

Giraffe, who is tall enough to see the high branches of a tree, sees a nest with an egg and meets baby bird. Bird and Giraffe often share the same emotions and share a tree. When Bird falls out of the tree and a lion is nearby, will Giraffe rescue him? What will happen next?

This is a sweet story that can help teach children synonyms. I personally did not enjoy the book and found it hard to read. The story is not very original and an average telling overall. The pictures where beautiful but I am not sure I would use the book in my classroom.


What are you reading this week?

10 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/28/19

  1. I love how you incorporated so many Halloween related titles in your reading this week! I remember enjoying The Old Lady who swallowed a fly when I was younger, so the bat spin-off is going on my list. Ellie seems delightful. Did you notice any similarities between it and The One and Only Ivan?

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    1. I wanted to make sure I incorporated a little bit of the holiday since I work with some young kids who love new books. My favorite thing about “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat” was that it said imagine that instead of the original phrase used in the novel about her swallowing a fly. It made it a little more fun for the kids. “Ellie” has a few similarities to “The One and Only Ivan” but still has its differences for sure. I had not really thought about it until you mentioned it though! Good connection.

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  2. Holes is a great book. I also love the movie. You could have a movie day with an older group of students after reading this book. “There Once Was a Lady Who Swallowed a Bat” also looks cute. I think students really enjoy when we can incorporate holiday activities into the classroom so this would be a great book to do that with.

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    1. I agree, it would be a great addition to a lesson with the book. Students defiantly enjoy the change of incorporating holidays into the classroom. I think it would be fun to introduce students to the original “There Was An Old Lady” book at the beginning of the month and then read this version later. You could then have students compare and contrast them maybe or vote on their favorite. Thoughts?

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  3. Hi Destiny,
    One of the reasons that I enjoyed reading your book list this week is because you incorporated ideas on how to use it in the classroom. Isn’t it amazing how many ideas we can come up with if we keep an eye open for them? I need to get “Crenshaw” soon, because I have heard so many good things about it. The first thing that attracted me to the giraffe book was the adorable illustration, so I’m glad you told me about it being not very reader friendly. Strange how that works for a kid’s book, but it does happen. As far as the Bubba Cowboy book, did it seem to keep the boys’ attention (sometimes they’re not into love stories that much)?

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    1. Thank you DJ 😁 Adding in a way to use the book in the classroom has been a challenge at times but I really enjoy it. “Crenshaw” is a very good book that I would suggest if you like Applegate’s writing style. The boys seemed to like “Bubba The Cowboy Prince” more than the original story but I wouldn’t say they liked this version more than the girls did still. The boys did like all the cowboy humor though!

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  4. Destiny,
    These sound like great books! Holes in particular is a great one, and this is one of those times where a movie is almost as good as a book. The books always have more details and give you a more full story though. I’m also a big fan or the “There Was An Old Lady” series. We read those books a lot at the preschool and the kids always get a kick out of them. Around what grade level would you introduce Holes?

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    1. I loved “Holes” honestly! I agree about the movies as well. The movie was good and mostly followed the book which made it better. I would introduce “Holes” either at grade level 2nd or 3rd as a read aloud.

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  5. Crenshaw and Holes are fabulous reads! My son began reading Holes just recently and has found himself not able to put the book down. Your Reading lists continue to amaze me and I relate very well to each of them. I’m going to go pick up some of your other choices to add to my next weeks list, it’s so fun to see what everyone is reading’

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    1. I have never read Crenshaw before now but had read Holes. Crenshaw was shockingly great but also hard to read. Did you find the topics hard at all? That would be awesome. I think one of my favorite parts about this class is finding new books through other classmates. I have found so many books and fun reads through others!

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