Monday, August 20, 2012

Today's Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/20/12

Jen and Kellee host a weekly meme called "What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA." It encourages you to share what you read during the previous week and to plan what you're going to read/review during the current week. Thank you, Kelly and Jen, for hosting this fun meme.

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School. By Laura Murray. Illustrated by Mike Lowery. Putnam, 2011. Interest level: K-2.

Why did I re-read it?

I would have created my back-to-school display much faster if I had not stopped to re-read almost every picture book I placed on the table, but it is nearly impossible not to take a peek inside your favorite picture books. It feels as though you’re reconnecting with long lost friends.

I’m very happy that I re-read and connected with The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School because its book trailer premiered last night. (Special thanks to artist Carter Higgins for creating and sharing it.)

When will I recommend it?

A Kindergarten Teacher: "Can you recommend a read-aloud for the fourth day of school?"

A First-Grade Teacher: "I want to create a scavenger hunt that requires my students to visit different rooms around the school."

-I would give the teacher a copy of this activity guide.

Creepy Carrots. By Aaron Reynolds. Illustrated by Peter Brown. Simon & Schuster, 2012. Interest level: K-3.

Why did I read it?

Ummm....did you catch who created this creepy picture book? Aaron Reynolds + Peter Brown = a dream team.

When will I recommend it?

A 2nd Grader: "Mr. Schu, do you remember when Mr. Peter Brown visited our school library? Does he have a new book?"

A 3rd Grader: "Do you have any picture books that remind you of The Twilight Zone? I watched an episode during summer break."

A 27th Grader (That's not a typo.): "John, what's one of the best picture books you have read during 2012?"

Rifles for Watie. By Harold Keith. HarperTeen, 1957. Interest level: Grades 6-8.

Why did I read it?

It won the 1958 Newbery Medal.

When will I recommend it?

An email from someone interested in the Newbery Challenge: "Which Newbery Medal-winning book has the world's smallest type size?"

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus


  1. Hi there Mr. Schu, I always love going over your video clips, very artfully done. :) Enjoyed the commentaries too. Thank you for sharing all those teacher resources too, always great to have companion activity guides for the books shared with teachers. I read The Witch of Blackbird Pond several years back and it's a great novel to open up themes on dealing with differentness. :)

  2. The Creepy Carrots book--I must order this for out library! I can already think of about 25 kids who will want this one in their backpacks.

    I did a teacher's guide for Laura for her picture book The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, and our students love that book. She's got a sequel coming soon called The Gingerbread Man Loose in the Firehouse that I'll have to order, as well.

    Thanks for the recommendations!

  3. I enjoyed that you told through recommendations about the 2 picture books-they look fun. The Newbery challenge sounds like just that-a challenge. Carry on!

  4. Totally cracking up about to whom you'd recommend Rifles to Watie . . .
    Have a great week with your students!


  5. We recently read The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers, another twist on the Gingerbread story (or in this case, a sequel). So fun to take the classics and spin them in a new direction. My 5th graders used to love this because it made "boring old stories" new and fresh again. Also, I think it gave the big tough 5th graders a chance to revert to their "childhoods" ;)

  6. I have a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and have been wanting to read it for awhile. I'll be interested to find out if you like it! :) Or if you recommend it because it has a "W" in the title. LOL!


  7. Gosh, I've heard of The Witch of Blackbird Pond but have never read might be getting to where I'll be able to join in!