Then, Jen of Teach Mentor Texts and Ricki and Kellee at Unleashing Readers started one with a children's focus. Reading everyone's posts of the books they're sharing is such a gift every week. I would never have discovered so many wonderful books without you all!
I just finished my Goodreads' goal for the year, 350 books!! I increased it a few months ago, but am still ahead with a month to go. However, since I'm busy with my new classroom, perhaps it's a good thing. My reading has really slowed, sad to say. I have two books to share today.
Thanks Jen, Ricki and Kellee for hosting us.
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Filled from back to front about the space program, beginning with all about the moon, this is a terrific non-fiction book that is so friendly and fun. Harriet Ziefert shares the factual information and history in clear explanations, and she adds in cute and fitting poems that fit the content along the way. Here's a taste: "Moon Rover, Moon Rover,/Won't you come over/And take me someplace cool to play?" The pictures by Amanda Haley enhance the story with comic-type illustrations. For those kids who love space, this is a great book.
Little Elliot Big City - written and illustrated by Mike Curato
This sweet little elephant lives in a big city, but has much challenge because he is so small. He can't catch a cab, he can't get noticed by the counter man at the cupcake bakery in order to buy a cupcake, and he can't wash the dishes without getting right into the sink! The very hardest part is that Elliot's alone, until a chance encounter, where he discovers a new feeling, the goodness of being helpful. You'll have to get the book to discover the "just right" ending.
Still enjoying, still reading The Boys in the Boat, Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown. And, I am reading The Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant to my new class. It's fun to share such a good story with them.