It's Monday December 16th

Wow.. halfway through December already? I'm honestly not sure where the time goes most days.

Just a quick update, so I can avoid the "I didn't post for a month and how do I decide which books to share?" dilemma.

Don't forget to hop over to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for other great Monday posts! After all, we have a little break coming up so I'm sure you need some reading ideas, right?
Five of my six reads this week were Nerdy Short List books. I'm trying to plow through a few more before I vote. I think I've now read all of the picture book nominees, and almost all of the graphic novels. 

Picture Books:
I enjoyed this creative way of teaching about the interconnectedness of life. Informative AND funny!
I'm not a pinkophile, but the color scheme was perfect for this wordless picture book. I loved how it shared the joy of dancing and how it helps the two characters communicate. 

The Water Castle - This was beautiful! I loved the characters, and I loved the mix of history, science, and mystery. I would partner it with Tuck Everlasting.

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish - Comes out in 2014. It was humorous, and had some fun ways of looking at figurative language (the illustrator does some "literal illustrations" that cracked me up). Overall, not my favorite but I think kids are going to love it.

Lunch Lady - Fun as always. I liked the cliff hanger ending... and Number 10 will be the end, right?

Flora and Ulysses - I am so thankful for the Nerdy Awards. I may not have bumped this up my priority list otherwise and I LOVED IT!! 


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