Showing posts from September, 2014

Book of Three 50th Anniversary Blog Tour and Giveaway

There are some "old" books that I just can't praise enough. The Book of Three is a novel that I just adore. I use it every year with my fourth grade advanced reading group as a prime example of fantasy, a classic quest structure novel, and just because I love the characters. Over the past few years, my students and I added yet another reason to love this series. Tom Angleberger - of Origami Yoda fame - also loves Prydain. That was more than enough to help several of my students cheerfully dive into the books. So when I heard that there was going to be a blog tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary, I knew I wanted in. Look at these covers... just look at them! They are just beautiful. Don't forget to scroll down and enter for your very own hardback... Paperback edition Hardcover edition   Info about the  50th Anniversary editions: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is proud to publish this 50th Anniversary Edition of Lloyd A

Firebug Blog Tour Q & A and Giveaway!

I absolutely love everything Lish McBride has put out there. I love her twitter feed, too!  This is an author with just the right level of snark.       Just the right level of swagger.  Her books and her characters make me chuckle, cheer, and captivate me all along the way.  Firebug  (Firebug #1) by Lish McBride Hardcover, 336 pages Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) ISBN 0805098623 (ISBN13: 9780805098624) Source: I received an advanced copy from the publisher for my honest thoughts.  Goodreads Blurb: Ava can start fires with her mind . . . but is it a blessing or a curse? Ava is a firebug—she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren't caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She's one of their main hit men . . . and she doesn't like it one bit. Not least because her mother's death was ordered by Venus—who is now her boss. When Venus asks Av

Little Author in the Big Woods - MG biography review

Did you curl up with little Laura Ingalls as a kid? Do you eagerly share Little House on the Prairie titles with your children and students? Do you know anyone (including you) who is fascinated by Laura or her sisters? Little Author in the Big Woods: A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder by   Yona Zeldis McDonough   (Goodreads Author) ,  Jennifer Thermes   (Goodreads Author)   (Illustrations) Hardcover, 176 pages Expected publication: September 16th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) ISBN 080509542X (ISBN13: 9780805095425) Source: Advance copy from publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts. Goodreads Blurb: Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don’t always realize is that Wilder’s books are autobiographical. This narrative biography describes more of the details of the young Laura’s real life as a young pioneer homesteading with her family on many adventurous journeys. This biography,

It's Monday September 15th

Welcome back! I do love sharing what I've been reading. I hope you enjoy adding to your reading pile! Don't forget to visit Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to see other amazing books for your home and classroom. Let's start with some fabulous picture books! I've seen these two on other Monday posts, and I'm so glad I took the time to snag them from my local library. I'll be using them to reinforce some of the tenants of my class code... (I guess I should write a post about that... maybe for Slice tomorrow!) "Be Cooperative" Julia's House for Lost Creatures - by Ben Hatke This is a fabulous story about a girl who invites lost and lonely creatures in to stay. They have to learn to work together to keep things running well. I adore Hatke's art (from Zita the Spacegirl, in particular) and the story is amazing! Source: library "Be Persistent"  The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett First, t

How to Make a Planet - NFPB review

Be sure to visit each Wednesday for a fabulous selection of nonfiction titles! Sometimes a nonfiction book comes along that just totally knocks your socks off. It has just the right amount of information combined with style that would make a fabulous mentor text. Here is one of my favorite books of the year! How to Make a Planet: A Step-By-Step Guide to Building the Earth by Kids Can Press Inc by Scott Forbes (author) and Jean Camden (illustrator) Hardcover, 64 pages Published March 1st 2014 by Kids Can Press ISBN 1894786882 (ISBN13: 9781894786881) Summary from Goodreads: Young readers can follow along as two children perform an experiment in which they create a new planet, replicating in ten steps the exact processes that formed Earth. Within that context, author Scott Forbes manages to clearly explain basic concepts that span the science curriculum, including: chemistry (atoms, protons, neutrons, elements), physics (gravity), astronomy (star formati

It's Monday September 1st

Wait... what? Did that title really include the word "SEPTEMBER"?? That's just not right! Why does it seem like time speeds up each year? Anyway - with summer now officially behind me (I was back to work for professional development last week, but students return this Tuesday) I'm hoping to get back on a more regular "It's Monday" posting schedule. I'm also hoping to tackle the stack of books I need to review.... Enough chatter, right? Time to get to the bookish thing. Also - I forgot to link up last week's post. So here it is. I love Enola Holmes. Add in the mysterious and fascinating Florence Nightingale, and this story is a big winner! Wow! This is a great way to introduce science fiction to younger readers. The text isn't too difficult, and the setting is current day, so you can eliminate some of the hurdles kids often face as they tackle science fiction. I