Showing posts from May, 2018

5th Grade Teacher Reading Life 2017-2018

Teachers, These were books that I read during this school year that I then shared and book talked with my students. A few of them are out this summer, but that allowed them to either preorder or mark on their TBR so they can then check out the next school year, or this summer from the public library. Also, my original image did share Scythe and Thunderhead - both YA novels by Neal Shusterman. I did book talk with *Some* of my students. What I mean by that is I know my kids, I know their reading lives, I know their personal lives, therefore I was able to make a judgement on if they could handle the premise of these stories. I also did get parent permission for them to read. I only had about 3 students who read Scythe, but they're also my students who have read Hunger Games, as well as The  Hate U Give. This was cleared by my principal for me to have this opportunity to discuss with parents the premise of the books and then ultimately the parent decides if it&#

Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don't Do Bedtime

Penguin  &  Tiny  Shrimp are a “beguiling pair” ( Booklist ) who will have you know their book is NOT a bedtime story. Not even close. They spurn bedtime routines with gusto, jumping off their soft beds and into adventurous escapades across the Serengeti and into shark-infested waters.  There’s  even  a UNI-HIPPO!  Their imaginations run wild… and it just might wear them out. A buoyantly subversive anti-bedtime tale.”  —  Publishers Weekly “ Ironic counterpoint abounds in this humorous picture book. …A definite do for bedtime.”   —   Kirkus Reviews For fans of Jory John’s  Goodnight Already!  and Mo Willem’s  Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! ,  Penguin  &  Tiny  Shrimp Don't Do Bedtime!  is full of exuberant pajama clad friends who will make bedtime fun again.  Please be in touch with any questions or plans for coverage this Spring. 5 th grade thoughts on PeNguin and Tiny Shrimp: “They remind me of my siblings. They’r

Don't Miss These May Releases

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE realistic fiction. Beginning in 5 grade with The Babysitter's Club, and continuing into high school with Katherine Applegate's Ocean City series, it's my go-to genre. Check out some of my favorite RF books releasing this month.   ALONE TOGETHER, Sarah Donovan: May 1 Book Blurb (Amazon): Sadie Carter’s life is a mess, as wavy and tangled as her unruly hair. At 15, she is barely surviving the   chaos of her large Catholic family. When one sister becomes pregnant and another is thrown out, her unemployed dad hides his depression, and her mom hides a secret. Sadie, the peacekeeper and rule-follower, has had enough. The empty refrigerator, years of hand-me-downs, and all the secrets have to stop. She longs for something more and plans her escape. However, getting arrested was not her plan. Falling in love was not her plan. With the help of three mysterious strangers—a cop, a teacher, and a cute boy—maybe Sadie will find the


Amazon Affiliate Link to Order: "Take bits from the worlds of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Nancy Drew, and set the story in New Orleans, and you've got this compelling tale of Evangeline.... A worthwhile read about a strong girl who embraces the power of knowledge but also heeds Gran's advice to 'trust your gut.'" —  Kirkus  Twelve-year-old Evangeline Clement is a  haunt huntress  (or swamp witch) in training under the watchful eye of her Gran Holyfield.  Descended from a long, proud line of female haunt huntresses in Louisiana, Gran is charged with ridding homes of troublesome creatures like Bayou Banshees and Johnny Revenants.  Geared up with her mother's talisman, silver-tipped alligator skin boots, and her  satchel full of medicinal salves,  Evangeline is learning the cures to local supernatural afflictions and can't wait until she turns 13, the official age when the Council will recognize her as a tru