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Books We Love: Read, Read, Read!

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There are certain poetry books that I return to over and over again in my classroom. Books with poems that reflect my students’ experiences show up as read-alouds every year. The books then find worthy places on our classroom bookshelves where they are adored by dozens of third graders. Read! Read! Read! by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater may become an instant classic, too.

This book is a celebration of what it means to be a reader. Much of the book explores the magic of the written word and how we carry it with us as we grow. While many of the poems are inspiring, they are funny and clever, too. The poems are inclusive of many different reading experiences, from the child whose favorite reading material is on the cereal box to the child who lost a grandmother, but found healing in Charlotte’s Web.

As I read the poems, connections to students past and present were swirling around in my head. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has given us a gift: poems that will meet readers where they are on their reading journeys. Every child reading this book will find a poem that makes them feel celebrated. It is my hope that this book finds its way onto the bookshelves of classrooms and homes, and into the hands of young readers everywhere.


Read! Read! Read! will be released in September 2017 by Wordsong Books.

Huge thanks to Amy Ludwig VanDerwater for sharing a copy of Read! Read! Read! with our #bookexcursion group! #bookexcursion is a team of nine educators who read and share new children’s and middle grade titles. For more of my #bookexcursion reviews, click here!

Friday Five: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2016

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There are so many exciting books coming out in 2016! Four of these are children’s books, and one takes me back to my childhood. From an inventive scientist to a beloved children’s book author, the subjects of these books are sure to captivate children and adults alike.


Ada Twist, Scientist
by Andrea Beaty

Andrea Beaty is one of my favorite authors of all time. My third graders are always commenting on my love of Rosie Revere, EngineerWe have probably read the book 5 times in my class this year, and students often chose to re-read it during independent reading. I even dressed up as Rosie for halloween this year! Long story short: If you haven’t read Rosie Revere, Engineer yet, get on it! My class also loves Iggy Peck, Architect: another story from Beaty that addresses the same themes of perseverance and scientific discovery. My whole class can’t wait to hear about the next student from Lila Greer’s classroom at Blue River Creek: Ada Twist, Scientist! The book will be released on September 6th, and yes, I already preordered it.

 

Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White
by Melissa Sweet

When I was a kid, I loved reading biographies. Although fiction was my first love, I also enjoyed reading about real people and the real, incredible things they accomplished. E.B. White accomplished some incredible things, and I can’t wait to see his story come to life in this new book from Melissa Sweet. I recently read this interview with Melissa Sweet about her research and writing, and it sounds like she this biography is going to be cherished by all who loved White’s books. (Not to mention, in researching this title, I discovered that Melissa Sweet has the coolest website ever. I mean, THIS quote on the front page is amazing!) Some Writer! will be released in October 2016.

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: The Sea Pony
by Ellen Potter

Last summer I got my hands on the first two books in the Piper Green series by Ellen Potter. I reviewed Piper Green and the Fairy Tree on the blog, and the sequel completely lived up to the first book. Piper Green is a spunky young girl who children can relate to. I can just tell that she is going to be a favorite of young readers (girls and boys!) for a long time to come. I can’t wait for her next adventure to be shared with us on August 16th!

What Are You Glad About? 
What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person 
Needs a Poem
by Judith Viorst

Okay, so  What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? was already released in February… but since I haven’t picked up a copy to read yet, I’m including it with the books I’m looking forward to! From the author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, this book of poems addresses the different emotions that children go through. I love this teaser: “Did you wake up this morning all smiley inside? Does life taste like ice cream and cake? Or does it seem more like your goldfish just died And your insides are one great big ache?” I also love the fact that the book is in memory of Elaine Konigsburg. <3

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II
by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany

I feel like this one just goes without saying. I grew up in the Harry Potter generation, and as an educator, I see the effect the stories are having on a new group of young readers. So many of my friends hated reading until they picked up a Harry Potter book, and I think it’s because of the incredible world J.K. Rowling was able to create. Although I’m trying to keep my expectations low to avoid the disappointment that inevitably comes with sequels and continuations, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Harry Potter universe.


Are there any 2016 releases you can’t wait to read? Feel free to share in the comments below!