Last week I finally decided to update my reading progress after I had had actual time to sit and digest some really good books. I changed the typical meme It’s MONDAY What are You Reading to SUMMER and jumped in. My favorite picture was the one where my TBR pile was up to my knees! Remember? As of last night (when I finished a book in a half hour!), my pile is half as tall. LOVE seeing the progress.
So, to update you, this week this is what we read…
This year I have more picture books in my piles than I usually do. Partly because since I’m in primary again I need to try out some new titles for my class this fall, partly because picture books are awesome, partly because I have had many great ones recommended to me lately, and also partly because they are quick. 🙂
When I was at the Scholastic Reading Summit a couple of weeks ago, I was reminded (by Colby Sharp) of a book I had meant to read, but hadn’t yet. And since I had first been introduced to it, it had become a Caldecott winner and so there was another reason why I needed to enjoy it. It was kind of a long story, but Colby told a great story of how his class does its own Mock Caldecott unit, where they vote for their favorite, and they were SURE that this book should win. And then it did! He even shared a heartfelt video from the winning illustrator herself, Sophie Blackall. I was already sold on the book, but this just added to my interest.
And in case you don’t know, that book was Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear.
What a joy to be able to read a book with that shiny gold sticker!!
This one was instantly a hit with my kiddos, and somehow it was a story I had never heard! I guess I had never been a huge Winnie the Pooh fan, so perhaps that’s why, but whatever the reason, this was a great story to learn. And of course, the pictures were BEAUTIFUL. I think that’s possibly what I liked the best: the story and the illustrations were equally magical, making for a beloved book that we will surely return to again and again. This book was made to be reread over and over and over.
And so on today’s list of to-dos: another trip to the library to see what new treasures we can find!
What have you been reading? How tall is your TBR pile?? 🙂