Saturday, October 29, 2016

Sunday Post #17

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  It's "a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog."

Reading This Week:

This is going to be somewhat chaotic.  I realized after I posted my last Sunday Post that I'd missed a couple of books.  Then last week I posted about my read-a-thon books but not any of the other things I'd read.  So I'm adding everything in, but don't freak out--I did not actually read all of this in one week.  But here's the last two weeks, plus the ones I'd missed:

BEFORE Read-a-Thon
One Death, Nine Stories  by Marc Aronson, ed.
The Great American Dust Bowl by Dan Brown
Don't Pigeonhole Me! by Mo Willems

DURING Read-a-Thon
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
12 Rounds to Glory by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Thor, Goddess of Thunder Vol. 1 by Jason Aaron
Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger
Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

AFTER Read-a-Thon
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Cat Burglar Black by Richard Sala

And I'm still trying to get caught up on things like sleep and blogging, so I didn't link up or make photo collages for this, but I did highlight my favorites.  You're welcome.

Blogging this week:

Did not happen.  So here's this instead:

I'm working on some posts around censorship, gatekeeping, and how I handle "controversial" books in my classroom library.  I know I keep cycling back to this topic, but it's really important and I'm continuously thinking about my responsibilities around it.  

Life this week:

Significant upheaval at work, in which my elective Readers Theater class was taken away and another level of reading intervention was added.  Basically, chaos, but it will all work out in the end.  I've added about 15 new students, messed with a bunch of other kids' schedules, and am not sure what to do about the book I was reading to some classes, since their classmates missed the first 1/3 or so.

I took Tuesday off to accompany my 4th grader's class to the Oregon Food Bank.  They had a blast packaging frozen veggies and pasta, and now my girl wants to have her next birthday party there, then come back to the house for cake.  I kinda love that.

Sort of punted with the new classes by brainstorming types of books, then doing a scavenger hunt in the classroom library.
Ready to pack food at the food bank.

After a really nice small group discussion about Orbiting Jupiter, one girl suddenly held this up and said, "It's Joseph and his girlfriend!"  


  1. That video is awesome. I saw it on Twitter and had to watch it twice. Amazing the love that dogs can have for us, and in this case his favorite toy I guess!

    Hope it all goes well at work, good luck with the changes.

    1. Thank you! I think it will be good once we all settle in. I was raised with dogs and cats, and can't have any know (husband has severe allergies), but I am just a sucker for cute dog/cat videos.

  2. Hi there. Not sure we've met before... so nice to virtually meet you!

    Well done during read-at-thon! I've never tried one before and am not quite sure how I'd go. I suspect I'd rebel if 'forced' to read! ;-)

    1. I see what you mean, but honestly, it feels like such an indulgence to have an excuse to read without pause.

  3. Congrats on your readathon!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Catch you over @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

  4. Sounds like your readathon went really well. That video is so cute. Those dogs look so much like mine and the blond one acts like my dog lassie. She'd have loved it. LOL

    My Sunday Post

  5. Lol, that dog is so excited. It sounds like you’ve been busy. I’m looking forward to your posts about censorship and controversial books.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. WOW you read a lot in the readathon. I think I'll only managed 1.5 books so I'm in awe at all you got through. I can imagine it is hard as a teacher to decide what books are appropriate for the age level you teach. So your posts about it sound interesting.

  7. What a great field trip! Giving back is good for kids. Yay!
    You rocked that readathon. WTG.

  8. Your discussion ideas sound really interesting! Wow, you got a lot of books read during the read-a-thon. Congrats!



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