Its Monday what are you reading?!

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I enjoyed this book, it was very colorful and easy to follow along with. The illustrations were just right, they didn’t take away from the reading. One thing I liked was that you think the young boys dad will find out what he is up to but you get surprised in the end.  I think if I used this book in my class I would read it to my students then maybe have them write about their ideal pet.

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This book was so cute!  It is only pictures so it requires the reader to use their imagination.  If you presented this book in your classroom each student could say something about each page and  make your own classroom story.

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This book  was very colorful and even had a lesson to go along with it. It gave a slight insight into how some animals sleep and when or where they sleep.  I think this book would be best for any child no older than second grade.  I would recommend this book to any early reader because it was very easy to follow and the illustrations were big but very simple at the same time.

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This book was about Jane Goodall.  That to me is cool because not only do you read the book and look at the pictures but you get a feel for how she felt when she was growing up.  It’s a good way to help children at a young age understand that going after what you want in life and chasing your dreams is ok! It would also be fun to talk about different jungle animals and possibly do some research on them.

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This book is awful!  I am only blogging about this book because I want all of you to know that the illustrations in this book are very inappropriate.  I do not know how or when this book got the Caldecott award, but personally I don’t ever plan on reading this book to my students or my children.

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This book is about a little chicken who just wants her Papa to read her a bedtime story but she keeps interrupting him so he invites her to tell him a bedtime story, but unfortunately he falls asleep.  Very  bright, appealing illustrations. I think that is the best part of the book for me.  It made the story line funnier and very cute. I would definitely read this to my kids or my students.

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This book had a great story line, it had a younger boy who had a job doing a paper route that he worked hard at even though he had to get up before everyone in the house. That is definitely what I liked most about this book. Kids always take away so much from books, tv shows, and movies. Maybe if they heard this book they would want to take on responsibility and work hard because they know its required of them.  The illustrations were perfect and seemed to keep the story going in a way.

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This book is perfect for child interaction. The illustrations are just as simple as the reading. Have you ever watched those child shows that the character might ask the viewers for help? That is exactly what this book is like.  Its so cool because I can just see students answering the pigeon. Books like this keep readers engaged and interested.

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This book talks about the struggles of a little girl that just wants to wear whatever she feels like wearing but she has all these outside influences telling her what to do. It’s just a good message to give to kids especially in todays world.

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One thing I liked about this book is that in the back it explains the word Zen. I think that is a helpful thing to have because its like a little history lesson. This book has good stories inside the main story.  It also explains that Zen Shorts are just short meditations that require you to ponder over things.  I think this story would be best for upper elementary because they would need to think about the short stories and express their opinions.

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This book was about a little girl who goes and visits her grandma in the city.  She has set her mind on the fact that the city is no place for her nana.  But after awhile her nana shows her that it isn’t a bad place to be and there are many wonderful things to see.  It has a hidden message for me that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover you need to get to know it first.  I really liked the illustrations because they were kind of child like but still had a good quality to them.  I definitely wouldn’t read this book to students that were over second grade just because it is a very easy reading book.

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This book is about Officer Buckle who is all about safety.  He meets Gloria (a dog) who goes to all his safety presentations with him and she ends up making his shows better because she does tricks, but Officer Buckle thinks that it is because of his safety tips that makes listeners cheer.  They end up parting ways because officer Buckle feels deceived but both Officer Buckle and Gloria both soon realize they are not good without the other and end up back as a team.  It’s got a great message and really vibrant illustrations which brings out the over all feel of the flow of the book.

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Three soldiers are traveling on foot and all they want is food, lodging, and to sleep!  They come across this village where the villagers are being very greedy, not only with the soldiers but also with each other.  The soldiers soon help the villagers realize that every person can offer something for everyone that makes it a huge feast that all can enjoy.  In my opinion they made the peasants believe that they couldn’t have this amazing soup and huge feast without those three stones.  It was an ok book and I think at some point in the future I would maybe have this in my personal library for my classroom.

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Oh this book is just adorable.  The illustrations are definitely my favorite because you get the feel of an actual photo with the background but the characters are definitely drawn.  It’s a great contrast that you don’t see very much if at all in books.  My favorite part about the book is that at the end when they get Knuffle Bunny back for Trixie and she blurts it out clear as day!  She went all the way back home mumbling trying to express what was wrong.  My niece did that too so I think it’s funny because they do what they want when they want, like walking and talking.

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Sylvester is a donkey who loves collecting all sorts of pebbles for his hobby.  He comes across a special pebble that ends up saving his life from a big bad lion, but the bad part is instead of wishing something would happen to the lion he wishes he were a rock! The only way the pebble works is if you are touching it.  His mother and father soon become worried because he isn’t coming home so they search and search for him and end up realizing that he will never come home.  I don’t want to spoil the story but he does turn back into a donkey and keeps the pebble just in case he ever needs it in the future.

Kidlitosphere

Ok so after reading blogs this week and preparing to do my own blogs I have come to the conclusion I have a lot of room for improvement when it comes to blogging.  I read the nerdy book club blog and the layout of it was so professional looking and it was easy to read because of the separation between points that were made. I particularly liked the blog about “Read It Forward”.  The blog was actually a step by step process that they took to promote this idea of read it forward through their school.  I think one thing I am realizing about blogging is that it actually might help me with my reading.

I think an effective blog post, length of post, and length of paragraphs in the post are ultimately one in the same.  I believe that I can understand things better when there isn’t 1,000 words and I also feel like I get my point across better when I do not have to worry about a word limit or a minimum.  Short and sweet and to the point is the way to go for me.  I think wat I should do to make my blogs more attractive is organization.  I am going to try writing out my main points before typing them and see if that helps me keep my thoughts clear.  Once in awhile I might incorporate more pictures or better titles but I don’t want to overload everyone who reads my blogs.

The challenge I face with blogging is figuring out what I am going to say!  I get great ideas then when I go to express my thoughts or opinions I forget about half of the good information I had.  Blogging is fun because I like to read what other people have to say and think.

Do I condiser myself a reader?

My first encounter as  a reader, I am sure like most kids was  when my mom used to read stories to me and my brother  before bed.  My brother and I were able to pick one book each, his book choice was always Dr. Seuss and mine was always  a book from a Minnie Mouse series my mom bot at a garage sale (to be honest it was the best garage sale purchase ever).  I loved when my mom would read to us, it always got me so excited to read.  I couldn’t  wait!

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I don’t remember much about learning to read, but I do know that when I started  reading  I always read my Minnie  Mouse books because  even  though by  that time I pretty much had them memorized I still was able to identify certain words. I would read to my  parents until my baby  sister was  born, then I would read  to her.

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When I started  elementary school we did A.R. ( I am sure most of us remember that).  Well I was a very competitive child so when I learned we got points for books we read I was stoked to start reading to see how many  points I  could get in one school year.  I quickly learned that reading and taking tests was a lot harder than I thought. I wasn’t testing well like other kids in my class. They  thought it  was because I was having testing issues so then I was able to test at other times to be in  a quiet room.  That went on until I  got done with elementary school, my testing never got better but I was determined to read one book above my reading level and pass it with 100%.  Well I read Heidi and what do you know  I passed and got all the points!That was a very monumental moment for  me.

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When I was in high school I had to read a lot. But I quickly learned that when people would read to me I wouldn’t be able to focus!  It was so frustrating to be sitting in class with my book  open ready to follow along and the next thing I knew class was over and I was still on the same page.  I learned that in order to pass my English classes I would have to read it over again at home.  It helped out a lot  but it was still  hard for me to focus at times.

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Now that I am getting older I really enjoy  reading.  I just wish I had more time to do it, but I started doing audio books which is so nice because if I am going home to my parents I could listen to a book the  whole way.  It also helps that my future mother in law is a reading fanatic and a reading teacher.

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So I guess I am slowly getting back into being a reader. The older I get the more I appreciate the silent moments where I can escape into the pages.