Wednesday, December 18, 2013


 "It's Monday!  What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journeys. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin.
I thought it would be a fun way to recap the week’s reading...

December 18, 2013
This is the last week before the holidays and we have been reading up a Winter Storm! 
Here are my beloved oldies but goodies:

I adore An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco and so do my students! Every year, the family clan prepare for Christmas and await fathers return from faraway Florida with the Christmas oranges.  This year the weather may prevent father from returning with the oranges, or worse, it may prevent father from returning...

'Twas The Night Before Christmas...who can't help but smile when they read these words?  Jan Brett's The Night Before Christmas is a beautiful version of a Christmas favorite!

My husband was the first to share this story with me.  It has been more than twenty years now and Cranberry Christmas by 

Wende Devlin is a solid staple  for us at Christmas!

Eve Bunting's Night Tree is a beautifully written story about their tradition of decorating their favorite tree.  However, this tree is not lit up in the family's home.  This tree is decorated with popcorn, apples and tangerines as a gift for the animals.  A wonderful tradition!

Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo illustrated by Bagram Ibatouline
Readers cannot help but fall into the spectacular illustrations of Great Joy and the depth of the story.  Frances, the main character tell us...
                                "Behold!" she shouted. 
                         "I bring you tidings of Great Joy!"

and indeed, she did.

                                                                    Happy Holidays
                         Happy Reading! from BooksNhand

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