Books to Celebrate

Scholastic Book Fairs set up at the fairgrounds this week. Most books were 50% off. This is a dangerous combination for me. How can I resist? Since I cannot drive with my air cast on, my dear husband transported me to this nirvana.

I browsed the tables and the metal shelves casting a discriminating eye over each title. Occasionally I stopped and thumbed through a book. Sometimes I stopped and read it from front to back. As I am browsing I search for favorite authors. Slowly the stack grows.

Before checking out, ponder each book I’ve selected. How will I use this? Do I have one similar? Or do I just HAVE to get this title?   Two new finds are pictured below.


Drawing From Memory by Allen Say is his story. It is an interesting picture book format of an autobiography. Did you know that he lived in an apartment alone when he was twelve? This was so he could attend an art school. I can’t imagine what it would be like.

What’s Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle and Friends is just what is needed to teach opinion writing. Fourteen illustrators have drawn and written about their favorite animal. Does it surprise you to learn that Jon Klassen’s favorite animal is a duck? There are some interesting choices, which opens the door for students to go beyond cats and dogs.

I also celebrate Ruth putting up the sign-up sheet for the Wednesday evening dinner before All Write. I am so looking forward to meeting up with all the friends I made last year and more new friends from the blogosphere. Can’t wait!