IMWAYR: New Fairy Tales

its-monday-what-are-you-reading-2a798miIt’s Monday! And time to ask, “What are You Reading?!” After reading my few words, be sure to stop by Teach Mentor Texts where other bloggers have linked their posts to share what they’ve been reading.

I love getting new an order of new books in!

When starting at a new building it takes some time to figure out the ins and outs of the different systems that come together for a book order. What process is followed for approval? What does the collection need to support student learning and growth? What is the budget? What practices have been followed in the past? What traditions need to be honored? Which need to be discarded or altered?

After placing a small ’emergency’ order to get our year started I was finally able to figure out the systems enough to begin working on some substantial book orders. My first order was full of fairy tales and new tales inspired by traditional characters. I’ve been reading a lot of those this week! Of the list below, I absolutely adored A Bean, a Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack, but from author William Joyce of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, I wouldn’t have expected anything different.


My list of things that I want to read next is a bit nebulous. I have skimmed Princess in Black and am re-reading Rapunzel’s Revenge, both by Shannon Hale. I also need to finish a few things and start a few things. I added One-Eyed Cat to my list on the recommendation from a student. We have a Newbery Challenge at my school. Students are challenged to read ten Newbery titles in a year. I’m trying to read ten that I have never picked up before. A student saw the title One-Eyed Cat and wanted to try it even though I couldn’t personally recommend it to her. Frankly, I wasn’t sure she would stick with it. Now she’s almost finished with it and wants me to read it as well. I’m going to have to get to that this week!


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