We are huge fans of Kang and Weyant books here at the Moye house. Our wall growth chart is from You Are (Not) Small, and I cannot wait to buy the plush fuzzies for Trent! I think that each of their books take on a pretty serious childhood issue (sharing, comparing, now fear) and talk about it in a fun way that still has a pretty clear lesson intertwined with it. This one is going to especially be one I read with Trent because as a three year old, he is just starting to really be scared of things, so it will be a really good discussion to have with him. If you haven’t read any of these books, I highly recommend getting all three–you will not be disappointed. ...more
Who Wins? is informative, funny, and so cleverly formatted that it is going to be a star in homes and classrooms. I love how the book gives each historical figure a nickname (either one they already were given, like Satchmo, or made up, like Gravity Guru for Isaac Newton) to add a bit of humor to the book; however, still makes sure to include a plethora of information about each figure including a bio then 3 little-known facts. Each head-to-head situation also helps guide your decision by giving some example questions to think about. Let’s look at a head-to-head, so you can really see how clever it is!
Whenever I begin a debate unit, I always start with a mini-debate, and I wanted this year’s to include Who Wins? because I thought it was such an awesome class resource (and my students were slightly obsessed with the book......more
Pelé: The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon and Vincent Brascaglia is the name I have heard for years because soccer is by far the most popular sport at myPelé: The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon and Vincent Brascaglia is the name I have heard for years because soccer is by far the most popular sport at my school, but I hadn't know much about him until this graphic novel, and I loved learning about the man that many of my students call a hero....more
*Whoa! I didn't know what I was getting myself into, and this is epic, guys! Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld is everything you would expect from Scott W*Whoa! I didn't know what I was getting myself into, and this is epic, guys! Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld is everything you would expect from Scott Westerfeld: unique, mind-blowing, and fantastical. I cannot believe this books is not getting more hype because it is going to be a series that readers will not be able to put down and readers will be so anxious to read the next one. I loved the premise that is so mysterious and only little clues sprinkled throughout the book to help you figure things out, but there is SO MUCH more to know--I cannot wait for the next book!
*Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke is just as good as the first one, and I love the world that Hatke has created for Jack, Maddy, and Lilly*Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke is just as good as the first one, and I love the world that Hatke has created for Jack, Maddy, and Lilly. The creatures are so creative and interesting, the adventures are heart stopping, and the characters are so well developed. And GUYS! There is an epic cliffhanger ending! I cannot wait!...more
Even chickens love books in this story! The draw of a good story can make anyone want to spend time at the library, and in this story, those anyone are chickens. Lots of chickens. And when there are too many people (& chickens) at the story time, it is up to the librarian, who is obviously always on her toes, to change things up and make everyone happy by the end of the story....more
Moana read this one to Trent and his friends at Emmy's birthday party! We liked it so much we bought it! Love the point of view of this one! And the iMoana read this one to Trent and his friends at Emmy's birthday party! We liked it so much we bought it! Love the point of view of this one! And the illustrations are beautiful!...more
Ralfy loves book and will do anything to read more. I love one of the very first spreads in the book where it shows Ralphy’s book read list, and his TBR list, and his recommendation lists. This spread first has parodies of book titles and makes a little bit of fun of us Goodreads obsessed readers 🙂 What he doesn’t realize is that you don’t have to do crazy things to find books to read, you just have to find a library and all book wishes can come true. (His story is not only about the love of books but also about how obsessions can get out of control if not rational.) Also, if you loved The Snatchabook, you’ll love Ralfy!...more
This hilarious book shows the reader how an idea gets turned into a picture book in easy step-by-step instructions. Oh, and there is a tiger. Oh, and there is Malaysia. And a boat which gets attacked by pirates. But overall, it is just an easy step-by-step instruction manual on how to make a book. Well, if you are Mac Barnett and Adam Rex. If your’re not, there are more steps. In a perfect mix of seriousness and silliness this book will be a great read aloud!...more
I have an interesting relationship with poetry. I overall love it. I love writing it, and I love reading it, but I really have trouble with the analyzing aspect. It is in this very serious analyzing step that kids get afraid of poetry, but I think books like Here We Go help students learn to love poetry instead of being afraid of it while still teaching about the beauty and importance of poetry.
Here We Go is a book that is made for classroom use! There are 12 PowerPacks, each with a different anchor poem and focus. Some PowerPacks work on rhyming, some work on format, and others focus on inspiration. There are so many different ways these PowerPacks could be organized to be used in the classroom! They can be daily during a poetry unit or weekly for half of the school year–whatever works best in your classroom, but this book is begging to be in children’s hands as an inspiration for our future poets....more