Friday, February 1, 2013

Writing from my classroom!

This Is Not My HatWe are in writing mode at this moment in my classroom, so it's the perfect opportunity for me to do my writing as well!  We have settled back into our routines after our winter break; that means reading and read-aloud time with my students.  This week, we were very excited to find out that one of our favorite books, This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen, won the Caldecott Award!  The Caldecott is given for the best illustrations in a children's book, and we agree that this book deserved the award.  If you haven't read this book yet, or Klassen's first solo book, Where Is My Hat?, then run to your library or bookstore and check them out!

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo WillemsThe Three Ninja PigsOther books that my students are really enjoying are The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat, and Mo Willem's Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.  We are continuing to read Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King as a read-aloud; that will take us quite awhile to get through.  At home, I am finishing up Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and getting ready to read several more books (that I can't list right now, because they're sitting at home, part of my Mt. Everest of to-read books!).  My goal for this weekend is to sit and read at least an hour a day...which is hard for me to do, when household chores, activities with my family, and crocheting projects are in need of my time.  But I'm going to do my best to get some reading done; let me know if you are able to do the same this weekend!  Happy reading!


  1. Hi Chris,

    So happy to hear that your students are enjoying The Three Ninja Pigs. I'd be happy to send you bookmarks for your class. Email me with address and # of students if you are interested.


    1. Omigosh! What an honor to have an author pop up in my comments feed! And of course, my students would love bookmarks; your book is taken off my shelf daily by students from all the grade levels I serve. Thanks so much for writing such a fun story!