It’s Monday; What Are You Reading?


Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts for providing a gathering place for readers.

+-+792672032_140I finished A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graf. It’s a book that I need to reread.  I was reminded of Savvy by Ingrid Law.

It was a rather fun Sunday as my 9 YO grand girl finished her Meadows’ Fairy book and had her nose in Because of Winn Dixie.

Last week, I read the following books to K-3.  They are part of the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards for Washington state:


Pluto Visits Earth by Steve Metzger


Out of This World by  Amy Sklansky


Goldilocks and The Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

We vote next week on the twenty nominees. What are you reading?


Nonfiction Monday: A Butterfly is Patient

A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston is nominated in the NFPB for the CYBILS Award.  Each page is begins “A butterfly is…”  with factual information and stunning illustrations

Readers will discover  information such as how butterfly wings serve as protection, that many butterflies are poisonous, and that their wings are really made of tiny scales serving a variety of purposes. 

Sylvia Long, illustrator, creates exquisite watercolor illustrations that are detailed from butterfly eggs to caterpillars                                                 and finally the butterflies.  Readers will spend hours gazing at these detailed images. 

As I read this book, I thought about the time spent in the research of the book. Hundreds of species are shown.  The book is hand lettered by  illustrator.

Both Aston and Long have created a book that not only informative but wondrous. It will be a fabulous mentor text to use with students on how to write nonfiction that is fun to read while providing facts.

Title: A Butterfly is Patient
Author: Dianna Hutts Aston
Illustrator: Sylvia Long
Pages: unpaged
Reading Level: K-5
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 978-0-8118-6479-4
Source:  From the local library

Nonfiction Monday is hosted by Jean Little Library.

Happy Monday.

Happy Reading.

See you in 2012.