It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? New Books for the New Year


It’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week. Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers

It’s been a busy week and I hit the ground running after two weeks off!  But there is always time to read (and sniff!) some brand new books!  I am happy to be able to share some new releases with you this week…


First Snow – Peter McCarty

This book is adorable- filled with the joys and magic of a first snowfall woven together with a gentle story of trying new things for the first time.  The illustrations are breathtaking.


A Library Book for Bear – Bonny Becker

Hilarious tale of a picky Bear, who does not want to go to the library and does not think he needs to read any book.  Despite his friend Mouse’s effort to help him find the perfect book, Bear manages to make up every excuse why each book is not right.  Will Mouse ever find the perfect book for bear?  Delightful giggles will emerge when you read this book to your class!


Please, Mr. Panda – Steve Antony

Can you stand how cute this cover is? An adorable panda holding a box of donuts? Not only is it cute – but it teaches an important lesson about manners. Panda (who reminded me a bit of “grumpy cat”!) is offering donuts to his hungry animal friends – all of whom seem to have forgotten their manners! Adorable! This book was released on Jan. 1st – a MUST for the New Year!

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Why We Live Where We Live - Kira Vermond<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Suggested audience - Intermediate/Middle grades<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Suggested anchor - Transform, Social Studies, Environment, Geography, Politics, economics... the list is endless!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
You will be amazed at how many cross curricular subjects are jam packed into 42 pages!    A fascinating look at human habitation, this book takes readers on a tour of how humans choose places to live, how we adapt to our environments or change them to suit our needs.  An historical look back at the history of "home" - from nomadic hunting to the rise of cities to the future of living in space.  This book will transform the way you think about where you live.  </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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Why We Live Where We Live – Kim Vermond

You will be amazed at how many cross curricular subjects are jam packed into 42 pages! A fascinating look at human habitation, this book takes readers on a tour of how humans choose places to live, how we adapt to our environments or change them to suit our needs. An historical look back at the history of “home” – from nomadic hunting to the rise of cities to the future of living in space. This book will transform the way you think about where you live.


Oliver and Patch – Claire Freedman

Oliver finds a lost dog and longs to keep it for his own.  But his conscience tells him that someone out there is missing their dog and he begins to help the dog find its owner  Touching story about doing the right thing, even when your heart is tugging in the opposite direction.  This is a very dear story and I’m a bit of a sucker for books with characters named Oliver!

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street – Matt de la Pena

Celebrating kindness and beauty in small things. Beautiful, tender story of an afternoon bus ride with a young boy, CJ,  and his wise grandmother who helps CJ celebrate beauty and kindness in small things.  Powerful story of looking and finding silver linings.


The Dinner that Cooked Itself  – Jennifer Hsyu

An enchanting and imaginative fairytale set in Ancient China about a lonely man, a magical snail and a lot of wonderful magical meals!   Beautiful illustrations and a truly magical story.   


Silence – Lemniscates

Stop. Listen.  What can you hear in the silence?  This book encourages children to pause, listen and reflect on the sounds of the world around them.  Simple, beautiful, gentle.  Love the collage illustrations.  This is a wonderful book for visualizing and for using the senses in writing.


Architecture According to Pigeons – Speck Lee Tailfeather

I discovered this book on display in the public library and it caught my eye.  While not a new release, it was new to me and one I’d definitely recommend!  Speck, the pigeon, takes us on a world tour of famous buildings including the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House and the Taj Mahal.  Literally a “bird’s eye view” of these structures with Spek’s information about the different types of architecture.  A perfect book to start a unit on structures!


Rain Reign  – Ann Martin

This book has been getting a lot of buzz and now I know why. Brilliantly written book by the author of the “Babysitter’s Club” series, this book  is powerful, emotional and beautiful. Rose Howard has Asperger’s, OCD and an obsession with homonyms. She lives with her often impatient father and her beloved dog whom she names Rain Reign. Rose is an amazingly complex character and tells the story from her own strong, unique voice. Heart-breaking, tear-jerking and spirit lifting – this is a book that gives insight and understanding into those who experience emotional/mental challenges. Grab your Kleenex and read this book!

Thanks for stopping by!  Which book or books have caught your eye?  What new books have you been reading recently?

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Christine

    I can’t wait to read Rain Reign! Why We Live Where We Live sounds fascinating and I’ve just added Silence to my wish list too!

    1. Adrienne Gear

      Rain Reign is amazing – a perfect read-aloud for a grade 5-6-7 age group. Why We Live was very thought-provoking and would be a very good book to stimulate a lot of thinking and discussion! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Linda Baie

    Many gorgeous books here that I put on my wish list, Adrienne, love the sweet, sweet look of First Snow and Why We Live Where We Live looks interesting. I did love Rain Reign too-what a beautiful story. And for different reasons, loved A Library Book for Bear-so funny. Thanks for all the good heads up.

    1. Adrienne Gear

      Hi Linda – yes, the First Snow one is lovely for younger grades (or grandchildren) as is A Library Book for Bear – I have a few “library wanderers” in my class this year so I made lots of connections! Why We Live Where We Live is definitely one for the older grades but it is so interesting and thought-provoking. Well worth reading! Have a great week!

  3. Tara Smith

    Wonderful collection of picture books! I loved Rain, Reign, too – now my kids are passing it along, which is wonderful.

    1. Adrienne Gear

      I love when a book is passed along and book love is shared among readers! I would love to read it aloud to a class – unfortunately, my 2nd graders are a little too young for it but I’ve passed it along to the Grade 6/7 teacher – who is just reading Out of My Mind to her class and loving it!

  4. carriegelson

    I am also a huge fan of Rain Reign – so glad that you enjoyed it. Well, oh, my, oh,my do these picture books look fantastic! I would like to get my hands on Last Stop on Market Street, Why We Live Where We Live and the Pigeon Eye View title! I am trying hard to resist book store shopping . . . The pull is there though!

    1. Adrienne Gear

      Yes, Rain Reign was amazing. You will love Last Stop – not only because of the “being grateful” theme but also the grandparent connection – I thought of you when I read it! You will also love the pigeon architecture book – this one is definitely at Hillcrest Library – that’s where I found it.

  5. Cheriee Weichel

    I need to get A Library Book for Bear! I’ve got a lot of those kinds of readers in our school. I’m looking forward to reading about Why We Live Where We Live/

    1. Adrienne Gear

      Yes, A Library Book for Bear is a perfect book for reading to students in the library! I have a few myself! Why We Live Where We Live is really fascinating!

  6. Love to Learn

    I am so far behind in checking out all the new picture books out there! I just stumbled across “Once Upon an Alphabet” by Oliver Jeffers which is a fun and unique new alphabet book by one of my favourite authors . . . that I didn’t realize came out months ago!

    1. Adrienne Gear

      It’s very hard to keep up! Yes, the Jeffers book came out a few months ago – it is AMAZING! Such a clever idea with short stories for each letter. I try to keep up with some of the newer releases but I ALWAYs miss some! Thanks for stopping by! If you are on Facebook, I post a book a day so if you “like” the page, you will find get the updates on your feed. Reading Power Gear is the name of my facebook page.

  7. Myra GB

    Now that’s a WHOLE LOT of picturebooks that I don’t know about! Thank you dear Adrienne for always adding to my to-be-read stack. I just added SILENCE to the list of picturebooks I’m purchasing for my research project.

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