Literacy Loot: Shoes, Totes and Tequila!

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In an effort to find some interesting items for this week’s post, I challenged myself to find things from places other than Etsy, which is my go to site for all things cool and unique. Honestly, this was a really tough task and I struggled a bit. I hope you like what I came up with!

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♥ Scroll to the bottom for links to past Literacy Loot posts ♥

 Literacy Loot to Wear:

shoes of note

These “Shoes of Note” Flats from ModCloth ($64.99) are too crazy not to share. I loved reading all the reviews, from mostly English teachers, about how excited buyers were to wear these to school. Cute!

alice necklace

This “Down the Rabbit Hole” Necklace from Out of Print ($32) is perfect for Wonderland fans of all ages.

 Literacy Loot for the School:

Jo Tote

Calling all Little Women fans! This “Bookshelf Bandit Tote” in “Jo” by Out of Print and listed on ModCloth ($19.99) has an adorable pattern that I love. All of the “Bandit Totes” are worth checking out.

greatest first lines mug

The “Greatest First Lines of Literature Ever Mug” from Bas Bleu ($12.95) would be a great addition to any classroom, whether it holds pens and pencils or some much needed morning caffeine!

Literacy Loot Items for the Home:

tequila mockingbird

This Tim Federle book would be the perfect adult book club read. Funny and entertaining, this title is listed on Amazon ($11.46).  The sequel, Hickory Daiquiri Dock, a cocktail book for new parents, comes out in December.

 

Previous Literacy Loot Posts:

Introducing…. Literacy Loot! Week 1

Literacy Loot (2) Reading signs for the home

Literacy Loot (3) Buttons and T-shirts

Literacy Loot (4) Library Stamp, Notebook iPad Cover, T-shirt

Literacy Loot (5) Read & Write Banners, Grasshopper stapler, and Grammar Plates

Literacy Loot (6) Teacher Treasures: Teacher Business Cards, Shelf tree wall decals

Literacy Loot Week 7: Teacher Treasures PART 4: The Best of the Best

Harry Potter Must Haves and a Book Scented Candle

 

 

It’s Monday, what are you reading? #IMWAYR 7/14/14

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Does anyone else think that summer is FLYING by at an alarming rate?! Sigh. I sure do and I am not a fan. But, I am still getting a lot of reading time and making the most of it so I can’t complain too much. This past week I picked up and read a few books from the library and also read the newest title by one of my very favorite authors. I’ve already decided that next year I am NOT bringing a big box of books home from school because I have barely touched the one I brought home in June. I hope you’ve had a great week of reading!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

(Click on the picture to head on over to Goodreads and check out a synopsis and more reviews of each book)

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Contemporary Fiction, 2014
308 pages
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars

Landline is about a very busy television writer named Georgie McCool, her husband Neal, and what happens when a couple’s marriage is at a breaking point. It’s Christmas time and Georgie, Neal and their two daughters are supposed to be heading to Omaha to spend the holidays with Neal’s family, but Georgie and her writing partner, Seth, are on deadline for pitching their new show that very likely will be their biggest hit yet. Georgie decides she has to stay in LA while Neal leaves with the girls, and not on very good terms. I love that this book is all about relationships (one of Rowell’s specialties) and communicating or the lack their of. This book is so, so good and I think every married couple should read it. Here is an amazing NYT review  of Landline that you should definitely check out.

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Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Middle Grade Fantasy, 2013

233 pages
My Goodreads rating: 5/5 stars
Flora and Ulysses is a charming, and often very funny story about a little girl named Flora who loves words and superheroes, and what happens after she watches her next door neighbor’s supercharged vacuum suck up an unsuspecting squirrel, whom she later names Ulysses. Ulysses and Flora become fast friends and with Ulysses’ new found talents, they go on several adventures. There are some unforgettable characters in this book and I think it would make a fantastic read aloud. I plan to read it to my 6th grade reading classes this year and follow it up with my beloved The One and Only Ivan.

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The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

YA Realistic Fiction, 2014
208 Pages
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
This is a super quick read that breaks your heart. The story of Alice and what happens to her is told by 5 different characters. It is tough to read and I got really angry at certain characters throughout the book. Oh, the power of jealousy, rumors and lies. While the book does a great job moving the story’s plot along with differing perspectives using very realistic characters, language and situations, I think it could have been more developed in spots, and especially at the end.

Here’s what I’m planning on reading next:

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Literacy Loot is back! Literacy minded items for school, home and even to wear!

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Hello, Literacy Lovers! I don’t know about you, but I love finding fun and unique bookish items to ooh and ahh over, and every once in awhile, buy for school or home. I am not afraid to admit that I’m also a sucker for a fun bookish t-shirt to represent my love of reading and writing. I’ve missed these posts, so I thought I would start them up again. Enjoy! :)
If you’re new to Literacy Loot posts, you might want to start here:

Introducing…. Literacy Loot! Week 1

Literacy Loot (2) Reading signs for the home

Literacy Loot (3) Buttons and T-shirts

Literacy Loot (4) Library Stamp, Notebook iPad Cover, T-shirt

Literacy Loot (5) Read & Write Banners, Grasshopper stapler, and Grammar Plates

Literacy Loot (6) Teacher Treasures: Teacher Business Cards, Shelf tree wall decals

Literacy Loot Week 7: Teacher Treasures PART 4: The Best of the Best

Harry Potter Must Haves and a Book Scented Candle

 

And now, without further ado, here’s this week’s Literacy Loot!

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Literacy Loot to Wear:

library stamp tshirt

Isn’t this t-shirt cool? I am a little biased, since my anniversary is March 23rd, but what a cool concept! $28 from outofprintclothing.com

library due date tshirt

This cute t-shirt is from ShopJustWish on Etsy and is $19.95. There are a lot of variations and color choices of this tee and the site also lists some shoes and other clothing items (notebook paper onesies, anyone?) that are worth a look!

 

Literacy Loot For School:

teacher stamp

I love classroom library stamps and think this one is perfect. Listed at $31.50 from YellowFishPaperie on Etsy.

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These page markers come from The Container Store and are $7.99. I love the packaging and think this would be a fun teacher gift to start or end the school year.

 

Literacy Loot for Home:

harper lee print

The Etsy shop Bright Designscle features 40 really cool literary art prints that you need to check out! They are $18 each and so gorgeous. There are quotes from several authors, including John Green, Cassandra Clare, Stephen Chbosky and J.D. Salinger.

book crane mobile

This upcycled origami crane mobile made of vintage children book pages is simple, functional and pretty affordable at $29. You can find it at Spare Bedroom Studio on Etsy.

See you next Friday with more literacy loot! Happy shopping!

(Disclaimer – These items were found via Pinterest, Etsy or through internet searches. I am not being compensated by companies for posting these items… even though that would be pretty cool.)

It’s Monday! What are you reading? #IMWAYR 7/7/14

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Greetings, Literacy Lovers! I hope you are getting through your summer TBR pile and had a wonderful holiday weekend!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

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hyperbole

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Nonfiction, Humor
2013, 371 pages
My Goodreads rating: 4/5 stars
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this title and really wanted to check it out. Most of it is about the author’s struggle with depression in an honest, this-is-how-it-is kind of way that I really appreciated. There are some HILARIOUS stories mixed throughout that cover Brosh’s childhood, her ADHD, and adventures with her two dogs. The book is illustrated with MSPaint and the pictures are so funny. I highly recommend Allie Brosh’s blog too – http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/

no more IR

No More Independent Reading Without Support by Debbie Miller and Barbara Moss

Nonfiction, Professional Development

2013, 87 pages
My Goodreads rating: 4/5 stars
I’ve had this book for awhile and finally decided to read it. This book is part of the “This, Not That” series (Think Eat This, Not That) and while as a veteran teacher there aren’t really a lot of new ideas, I really like the information the authors present. Section three is fantastic, and if I were ever to teach a college course this will probably be on the syllabus for its practicality and to the point message about reading and supporting students.A very quick read!

absolutely almost

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Middle Grade Realistic Fiction
2014, 304 pages
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
Fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder and Cynthia Lord’s Rules will really like this book. Albie is a great character and while his parents really, really annoy me, there are some other fantastic characters that make up for them. The story is all about taking pride in yourself and finding out what you are good at doing. Throw in a “Choose Kind” message and you’ve got a great read!

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Whole Novels for the Whole Class by Ariel Sacks

Nonfiction, Professional Development
2013, 368 pages
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I’m really excited about this book and the potential that Sack’s ideas have for my classroom this fall. The idea of giving students a reading schedule and letting them read a novel on their own is not new to me, but I love, love, love how Sacks lays everything out on the table about how to be successful with this method. Last summer I read Join the Club by Katie Czerwinski, which is all about book clubs and I think the ideas in both of these books are the way I want to set up my ELA classes. Lots of opportunities for reading, writing and talking which are the cornerstones of what I’m wanting for my students. I ended up reading Whole Novels over the course of a week because there were so many things to think about that I read a chapter a day. Ariel Sacks is very accessible on Twitter and has offered to answer questions as I start utilizing this process, which I think is pretty awesome!

I kill the mockingbird

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

YA Realistic Fiction
2014, 176 pages
My Goodreads rating: 5/5
Oh, how I wish this book was 100 pages longer. While I am not an obsessive fan of To Kill A Mockingbird like so many readers out there, I loved this little YA book so much. I adore books that are about books and this one is so cool! I’m surprised it doesn’t have higher ratings on Goodreads, but maybe that’s because it is so short? :) Anyway, this book has a really cool plot that I wish would happen in real life. I would totally participate!!

to all the boys

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

YA Realistic Fiction
2014, 288 pages
MY Goodreads rating: 5/5 stars
This is my first Jenny Han book, but it definitely won’t be the last. I really enjoyed this story, as in, I devoured it in one afternoon and got completely wrapped up in Lara Jean’s story of how some letters she wrote for herself to former crushes were mysteriously mailed to the boys and everything that happens after that. I will admit I was so bummed when I finished it and said to myself “Wait. That’s it? What happens NEXT?”. I was shocked and jump-up-and-down excited to find out that this is only book 1 . Woo Hoo! Great book, and fans of Sarah Dessen esque books would enjoy this one, too.

Happy reading, everyone! Have a great week!

Happy First Birthday, Literacy Love!

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It has been one year since I started this little blog, and I want to celebrate by thanking all of my regular followers and also the visitors that stumble upon this blog by accident. In my wildest dreams I never thought I would have almost 6,000 hits in one year and am feeling very grateful for all of your support and love!

 Secondly, I updated my favorite reads for the first half of 2014, so please check them out here!

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 Happy Reading!

♥ Lesley

It’s Monday! What are you reading? #IMWAYR 6/23/14

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Here are a few titles that I’ve managed to read lately. I’ve started to hit my summer reading pile, but this week I plan to knock out a bunch of books. I hope you’ve found time to read on your summer breaks!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

wild

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacfic Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed

2012, Memoir
315 pages
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I’ve been wanting to read Wild for a long time and finally was able to get it from the library. It was worth the wait! I am fascinated by real life tales of people coming back from the lowest points of their lives and doing amazing things. I cannot even fathom undertaking something as big as hiking for 3 months mostly by myself, not to mention not having any experience about hiking whatsoever while doing so, at the age of 22! Strayed is very honest and doesn’t shy from any details. She recounts her mother’s death, the disintegration of her family, and her time on the PCT. Great book. Highly recommend.

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Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles #2) by Gena Showalter

2013, YA Fantasy
480 pages
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
It took me about 50 pages to get into the follow up to Alice in Zombieland, but there was lots of action, teen angst, funny dialogue, and conflict between all of the characters to keep me interested. I’m sure I missed a ton of Alice in Wonderland references, but I look forward to reading #3 when it comes out later this year.

 

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Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo

2014, YA Fantasy
417 pages
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
The final book of The Grisha Trilogy did not disappoint! I had no clue how this story was going to end, and was so satisfied at how Bardugo decided to wrap things up. I read the second half while waiting at the car dealership, and fought back tears when I read the last page. I will miss the Soldier, Summoner and Saint and if you are looking for an amazing series that is unlike anything else out there, I highly recommend these books. So impressed and hope this one makes it to the big screen!

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Butter by Erin Jade Lange

Upper YA Realistic Fiction, 2012
294 pages
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
This book was very hard to read. While the writing is good, and reminds me of AS King, the subject matter is so sad and scary that I almost abandoned it. The story is based on Butter, a 17 year old who at the beginning of the book weighs well over 400 lbs. He is a loner and, as you can imagine, his peers are not kind to him. His mother enables his bad eating habits and his father pretty much ignores him. Butter spends his evenings playing the saxophone (very, very well) and talking to Anna, a girl from school who he has a crush on. Butter uses a fake name and persona while talking to Anna and she really likes “JP” even though they have never shared a picture with each other. When an altercation in the cafeteria one day drives Butter to start a website advertising his plans to commit suicide by having “one last meal” things go from bad to horible quickly. A sad story about bullying and friendship that tears your heart in two.

This week I’ll be starting to plan for next year so I’ll be reading some professional development books about reading and writing on top of some more books from my summer reads pile, which you can see here: http://wp.me/p3FLrJ-mb

Happy Reading!

It’s Summer Reading Time!

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It’s officially the first day of summer break and I am so, so excited for the opportunity to unwind and recharge after what seemed like one of the longest school years in the history of school years.

I always bring home a box of books to read over the summer and this year is no exception! This time around there is a wide variety – professional development titles, books that have been sitting behind my desk waiting to go into my classroom library (I always read them first) and just for fun – The Harry Potter series! I’ve been wanting to reread it for a few years and recapture the awesomeness that I had when I read it the first time around.

While I already have a couple more titles on hold at the library and a few upcoming releases pre ordered, this will be the majority of my summer reading. I didn’t include the HP books in the pictures below, because I need to get a new copy of  The Sorcerer’s Stone and we all know what they look like anyway! Here’s a random fun fact that may make you feel old – HP#1 came out in 1997! Wow!

I’m not sure what I’ll read first, but I am going to try my hardest to get to as many as I can before August! Happy reading, everyone!

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