Monday, December 9, 2019

Week 11 #PictYourBooks Challenge

I remembered!

The last #PictYourBooks post explained how I forgot to share an update with everyone about how Week #10 was actually going to last for two weeks. I was going to post that on Monday, but forgot. Then it was going to be on Tuesday, but I forgot. So it finally appeared on Wednesday.

In that post I said that maybe forgetfulness would be part of the next challenge. Well, the next challenge is here, and I remembered!


Challenge #11: Share a book where something is forgotten or remembered (or both). 


Maybe a thief carelessly left behind a clue, forgetting to cover his tracks. Maybe a detective remembered something important which helped solve a crime. Maybe characters who are up to mischief forgot when Mom was coming home and got caught. Be creative in how you see forgetting or remembering in your books. I can't wait to see what you share.

You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 10 #PictYourBooks Answers

Week #10 was a strange one since there was a short week for Thanksgiving followed by another short week (at least in our district) because students had Monday off so the teachers could have a professional development day. Regardless of the reason, there were only two books shared for week 10 so there's no video for this week.

Good luck on week #11, everyone!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

#PictYourBooks Challenge Update

As you have probably guessed, there is no #PictYourBooks challenge for this week. Week 11 will take place next week, starting on Monday as usual.

It was my plan all along to let week 10 go for two weeks since Thanksgiving week is a short week (especially in our district where students had Wednesday off in addition to Thursday and Friday). So please continue sending your responses for:


Challenge #10: Share a book where a character is thankful.


My apologies for forgetting to post the update this past Monday. Hmmm... Forgetfulness. Maybe week 11's challenge should be something about being forgetful. I think I'll do that next week.

If I remember.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Week 10 #PictYourBooks Challenge

Some weeks take longer than others to decide what the weekly challenge will be. I do have a list of ideas, but the decision sometimes, some weeks, takes a while. I'm not really sure why.

But not this week. It's Thanksgiving week, so this week's challenge was an easy one to choose.


Challenge #10: Share a book where a character is thankful. 


One more thing. I'm thankful for all the students and teachers who participate in the #PictYourBooks challenge. I can't wait to see the books that get shared each week. THANK YOU for sharing!

You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 9 #PictYourBooks Answers






Books for Week 9, Share a book where music is important:
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuoso
Duke Ellington
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
Wendell the Narwhal
We Can
Giraffes Can't Dance
Strega Nona
Over the River and Through the Woods: A Thanksgiving Poem
Trombone Shorty

Monday, November 18, 2019

Week 9 #PictYourBooks Challenge

Two weekends ago my son and I had the opportunity to see the musical Hamilton in Milwaukee, and let me tell you, it was pretty amazing.


Then this past weekend my son got to see another musical with his mom. Two musicals in two weekends with two parents. Is that kid lucky or what?

My family listens to all sorts of music. I'm sure many of you are the same, and you love listening to the radio or your favorite singers or bands. Some of you probably even take music lessons for an instrument or for singing. All of this music was the inspiration for this weeks #PictYourBooks challenge:


Challenge #9: Share a book where music is important.


You know what would have been really funny? Instead of sharing a picture of the book, you had to send me a video of you singing your answers! But don't worry, a picture will do just fine.

You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 8 #PictYourBooks Answers Delayed

There are technical difficulties with this week's video, but I hope to have it finished on Monday night. I will publish it on the website as soon as it's completed, and it will be ready for school on Tuesday.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Week 8 #PictYourBooks Challenge

Today is Veterans Day. Today was originally known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I in 1918, but it was officially changed in 1954 to Veterans Day. Today is the day we recognize and honor all people who have served in the United States Armed Forces - the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Our veterans have bravely served our country, and sometimes people call veterans heroes. I agree. My dad is a veteran, and I consider him a hero, especially as I learn more and more about everything he did while in the army. I'm sure many of you also know people who are veterans, whether they are family, friends, or neighbors.

So this week our #PictYourBooks challenge is about heroes. Even though my introduction is about Veterans Day and how veterans can be considered heroes, the books you choose for this week can have any kind of hero. (But I'll be impressed if you can share books with veterans!)


Challenge #8: Share a book with a hero.


You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 7 #PictYourBooks Answers



Week 7 Books with a surprise:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Keeper of the Lost Cities
Babymouse for President
Elvis and the Underdogs
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog
Big Lizard, Little Lizard
The Birthday Kitten
Sammy’s Special Day
Yes Day!
Finders Keepers
Waiting Is Not Easy!
Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All

Monday, November 4, 2019

Week 7 #PictYourBooks Challenge

Something surprised me this weekend, and to make a long story short, I thought surprises might be a great subject for a #PictYourBooks challenge. 

Sometimes events happen that surprise the characters. Sometimes we, as readers, get surprised by what characters say or do. So here's your next challenge: 


Challenge #7: Share a book with a surprise.


You have one week to submit your answer. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 6 #PictYourBooks Answers


Books featured for Week 6, share a book with a first:
I Really Like Slop
Gus
We Don't Eat Our Classmates
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Clementine
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
Miles Morales: Spider-Man
Koala Lou

Monday, October 28, 2019

Week 6 #PictYourBooks Challenge

I just got a notification on my phone and it said, "FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON FOR MOST AREAS MONDAY NIGHT. A strong upper level disturbance will bring the first snow of the season to most areas on Monday night."

We've already had a challenge about crazy weather, so I won't ask about that again. But since this is the FIRST real snowfall of the season, let's ask a question about firsts.


Challenge #6: Share a book with a first


How you choose to answer this one is up to you. I'm looking forward to some creative and interesting responses!

You have one week to submit your answer before we move on to week 5. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 5 #PictYourBooks Answers


Book Submitted for Week 5:
Stone Fox
Who Wins the Race
Jim Wins
Hot Rods
Hi, Fly Guy!
The Little Red Hen
You Get What You Get
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
The Princess and the Pit Stop
I Want My Hat Back
Ghost, Patina, Sunny, Lou - The Track Series

Monday, October 21, 2019

Week 5 #PictYourBooks Challenge

First of all, my apologies for not having the week 4 video and the week 5 challenge posted on Monday morning. One of my closest friends, Jason, came to visit this weekend. Jason lives over 1,000 miles away so we don't get to see each other very often. We did a lot over the weekend, and it kept me from getting the new posts finished. Part of our weekend was spent here:


This weekend my favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers, played the Oakland Raiders, and my friend Jason is a Raiders fan. We went to the game together, and each of us cheered for our favorite team. Only one of us left happy. The final score was: 

Packers  42     Raiders  24

The game gave me an idea for this week's #PictYourBooks challenge. Since I was happy after the game because my team won, and Jason was disappointed because his team lost, here is this week's challenge: 


Challenge #5: Share a book with a great victory OR a disappointing loss. 


You have one week to submit your answer before we move on to week 5. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 4 #PictYourBooks Answers


Books shared for week #4, books with crazy weather:
Superstorms
Rain
One Stormy Night
The Storm
Time for Kids: Storms
The Berenstain Bears Four Seasons
I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Turtle in Paradise
Ninth Ward
Are You Ready to Play Outside?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Week 4 #PictYourBooks Challenge

It's October, and it's snowing. Snowing! Like big, white flakes falling from the sky. Just this past week students were visiting the apple orchard and pumpkin patch and it was 70 degrees. There are still leaves to rake. My goodness, most of the leaves haven't even fallen off the trees yet, and now it's snowing! Did I mention it's only October?

Can you tell I'm not ready for this crazy weather? Last winter we missed seven (or was it eight?) days of school due to snow and freezing cold temperatures. Who knows what this winter holds, but here's the thing: it should not be winter NOW!

This past summer in central Wisconsin we had a storm called a derecho. I'd never even heard of that before! There was a lot of really strong wind. Lots of trees were knocked down, and some people didn't have electricity for over a week. More crazy weather!

So that leads us to this week's challenge:


Challenge #4: Share a book with any kind of crazy weather.


You have one week to submit your answer before we move on to week 5. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 3 #PictYourBooks Answers



Books set in the fall, shared for week #3:
Calendar Mysteries #9 - September Sneakers by Ron Roy
A Day at the Apple Orchard
Leaves Fall Down: Learning About Autumn Leaves by Lisa Bullard
Frog and Toad all Year by Arnold Lobel
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
Owl Diaries: Trip to the Pumpkin Farm by Rebecca Elliot
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt

Monday, October 7, 2019

Week 3 #PictYourBooks Challenge

Fall is my favorite season. The colors on the trees are changing. There are apples to pick and pumpkins to carve. I love those beautiful fall days when the sun is out and you can go hiking in the woods and each step can kick up a whoosh! of leaves. Sure, there's some work to be done raking all those leaves, but if you don't rake all the leaves, how can you play in the huge piles? That's another awesome part about fall!

I also love cheering for my favorite teams in the fall, especially the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.

But enough about what I like about fall. Let's get to the week 3 challenge ... about fall!


Challenge #3: Share a book that takes place in the fall. 


You have one week to submit your answer before we move on to week 4. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:
Please include the week number with your picture. You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it in the picture works great!

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Week 2 #PictYourBooks Answers



Books with great friends featured in the week 2 video:
Chester’s Way
Wishtree
Otter: I Love Books
Who?
Puppy Mudge Takes a Bath
Can I Play Too
Sir Simon
Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea
Gossie and Gertie
Ollie the Stomper
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Nerdy Birdy Tweets
Charlotte’s Web
Captain Underpants
Look Out, It’s April Fools Day
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Magic Tree House series
The World According to Humphrey
The Thank You Book (Elephant and Piggie)
Harold and Hog Pretend for Real (The Elephant and Piggie Like Reading series)
Unlimited Squirrels series

Monday, September 30, 2019

Week 2 #PictYourBooks Challenge

The first week of the #PictYourBooks challenge is complete, and I'm glad I got to hear from so many of you. There were two surprises for me. First, it was surprising that three different classes shared the the same book. Second, I really thought someone would share the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio since so many older elementary students have read it and school plays such a big role in Auggie's story. 

Speaking of Wonder, a strong friendship develops between Auggie and Jack Will during the story. Thinking about their friendship was the inspiration for this week's challenge: 


Challenge #2: Share a book where two or more characters are great friends. 


You have one week to submit your answer before we move on to week 3. Answers can be submitted three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and: 
Remember to include the week number.  You may also include who the image is from, like a teacher's name, and a description of how the book answers the challenge. Writing information on a sticky note and including it right in the picture is a great idea! 

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Week 1 #PictYourBooks Answers


Challenge #1: Share a book where a character goes back to school. 


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Week 1 #PictYourBooks Challenge

The #PictYourBooks challenge was launched yesterday on Help Readers Love Reading. Now, I know yesterday's introduction says that a new challenge will be posted every Monday, but I really don't want to wait another week! So we're starting week 1 on Tuesday!

Since we're still pretty close to the beginning of the school year, that's the first challenge.


Challenge #1: Share a book where a character goes back to school. 


Remember, you can submit your answer in one of three ways. Snap a picture of any book that answers the challenge and:


Along with the image, be sure to include the week number. You may also share who the answer is from and a short description of how the book answers the challenge. 

Good luck, everyone. I can't wait to see what everyone is reading! 

*This activity is designed mainly for teachers and their students. Kids are not expected nor encouraged to participate independently. No personal information is requested or collected. Teachers may choose to share a general name (Mrs. Garcia’s class), but it is not required. The #PictYourBooks email and phone number were created specifically for this activity and are not my personal contacts.

Monday, September 23, 2019

The 2019-2020 #PictYourBooks Challenge

Welcome back to Help Readers Love Reading! It’s the beginning of another school year, and once again I’m running a weekly program to encourage reading, motivate readers, and ultimately, share books across a large and diverse community. It is called #PictYourBooks.

Last year we did the #PBIDchallenge, and this year #PictYourBooks will work the same way. Every Monday a new challenge (or question) will be posted here on HelpReadersLoveReading.com. Participants* need to find a book that answers the challenge, snap a picture of it, and send it to me. Submissions should include the image and the week number. Participants may also share who the answer is from and a short explanation about how the book answers the challenge.

Let’s give it a try.

Challenge: Share a book where a character enters a different world.

Week 1 from Mr. Wilhorn's class.

Week 1 from Mrs. Garcia's class. Emily and Navin enter Alledia.

In each of these examples, it's pretty clear that Max and Emily and Navin enter different worlds. In addition, and with some creative thinking, books like The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats or Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis could be included too. 

Week 1 from Mr. Wilhorn's class. Peter enters a winter wonderland!

Week 1 from Mrs. Garcia's class. When Bud hears the Dusky Devastators
of the Depression play for the first time it's like he's in another world.

Weekly challenges are designed to have multiple answers across grade levels, interests, and genres. No two readers are the same, just like no two teachers or classrooms are the same, but all readers can draw from the books in their own personal experience to answer the challenges. Teachers and students from across grade levels can participate!

There are three ways to submit a response. Snap a picture of your book and:

Each week I’ll post a weekly wrap-up video to share all the images received for each week’s challenge and publish a list of all the titles submitted for each challenge.

So … #PictYourBooks. Picture … Books. Picture Your Books. Pick Your Books. No matter how you read it, in the end, sharing a book with me during #PictYourBooks is sharing a book with all of us.
And I, for one, can’t wait to see what everyone is reading.

*This activity is designed for teachers, parents, and other grown-ups who work with children in classrooms, small groups, or one-on-one. Kids are not expected nor encouraged to participate independently. No personal information is requested or collected. Teachers may choose to share a general name (Mrs. Garcia’s class), but it is not required. The #PictYourBooks email and phone number were created specifically for this activity and are not my personal contacts.