I had some gift cards that I had received as gifts to end the school year, so I had to use them! Here is what I purchased:
I am going to read When You Reach Me by Rebecca Steadwhile we travel. I had not heard of it before, and it is one that my sons would not be drawn to. (That is how I often find new books.) I'll let you know what I think.
I picked up the Scaffolding Young Writers because I am just never satisfied with my writing instruction, and I like Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos. I am hoping that this will help me continue to tweak my writing workshop and make it stronger.
Finally, I read and then purchased The Gardener by Sarah Stewart. I have quite an extensive picture book library, but I am always looking for new additions. This sweet book will work well for many of my CAFE skills like: using pictures to gain understanding, inferencing, and understanding characters. I like the fact that it is set in the Depression and the positive story line it has. I was really drawn to the strong female character of the little girl and her love of her family and others. The illustrations by David Small were also lovely. What a sweet, beautiful picture book!