This is the blog of children's book author and elementary school teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Monday, May 15, 2017

#IMWAYR May 15, 2017

Each week I join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. 

This week in the classroom:

Fractured Tale Study

To end the year my students will be fracturing a traditional folk or fairytale. To get them ready we have been exploring different versions of The Three Little Pigs.

This is one of my favorite versions because it causes a debate among my students over whether this is the real story or if the wolf is lying to get out of trouble.

In this version, told in rhyme, the three little pigs are locked in the third pig's house and afraid to go outside until their sister shows them the importance of overcoming fear. It's a great graduation present.

I love these ninja stories by Corey Rosen Schwartz. My students can't get enough of them. 

Read Aloud

I adore this book about a girl who decides one of her chickens is a dog. Her parents are more skeptical until the chicken helps them find the baby brother. My students loved the story and the fact that the illustrations helped them predicted the ending (if they were paying attention).

This has not been an easy read aloud for my third graders because of the many points of view, hidden meanings, and vocabulary, but the incredible story and characters are reaching all of them and is stretching their reading minds.

Here's what I read this week:

Young Adult

I read all four books in the first series this week. I love that magic always has consequences and that the main character, Meghan Chase, is a strong female character and even though there was some "can't get out of my bed heartache" (which I loath), it was followed by strong action. I also loved that book four was told Ash's point of view because he is a strong and thoughtful male character.

Check back tomorrow on #BookTalkTuesday to see what my third graders have been reading. Hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day!

Stacy Barnett Mozer is a third grade teacher and a middle grade author. The Sweet Spot and The Perfect Trip are available now from Spellbound River Press. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what are you reading?


  1. I read The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs years ago, and I can still remember how hilarious it was. What a fun spin on a classic. I miss the Iron Kingdom. I adored that series and the spin-off so much!
    Sam @ WLABB

  2. The Girl Who Drank the Moon is on my to read list for this year. I'm looking forward to reading it. It's always interesting to see how students respond to books I think are fabulous.
    Have you read Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer? My Dog's a Chicken made me think of it. If you haven't it is fabulous.

  3. ELLY AND THE SMELLY SNEAKER is a fractured tale that I highly recommend! It's a new one with a fresh twist.
    I can see how GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON would be a tough read aloud. I bet your students will be so glad they've heard that story, though!

  4. I love that you're reading The Girl Who Drank The Moon. Wow! It will be stretching your class, but what an exciting story. One of my favorite, but older, fractured fairy tales is Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen. You may not need more titles, but thought I'd share. Thanks for all your shared!


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