Workshop Wednesday~~Favorite Reading Group Book

Happy Wednesday! I love a linky about BOOKS! I have so many to share! Ideas by Jivey is hosting this Workshop Wednesday linky and the  topic is favorite reading group book.

Sadly (LOL!), Jivey said we could only talk about ONE book in today's link up! I had a hard time with this, but I did settle on a good one, A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole. This is an historical fiction novel about a mouse who lives under the floorboards of the Oakley Plantation in Louisiana. One day John James Audubon and his assistant Joseph move into the house. Celeste has moved to the upstairs where she watches Joseph create the backgrounds for Audubon's paintings. A great friendship develops. Celeste helps Joseph with his art and the wounded birds that Audubon captures for his study. There is a beautiful ending and the author's message about friendship and home really touches your heart! I love this story!

 The illustrations are amazing! You will love Celeste and your kids will learn some history, too!

Here is Henry Cole when he visited our school last year. He is hysterical! We are so lucky that he lives locally!

Here are some of my favorite picture books that he has illustrated:

Now back to Celeste...I have to explain how I use this book. Since starting the CAFE in my classroom, I do not meet with reading groups. I teach a whole group lesson and then I meet one on one with students. All of my kids work from their own just right books. I use my read aloud as my model for the skills I'm teaching. For example, I would read Celeste during read aloud time. The next day I will do a close read. I might focus on a reading skill or strategy in a specific part of the book we read previously. I also use my read aloud for my writing lessons. I just started doing that this on a regular basis year and it does work out great. The kids practice skills in books at their level and I get the best bang for my buck out of my read aloud.

Some skills and strategies this book can be used for are:
Character development
Using illustrations to convey meaning & understand vocabulary
Story elements

The history part of this story ties in nicely with reading informational text. Grab a book about Audubon for a quick social studies lesson. I also show the kids his famous paintings.

I promise you will love this story!


  1. I just purchased Three Hens and a Peacock this weekend and I purchased it because of the illustrations! I was not familiar with him so I really enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing! :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. Thank you for linking up! I have not heard of this book- but will have to check it out- it sounds so good!! :)
    ideas by jivey

  3. This is a new book for me, I look forward to checking it out!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  4. This book was recommended to me by a colleague but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. It will definitely be on my summer reading list.

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  5. Awwww, I almost bought this book at the book fair we had recently but I didn't since I'd already spent $100. Now I wish I had gotten it! Darn. But, now that I have your stamp of approval, I'll just order it!

    Thanks for sharing this!
    Collaboration Cuties

  6. Hello, I found your blog through the linky and I must say I love your blog design!
    I just added this book to my book buying list. I am in need of some fabulous historical fiction books.

    Foreman Teaches

  7. What a wonderful little book. I have never read it but it looks cute.


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