Monday, June 27, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 6/27/16


It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from picture books through YA by Jen of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers. You can visit either site for a round up of blogs sharing their weekly readings and thoughts or search Twitter for #IMWAYR.



Last Weeks' Posts

  • Kid Lit Blog Hop for June. The monthly #KidLitBlogHop also went live last week. Check in and share any kid lit related posts and reviews.


Middle Grade



Land of Forgotten Girls (2016) by Erin Entrada Kelly. This charming story shares the power but also the risks of imagination. Older sister Sol (Soledad) uses her creativity to sooth younger sister M- when life with step-mom Vea gets rough. But when M- experiences her own flight of fancy, Sol needs to find a way to embrace their realities.


Secret of the Andes (1952) by Ann Nolan Clark [Newbery Award Winner]. This book is on the reading list I inherited for seventh grade English and is another to check off my #Nerdbery list. Set in modern Peru, the book follows young llama-herder Cusi as he learns more about life outside Hidden Valley and how the 400-year old conquest of the Inca by the Spanish still lives through the lives of people today. I thought this was an OK if fairly predictable read. I'm curious to know more about the author and her background with the region and the cultural history...

I'm on the lookout for great books / poems / short stories about and by Latin American authors, as I have a lot of flexibility for adopting new texts. Any advice appreciated!

Happy Reading!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Featured Illustrator: Duncan Tonatiuh, part 2: biographies

My first post about author-illustrated Duncan Tonatiuh shared about his fictional stories and a little of the behind-the-scenes of his artwork (and an example from one of my students, following his lead). This post will introduce several of his incredible picture book biographies.

Biographies Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh


Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation [a Pura Belpré Honor book and a Siebert Honor book]. This is an important book that sheds light on a lesser known side of the Civil Rights Movement: the segregation of children of Mexican and Hispanic descent, especially on the West Coast. I think it is critical for kids today to understand that discrimination is not just a white/black issue and that many groups have been treated differently for many "reasons."


Diego Rivera His World and Ours. This book is an interesting mix of standard biography and asking questions. The first half details the life and influences of Diego Rivera, while the second half asks students to consider how Diego might interpret our modern world in his art. My students especially liked the depiction of a row of kids at their computers as an artistic statement. (We shared this book with others about Frida Khalo as well. You can read more about that here.


Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras [Sibert Award winner and a Pura Belpré Honor book]. Written in a similar style to Diego Rivera, this book combines biography with an interpretation of Posada's works and their application in a modern setting. Our Spanish students often do activities related to Day of the Dead, and this would be a great book to give them more background about how this artistic style developed.

I can't wait for more from this talented illustrator and storyteller!



Click here for part 1 about fictional stories by Duncan Tonatiuh or click the "Featured Illustrator" tag for more books by talented illustrators.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

#3rdfor3rd: The Family Fletcher

Welcome to #3rdfor3rd where I share books that my third graders recommend for other third graders. (Please note that my third graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for third graders.) Read more about this book recommendation series and format here.

The Family Fletcher


I have mentioned on the blog before that my third graders had the chance to Skype with author Dana Alison Levy as a part of World Read Aloud Day in February. To prepare, we began reading aloud her first book, The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, which was a huge hit. SUCH a huge hit, in fact, that it featured in the teacher gift I received at the end of the year.


Amazing, right?

The sequel, The Family Fletcher Take Rock Island, came out on May 10th, and there was much clamoring for it among my students. Two of those that got a chance to read it before the year ended chose to write their "Best Book of the Year" reviews about it. Enjoy!

A book you should really read this summer!


A book recommendation by Grant

The Family Fletcher takes Rock Island is a great book by Dana Alison Levy. It has great adventure hilarious stories and great surprises. This book is the second book in a series of two the first book is The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher.

This is my favorite book because of its hilarious comedy.

Read The Family Fletcher!


Book recommendation by Wafik

You must read The Family Fletcher's Take Rock Island. It has been written by Dana Alison Levy . It is a really good book. It is even better than The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher.

Click here or the #3rdfor3rd tag for even more great book recommendations!

Monday, June 20, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 6/20/16


It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from picture books through YA by Jen of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers. You can visit either site for a round up of blogs sharing their weekly readings and thoughts or search Twitter for #IMWAYR.



Last Weeks' Posts

  • Kid Lit Blog Hop for June. The monthly #KidLitBlogHop also went live this week. Check in and share any kid lit related posts and reviews.


Young Adult



Orbiting Jupiter (2015) by Gary D. Schmidt is the 12 & up choice for next fall's Global Read Aloud, and I wanted to get a jump on thinking about it for using with my seventh graders. The story revolves around two boys: Jack, whose family has taken in a new foster child, and Joseph, the foster brother who is already a father as a middle schooler. The story of their relationship and time together make the core of this slim novel. My biggest question is whether there will be enough here to sustain the full six weeks of the Global Read Aloud with such a short book. I'll be interested in hearing from others thinking about using this one with kids.


The Great American Whatever (2016) by Tim Federle. I loved Tim Federle's middle grade Nate series, so I was curious about this latest foray into YA, and he did not disappoint. Tim Federle has created yet another engaging, entertaining, and fully-aware gay main character that readers to root for. This is definitely a book aimed at the high school end of YA and touches on many "mature" topics like drinking, strong language, grieving, and losing ones virginity. But at its heart, this is story about finding your place in the world and understanding that the people who know you the best might know more about you than you realize.

Happy Reading!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Find Great Diverse Children's Books #diversekidlit !

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The most clicked post from our previous #diversekidlit is 2016 Américas Award Winning Children’s Books by Svenja at Colours of Us. She provides a brief description of each of the winners, finalists, and commended titles from this year's awards announcement. The Américas Award is a great resource for incredible books about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the US.

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Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (2016) by Chris Barton and illustrated by Dan Tate. I love this new nonfiction biography of Lonnie Johnson. The book does a great job of connecting Lonnie's interests as a kid to his future plans, as well as showing the ups and downs of a real career. Definitely a book I will use with kids in the future!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

#3rdfor3rd: The Phoenix of Destiny

Welcome to #3rdfor3rd where I share books that my third graders recommend for other third graders. (Please note that my third graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for third graders.) Read more about this book recommendation series and format here.

The Phoenix of Destiny

Book recommendation by Oliver

If you like Geronimo Stilton you will like the Phoenix Of Destiny: an epic Kingdom of Fantasy adventure! I believe it is the twelvth book in the Kingdom Of Fantasy series. It is by Geronimo Stilton. It is over 500 pages long. I am only 90 pages in but it is already really good.

In the book Geronimo is sent on a mission in the kingdom of fantasy. It has a lot of fantastical creatures in it including fairies and dragons. Will he succeed on his mission or will he fail and die?

Read the book to find out!

You may also be interested in a review of the first book in the series: The Kingdom of Fantasy. Or click here or the #3rdfor3rd tag for even more great book recommendations!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Kid Lit Blog Hop for June


It's summer time! We want to welcome you to the June 2016 Kid Lit Blog Hop. This exciting, monthly hop is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children's literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!

Simply make a post related to children's literature and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only.) If you are an author, feel free just to link to your blog.

Once you are done, then hop around to visit others. Please follow the co-hosts and visit at least the two people above your link. Please leave a comment when you do visit; we all like those. Also, it would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post.

We would also be grateful if you tweet about the blog hop too: #KidLitBlogHop. Let’s grow this wonderful community.

Our next hop will be July 20, 2016. The hostess will be around to see you soon.

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