It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from pictures books through YA by Jen of Teacher 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.
This week I reviewed 5 Positive Picture Books for Ramadan. These five stories (three realistic fiction, one poetry, and one folktale) introduce their readers to the holy month of Ramadan and its significance in Islam through approachable texts and characters. Several of the books are set either in America or in an unidentified country, which increases their worldwide applicability. Read the full review here: 5 Positive Picture Books for Ramadan.
My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown. This one has definitely been making the rounds of "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" and I got off the library wait list for it this past week. I am looking forward to sharing this book with my students in the spring when we study "Perspective and Point-of-View." The story is told purely from Bobby's POV, and I think discussing the teacher's POV and her changing perspective about Bobby during the story could provoke some lively conversation. (* Update: here's a link to an article by Peter Brown called Regarding Monster Teachers about his experiences that led to this book.)
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. This charming novel follows the story of Felicity Juniper Pickle as her wandering family returns to her mother's hometown that once had a history of everyday magic. The story contains echoes of both the Litmus Lozenge from Because of Winn-Dixie and the unexpected talents of Savvy and the Quirks but holds its own as Felicity learns about the past and how it still impacts the present. I love the idea of "seeing" words and how Felicity's word collecting helps her write poetry. I will be keeping an eye out to add this one to the classroom library. (HT Book Egg.)