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.
We kicked off the school year on Thursday, so I have started adding our read aloud books to our "Where Are We Reading?" map. You can check out the map and associated links to see what books we are sharing, as we travel around the world this year through literature.
Other Posts this Week
This week I shared Part 2 of my Classroom Library Series: Organizing the Classroom Library. From the large-scale to the small-scale, find out everything you need to get your classroom library in order and working for you! So, onto this week's reads ...
This week I shared Part 1 in my new series Around the World in a Single Book: children around the world. This series presents some of my favorite nonfiction resources for studying world cultures. Part 1 focuses on books exclusively about children around the world. Part 2 will look at cultures around the world, and Part 3 will examine specific aspects of culture, including books about languages and schools around the world.
Hermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey. This cute picture book will draw in talking-animal and mystery fans alike (though Hermelin is a typist, not a talker). The book also has some important lessons about first impressions and the assumptions we make about people (and mice). (H/T Melissa at Educate Empower Inspire Teach.)
Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland. This picture book / graphic novel follows Azzi and her family's sudden journey from their home country to a new home in (presumably) America. Now she finds herself at a new school, learning a new language, and missing her home and grandmother. This story is another I will be adding to my list of Picture Books that Deal with Modern Wars in sensitive ways. (H/T Myra at Gathering Books.)
Grandfather's Dream by Holly Keller. This hopeful picture book shares the impact that individuals can make in restoring the environment. Grandfather's Dream tells the story of efforts to recreate a safe place for cranes after the Vietnam War and highlights the persistent conflict for space between nature and farming. This would be a great companion book for last week's Parrots Over Puerto Rico to compare and contrast how different people have worked to protect birds in different places. (H/T Kay.)
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. I was delighted to find that our school librarian had already ordered a copy of Brown Girl Dreaming and that I was able to snag it for the long weekend. This incredible memoir is told in vivid poems that are rich with history and imagery. Suitable for middle school and up, this book could be read by later elementary students, but a strong background in US history and the Civil Rights movement would help a student understand much more of the nuance and the references woven through the book. Have already bookmarked several selections about the power of writing and Writer's Notebooks to share with my students. Inspirational!