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 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.
Other Posts This Week
We are Bloggers! My students started blogging this month, using KidBlog, and this post details how we started up with blogging.
Community and Culture: our read alouds from September provides a quick overview of the books we shared as a class during the first month of school.
The Story of Lightning and Thunder by Ashley Bryan. I learned about Ashley Bryan from Joyce Ray at Musings and immediately requested several of his book from our public library, as we are starting our Africa unit of study. I really liked this folktale version of the The Story of Lightning and Thunder for the story, the wonderful illustrations, and the easy, storytelling rhythm of the text.
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin. My recent post about the biography and geography of food spurred several book recommendations including this one from Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum. This real-life biography introduces Will Allen and his journey to creating and running a large urban farm in Milwaukee. A great book to make a local connection to food.
Wings of Fire: the dragonet prophecy by Tui Sutherland (Book 1). My students recently recommended books to each other, and I've been trying to catch up on some of the favorites. Book 1 of the Wings of Fire series introduces the five dragonets of a supposed prophecy and their first interactions with the wide world and ongoing conflict over control. I found the book generally interesting and engaging and can see why this appeals to a wide range of students.
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. Another student recommendation, this is the first in this charming graphic novel series. A lot happens in just the illustrations of this book, so you need to slow down and "read" the illustrations more than you do in some other graphic novels. This book left me with a lot of questions, as lots of characters and creatures are introduced with very little background, but perhaps those questions are what drive readers to read more? Enjoyable book.