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.
Picture Books Biographies about People and Trees is a text set of biographies about people who made a difference in their world by planting trees and encouraging others.
Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato. There were lots of great posts about this book when it first came out, and I finally snagged a copy from the library. As promised, Elliot is completely adorable, and I loved the historical details in the illustrations. The story for me, though, was a little meh. Nothing new. Will be interested to see how students respond, as I am sure this will be one we will introduce for our Mock Caldecott.
Happy Birthday, Jamela! by Niki Daly. I always check out a large collection of books by Niki Daly during our Africa unit, including both his wonderful folktales and his series of Jamela books. This one we shared as a read aloud this week. Jamela is a spunky character who makes creative but impulsive decisions, sometimes with disastrous consequences, but they always work out in the end. She is a very relate-able character for my third graders, and I love sharing stories with them about other parts of the world. (Jamela lives in South Africa like Niki Daly.)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. I love this book so much. I have traditionally used this for a book club choice later in the year with my third graders, but this time we are reading it together as a class as part of the Global Read Aloud. If you haven't read this book yet, you need to. (Also, just an aside, but I shared this version of the cover on purpose. I dislike the other, because that image comes so late in the book.)