For this post-Halloween edition of "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" I thought I would share my costume from our school's Halloween parade. (I was grateful that many students still read and appreciate Ms. Frizzle and her stories.)
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.
This week I continued my recent theme of trickster tales by exploring Trickster Tales from around the world retold Gerald McDermott. This excellent (and award-winning) collection features tricksters from four different continents and many different cultures. Kids will love these engaging and often humorous stories!
The Girl who Swam to Euskadi by Mark Kurlansky is a folktale about the Basque region of Spain (also known as Euskadi). We received this wonderful bilingual book as a gift from our partner school in Spain as part of the Global Read Aloud #GRAEdward. In the story, a young girl swims from Massachusetts to Euskadi but when she returns the scholars do not believe that the place exists. This book spurred a lot of great conversation among my students, and we are corresponding with our partners in Spain to get their questions answered.
Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Jim LaMarche. This book is lovely, but I found it lacking. The illustrations are amazing and luminous, but I did not find much engaging in the text. I am not sure what would bring you back to this story again, other than to examine the art. (H/T Linda at Teacher Dance.)
Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light (2014). This lovely picture book celebrates the joy of art and the disappointment of dealing with siblings. There are some great, memorable moments in this book, but my favorite is probably "the Gallery du Fridge!" (H/T Mr. Schu at Watch. Connect. Read.)
Halloween Two-Voice Poems What better way to enjoy Halloween then by sharing a favorite poem with a friend? I always hide this collection of two-voice poems until Halloween, and my students love the mix of scary (and really, not-so-scary) creatures that are featured.
Assassin (The Grace Mysteries, Book 1) by Patricia Finney. This historical fiction story is told through the journal entries of Lady Grace Cavendish who lives as a Maid of Honor in the court of Queen Elizabeth I. I found the story a little slow and the surprises overly telegraphed. (The cover photo and blurb highlight the murder which doesn't happen until midway through.) Personally, if you are looking for diary-based or similar historical fiction stories, I recommend the Royal Diary series or the Girls of Many Lands series.
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. Managed to snag this one from the "new books" bin in our classroom library, after several students had recommended it. I loved the concept of the story (a castle that can change and grow of its own accord) and think this is a book many students would really enjoy.