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.
Last Week's Posts
- Worldwide Cinderella: part 1 - Asia, Europe, and Africa - this first part in a series on Cinderella stories features Cinderella stories from Asia, Europe, and Africa including some of the oldest known Cinderella tales.
- Celebrating Bilingualism with Poetry - some resources for sharing bilingual (and trilingual) poems with students to encourage them to write poetry in a variety of languages.
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (2014) by Natasha Yim and illustrated by Grace Zong (A Junior Library Guild Selection). This Chinese New Year retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears features poor Goldy Luck, who is worried about being unlucky for another year. Her fear of bad luck (and her extreme tiredness) lead her into some predictable situations ... but with a twist for the ending! (H/T Multicultural Children's Book Day Blog.)
Hug Machine (2014) by Scott Campbell. This very endearing book follows the day in the life of the self-proclaimed "Hug Machine!" Kids will love the variety of people and objects that are validated and hugged in this book. My students giggled throughout and enjoyed making predictions.
Nana in the City (2014) by Lauren Castillo. This is a great book to use to discuss compare-contrast structures with kids, as they can examine the two different halves (days) of this story. It is also useful to talk about the differences between perceptions and realities and help them to see how opinions can grow and change when presented with more information.
Maple (2014) by Lori Nichols. I was a child who befriended a tree, so I could easily identify with Maple and her growing relationship with her birth tree. This is also a good book for discussing how to deal with a new baby in the family.
Apples to Oregon: being the (slightly) true narrative of how a brave pioneer farmer brought apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes, and cherries (and children) across the Plains (2004) by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. I will admit to being confused by this book. I understand the idea behind tall tales, and I understand the idea behind historical fiction, but this mash-up of the two didn't quite work for me. Why not tell a more straight-forward take on the idea of transporting fruit trees across the plains without somehow having an entire family in a comically-small wagon that then disappears midway through? Not planning to add this to our fourth grade Pioneers US History unit. (H/T Aileen Stewart.)
I See the Sun series by Dedie King and Judith Inglese. I read three books in this series this week: I See the Sun in China, I See the Sun in Nepal, and I See the Sun in Afghanistan. Each bilingual story tells of the passage of a single day in that country told through the eyes of a child. The artwork is a mixture of drawing and collage (including photographs), and the extensive notes at the end provide details about the specific town or village and why the characters names were chosen. This could be an interesting format for students to follow in creating their own "I See the Sun" series about a day in their life.
Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold (2014) by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen. This charming collection of winter-based poems is well-matched by the detailed illustrations and the informative paragraphs about the plant, animal, or object being featured in the poem. Children will love exploring the illustrations and imagery of the poem - as well as following the journey of a certain red fox across the pages.
Award-Winning Books Reading Challenge update: 0 so far (maybe some after the Caldecott announcement is made!)
Dive into Diversity Challenge update: 8 new books, 2 dedicated posts (Cinderella, bilingual poetry)
Multicultural Children's Book Day is coming soon - January 27th! I hope you'll join me and many others in sharing and celebrating books that honor multicultural characters, themes, and ideas. Check out their blog for more information, including daily author interviews for the month of January.