It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from picture 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
- Celebrating Multicultural Children's Book Day! - as part of MCCBD I put together a huge listing of all of my multicultural blog posts and book recommendations - more than 20 posts and 100s of great books. (Plus some cute pictures of my third graders
- Worldwide Cinderella: part 3 - fractured fairy tales - this third part in a series on Cinderella stories features fractured and otherwise unexpected versions of the Cinderella story line, often with much hilarity.
- New Book Alert: Juneteenth for Mazie - this brand-new book provides a great background for introducing children to Juneteenth
- Mock Caldecott Ballot - featuring the 24 books chosen for our school-wide Mock Caldecott vote this week
- Mock Caldecott - Results! Grade-by-grade results of our Mock Caldecott voting
Back of the Bus (2010) by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Floyd Cooper. This "insiders" view of Rosa Park's bus boycott beginning is told through the eyes of our young narrator who is sitting quietly next to his mother on the back of the same bus. I think this would be a really interesting book to use as part of a text set of stories about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, especially with older students who could really delve into the ideas of point of view and historical impact. (H/T Linda at Teacher Dance.)
The Camel in the Sun (2013) by Griffin Ondaatje and illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber. This fascinating and evocative story is based on a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad and his encounter with a tired camel. This story has an important message about thinking about the thoughts and perspectives of others, including animals.
Because Amelia Smiled (2012) by David Ezra Stein. An interesting take on the interconnectedness of people, countries, and cultures. although some of the "connections" get a little far fetched. Could spark some interesting discussions about actions and consequences (intended and otherwise). (H/T Someone during the wonderfully frenetic #ReadYourWorld twitter chat last week Tuesday on Multicultural Children's Book Day.)
A Perfectly Messed Up Story (2014) by Patrick McDonnell. I love a good meta story, and in this one, you, the reader, end up at fault as food, fingerprints, and other general book threats are called out by Louie, the main character. The transitions at the end from frustration to despair to hope went a little quick for me, but I think kids will enjoy the humor of poor Louie struggling as his story gets messed up. (H/T Carrie of There's a Book for That.)
Serafina's Promise (2013) by Ann E, Burg. This novel is verse is told from the point-of-view of Serafina, a young girl living in poverty in Haiti. I really dislike when book jackets manage to give away potential "twists" in a book, and this one mentioned all major catastrophes on both the back of the book and the inside flap, which to me made the book fall flat. I also wished there was more information about the author's connection to Haiti and why she felt qualified to write this story.
Shelter Pet Squad: Jelly Bean (2014) by Cynthia Lord and illustrated by Erin McGuire. This charming, quick read is a great book to fill the gap for readers between young and middle grade fiction and is the first book in the soon-to-be-continued series. Second-grader Suzannah really wants a pet of her own, but her apartment complex doesn't allow pets. Instead, her parents sign her up to join the Shelter Pet Squad and help out at the local animal shelter, which kicks off the rest of the book. The story is engaging and fast-moving, and Cynthia Lord includes a variety of back matter, including facts, activities, an author's note, ways to help your local animal shelter, and thoughtful questions when considering getting a guinea pig as a pet. I think a lot of students will be drawn to this series, and I look forward to introducing it to my students as well!
Award-Winning Books Reading Challenge update: 2 (Mock Caldecott Ballot and Mock Caldecott - Results!)
Dive into Diversity Challenge update: 19 books, 8 dedicated posts (this week: Celebrating Multicultural Children's Book Day! and Juneteenth for Mazie )