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
- This week and next I am participating in the Picture Book 14:14 Challenge to read and analyze 14 picture books for 10 traits. This week I read and analyzed One Green Apple (theme), The Runaway Wok (patterns), E-Mergency! (word play), Nocturne (Rhyme), Emmanuel's Dream (character), Freedom Song (plot), and I Want My Hat Back (dialogue). The ones that were new to me are also mentioned below.
- A Chinese Twist on Favorite Tales - to coincide with the beginning of Chinese New Year, I posted a collection of favorite fairy tales either set in China or with a Chinese (or Chinese New Year) bent to them.
- Nonfiction Picture Books 10 for 10 - I am sharing my Top 10 Favorite Folktales for Reading Aloud
Noah Webster and His Words (2012) by Jeri Chase Ferris and illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsh. This biography of Noah Webster explains how he came to create his eponymous dictionary but also his more popular (at the time) achievements, including his blue-backed speller. I thought the inclusion of dictionary definitions an interesting touch and only infrequently distracting. This would be a good companion book to the recently-award The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet. (H/T Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum.)
Emmanuel's Dream: the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (2015) by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls. I was thrilled to find out that I won a copy of Emmanuel's Dream from a giveaway hosted by Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers. It arrived earlier this month, and I realized that it would be a great fit with the PB14:14 analysis challenge. You can read my full post analyzing the depiction of character in this powerful true story about perseverance.
Freedom Song: the story of Henry "Box" Brown (2012) by Sally M. Walker and illustrated by Sean Qualls. Freedom Song tells the true story of Henry "Box" Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom in 1849. You can read a fuller review, including an analysis of the plot, here. (H/T Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum.)
The Search for the Stone of Excalibur (2014) by Fiona Ingram. I received a review copy of this book as part of a Book Review Blitz with Mother Daughter Book Reviews. I really enjoyed the fast-paced adventure of this series, and stay tuned for my full review coming out tomorrow.
Award-Winning Books Reading Challenge update: 9 books, 1 dedicated post (I Want My Hat Back)
Dive into Diversity Challenge update: 26 books, 14 dedicated posts (One Green Apple, The Runaway Wok, Emmanuel's Dream, and Freedom Song)