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
- Top 10 Favorite Books of 6th Graders. The final book survey is in, revealing the favorite books of sixth graders, for sixth graders.
- You Nest Here with Me. This incredibly lovely lullaby of a new book features poetry by Jane Yolen and her daughter and illustrations by Melissa Sweet. So much to love!
Mama Panya's Pancakes: a village tale from Kenya (2005) by Mary and Rich Chamberlin and illustrated by Julia Carins. This generosity tale grows as Mama Panya and Adika head to market to buy supplies to make pancakes and Adika continues to invite more friends along the way, but of course everything works out fine by the end. The lengthy end notes contain awkwardly laid out pages about village life in Kenya, animals, Kiswahili, a map with random facts, and a recipe for pancakes. This book felt like a miss to me. The story is too predictable and seems to trivialize poverty, and the end notes are a jumble of things with no information about the author's connections to the story or country.
The Mangrove Tree: planting trees to feed families (2011) by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore. This poem / narrative biography features Gordon H. Sato and his work to grove mangrove tree forests along the coast of Eritrea. It is an interesting story, and one that I should add to my collection of Biographies about People and Trees. The "poem" part, however, I could do without, as its "This is the house that Jack built" format really did not do anything for me or for the story. The book has a detailed author's note about Mr. Soto and his work, including web links and a bibliography.
Little Humans (2014) by Brandon Stanton. I love the idea behind Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York project and was very curious about this version about kids and for kids. The photographs are incredible, and I love the diversity of kids, poses, and locations. The text is pretty meh and actually seems geared far too young, which might turn school-aged kids off. I also wish that there had been back matter with details about the kids. My students love the Children Just Like Me series and have a million questions about these kids, their ages, and their lives.
Battle Bunny (2013) by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett and illustrated by Matthew Myers (and Alex). Young Alex, not pleased by Birthday Bunny, the new gift book from his grandmother, has taken matters into his own hands. Behold, Battle Bunny! My students found this absurd dual-level picture book an absolute hoot, and they enjoy trying to read aloud solely one storyline or the other. It also sparked some interesting conversations about the creation and ideas behind this book. (H/T Juliana at Juliana Lee Writer.)
Award-Winning Books Reading Challenge update: 10 books, 2 dedicated posts
Dive into Diversity Challenge update: 56 books, 19 dedicated posts
ReFoReMo: For the month of March, I am also participating in the Read for Research Month Challenge. While my picture book reading is growing exponentially, I will try not to be too overwhelming with how many I include here for IMWAYR. Additional books that are new to me will be logged on GoodReads, and rereads will just be logged in my notes.