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
- Stories of Chinese Inventions. This collection of books by two different authors feature fictional stories about the possible stories behind ancient Chinese inventions.
A Fine Dessert: four centuries, four families, one delicious dessert (2015) by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. This charming new picture books takes a look at history through the lens of a single dessert, blackberry fool, as created and eaten across a 300-year span, from 1710 to 2010. While the text is deceptively simple, the illustrations and end notes by the author and illustrator make this book a starting point for discussing more complex topics like history, slavery, and gender roles.
Jacob's New Dress (2014) by Sarah and Ian Hoffman and illustrated by Chris Case. After being mocked by a classmate for dressing up like a princess during choice time at school, Jacob asks his mom to help him make his own dress. This book does a great job of gently introducing readers to the idea of gender nonconforming children (or "pink boys" in the authors' note).
Hat Full of Sky (2004) by Terry Pratchett. I finished rereading the second Tiffany Aching book this week. (The Wee Free Men, reviewed last week, is the first book in the Tiffany Aching sub-series of Discworld books.) Hat Full of Sky picks up the story two years later as Tiffany prepares to leave her home on the Chalk and apprentice herself to another witch. This story adds significantly to the mythology and understanding of witches and their role in this world, as well as continues the levity provided by the Wee Free Men. Another great read!
Thanks for the Discworld and Terry Pratchett-related recommendations. Please do keep them coming!
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