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
- Meet Juan Bobo! This collection of picture books from Puerto Rico features the popular "noodlehead" character Juan Bobo.
- 59th Kid Lit Blog Hop and Pinterest Linky. The twice-monthly #KidLitBlogHop is a great resource for finding book reviews, author posts, book activities, and more!
Drum Dream Girl: how one girl's courage changed music (2015) by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael López. This powerful true story tells about the early life of Chinese-African-Cuban Millo Castro Zaldarriaga. Millo broke the Cuban taboo against female drummers and performed with her sisters as part of Cuba's first "all-girl dance band" in the 1930s. This story inspired some powerful conversations with my students about rules, especially ones about things boys or girls are told they cannot do.
Pablo Neruda: poet of the people (2011) by Monica Brown and illustrated by Julie Paschkis. This biography of Pablo Neruda provides a look at his life and how they influenced his poems. The amazing illustrations complement and extend the text, as they are also overflowing with English and Spanish words. This book sparked some interesting conversations with my students, particularly around the idea that Pablo Neruda had to leave his home country of Chile but was not a criminal.
River Story (2000) by Meredith Hooper and illustrated by Bee Willey. This charming little story tells the birth and journey of a river from the mountains to the plains to the ocean, The illustrations take you over, around, and under the water to see how the water grows and changes. This is also a good story for discussing the interconnectedness of life, people, animals, and the land. The last page contains and index of terms as well as a drawing of the different parts of a river with accurate terminology.
Nation (2008) by Terry Pratchett. This book came up from several folks when I asked for new Terry Pratchett recommendations. This stand-alone (I think) book takes place in a historically-accurate but fantasy version of Earth's history and revolves around a catastrophic event on an island Nation. This book is a fascinating look at religion, cultures, and the clashes between them.
Award-Winning Books Reading Challenge update: 10 books, 2 dedicated posts
Dive into Diversity Challenge update: 92 books, 25 dedicated posts (this week: Meet Juan Bobo!)