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.
The Wren and the Sparrow (2015) by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg. This Holocaust parable is told through the lens of music and musical instruments. The story centers around an old man, the Wren, and his young student, the Sparrow and what happens to their small Polish town during the time of the "Tyrant." The story is powerfully done and will inspire deep conversations with children about the Holocaust and its impacts on the lives of people at the time.
Stone Angel (2015) by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Katie May Green. Sticking with the theme of Holocaust parables, this story takes place in France and is told through the eyes of a young Jewish girl. Her world begins to change, and the family is forced to flee into the woods after the soldiers arrive. Much of the story revolves around their journey and the girl's continued optimism about the future. This story has a happier ending than The Wren and the Sparrow but the middle is perhaps a bit more bleak in the hardships that the family endures.
Red Kite, Blue Kite (2013) by Ji-li Jiang and illustrated by Greg Ruth. This story takes place during the Cultural Revolution in China and is told through the eyes of a young boy whose father is sent to a labor camp. Their kites become a way for the two to communicate and for the boy to keep his spirits up. The story was inspired by the author's friend and his father's own incarceration during the Cultural Revolution.
The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy's Great Idea (2006) by Ann M. Martin as a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. I was delighted when I found out that Raina Telgemeier was bringing back the Baby-Sitters Club as a graphic novel series. Despite having read dozens upon dozens of these books as kid, it was interesting how little of the series stuck with me. It was entertaining to see the series reimagined, and I expect these to be very popular with students as well.
For the summer, I'll be joining Donalyn Miller's #bookaday Challenge. My plan is to read 90 books over the three months of summer vacation, as well as to continue furthering my exploration of award-winning and diversity books. Hope you'll join in the fun!
Award-Winning Books Reading Challenge update: 11 books, 2 dedicated posts
Dive into Diversity Challenge update: 125 books, 26 dedicated posts (this week: Featured Illustrator: Sean Qualls: part 2)