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
- Featured Illustrator: Meilo So. Our featured illustrator for the month of June is Meilo So. This initial post introduces her modern stories and parables. Stay tuned to learn more about her, as well as her incredible collection of traditional tales.
- Kit Lit Blog Hop plus Google+. There's still time to add your book-related posts to the latest #KidLitBlogHop! You can also join the Google+ linky and find new folks to follow.
Sniff! Sniff! (2015) by Ryan Sias. This is a great picture book to help kids build their predicting skills, as they try to guess where the puppy might be going based on the different items he has smelled. Looking for art ideas for the summer? Author/illustrator Ryan Sias sends out weekly emails with goofy writing and drawing prompts. Sign up as Sias Studios. (H/T Tara Lazar - plus a download for how to draw the dog!)
Wolfie the Bunny (2015) by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora. This cross-species tale takes sibling rivalry and antagonism to a whole new level, as the bunny, Dot, is convinced that her newly adopted baby brother, Wolfie, is a threat to the family. I think kids will find this an amusing tale, but I'm not sure I was as blown away by this book as many other reviewers seemed to be.
The Good Luck Cat (2000) by Joy Harjo and illustrated by Paul Lee. This charming story details the lost eight lives of Woogie, the titular cat, and the fear of her only having her ninth life left. I was intrigued about this book after Elisabeth's astute observation about how rare it is to find a story featuring modern Native Americans, which adds another special dimension to this tender tale.
That Book Woman (2008) by Heather Henson and illustrated by David Small. I love books about unusual libraries and the difference that access to books can make. This story is a great addition, as it features a Pack Horse Librarian in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky around the 1930s. These woman faced many struggles getting books into the hands of readers, and this is a great book for helping kids appreciate the easy access they have today to books and resources. (H/T Tammy and Clare.)
Heather Has Two Mommies (2015 ed.) by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Laura Cornell. Heather's favorite number is two, and the book uses her love of 2s to structure a story about her life and first day of school. This book is a great one for helping all students understand and embrace the broad range of what the term "family" truly means.
(I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I had never read any of the earlier versions of this classic book. I've requested a few of the older editions from the library, since I'm curious.) Review copy provided by the Candlewick Best in Class mailing. (All thoughts are my own.)
Circus Mirandus (2015) by Cassie Beasley. This charming debut novel has the feeling of a classic. Here was my quick-take for my #bookaday tweet:
Circus Mirandus by @beasleywrites A powerful and affirming tale of magic, mystery, faith, and wonder. #bookaday— The Logonauts (@thelogonauts) June 5, 2015
My only complaint is that while there are some darker elements at times, overall the story seemed a bit too tidy. (H/T Mrs. Knott and then many more!)
The Familiars (2010) by Adam Jap Epstein and Andrew Jacobson. I finished this one up last week but did not have time to share about it. This one was recommended to me by a student who insisted that I buy it for our classroom library. It is an interesting adventure story with a twist on the usual young-child-discovers-magical-talent trope: the story is told by that child's cat, his "familiar." This fresh twist keeps the story interesting and engaging and will also draw in readers more comfortable with animal characters than people. There are already four books out in the series.
#Bookaday Challenge update: days read a book 3/7 (the last week of school just totally overwhelmed me), books read 3/90
Award-Winning Books Reading Challenge update: 11 books, 2 dedicated posts
Dive into Diversity Challenge update: 127 books, 27 dedicated posts (this week: Featured Illustrator: Meilo So)