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
- Read Around the World: Central Asia. I shared a favorite book from Central Asia as part of the Read Around the World summer series on Multicultural Kids Blogs. Bonus links to some fun felt-related craft projects too!
- Featured Illustrator Meilo 2: part 2, traditional tales. Meilo So has illustrated a wide range of traditional tales from many cultures and countries.
- #3rdfor3rd review: Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Third grader Geoffrey shares his thoughts on why he recommends Sideways Stories.
- Digital Student Portfolios: Introduction. I am participating in a month-long professional development book club discussion of the book Digital Student Portfolios by Matt Renwick.
Papa and Me (2008) and Mama and Me (2011) by Arthur Dorros and illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez. These two picture books celebrate the special relationships between a parent and a child. In each, the two go off on some special adventure and share a mix of Spanish and English in their dialog. Both books are a great way to add diverse families to your bookshelf.
How to Read a Story (2015) by Kate Messner and illustrated by Mark Siegel. It is impossible to read this book and not want to immediately grab a huge pile of picture books, a reading buddy, and snuggle up for some amazing read alouds! I cannot wait to share this book with my third graders this fall as they prepare to be reading buddies with the kindergarten class. So fun!
When Turtle Grew Feathers: a folktale from the Choctaw Nation (2007) by Tim Tingle and illustrated by Stacey Schuett. This entertaining variant of the Tortoise and the Hare explains both how turtle ended up with a "cracked" shell and why rabbits no longer challenge turtles.
What Forest Knows (2014) by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by August Hall. If you ever need a mentor text to study the power of an economy of language, study the books of George Ella Lyon. This sparse, lyrical text is further enhanced by the soft style and color palette of the illustrations. Superb. (H/T Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum.)
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate (coming July 7th, 2015) by Jacqueline Kelly. I was delighted to discover that there was finally a sequel to The Invention of Calpurnia Tate. In this story, Callie continues her scientific explorations with her grandfather, while also trying to keep a damper on younger brother Travis and his new "pets." This is a lovely historical fiction piece, and I love how the author weaves in details about gender relations and Callie's frustration with her limited role in her early 1900s world. (Digital ARC provided via Net Galley in return for an honest review.)
Trickster: Native American tales, a graphic collection (2010) assembled by Matt Dembicki. This "graphic novel" collection brings together 21 stories by Native American storytellers from across the US paired with illustrators. This is a great collection of tales, and the graphic novel or comic format makes this an especially appealing book for reluctant readers. Though labelled as Young Adult by my public library, the stories do not contain graphic or mature content (other than what you would expect from a traditional tale).
Read Between the Lines (2015) by Jo Knowles. I had heard some really positive buzz around this book, even though I do not often read Young Adult fiction. When I realized that Jo Knowles was also one of the amazing instructors for the upcoming Teachers Write, I moved this book to the top of my TBR pile. (A review copy of the book was provided by the Candlewick Best in Class mailing. All thoughts are my own.)
This is an incredibly interesting and nuanced portrayal of one day in the life of a community. The story is told through several different perspectives all on this single day. I really appreciated how this format served to underscore the extreme self-centeredness of teen life, especially as the characters struggled to look beyond themselves and to express empathy for others. A powerful story.
Challenges and Summer PlansThis summer I am again joining in the amazing community and discussion of #cyberPD. This summer's book is Digital Reading: What's Essential in Grades 3-8. Click here to read more about #cyberPD or click here to join the Google+ discussion group!
#Bookaday Challenge update: days read a book 25/28, books read 42/90
Award-Winning Books Reading Challenge update: 12 books, 2 dedicated posts
Dive into Diversity Challenge update: 135 books, 30 dedicated posts (this week: Read Around the World: Central Asia and Featured Illustrator Meilo 2: part 2)