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 Weeks' Posts
- #3rdfor3rd: Who Cloned the President?. Third grader Jamie shares his review of this mystery series.
I Used to be Afraid (2014) by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. I believe Green was the first cut-out book I read by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, and I was fascinated by how she used cut-out designs that changed color and meaning on each page flip. That same idea is repeated in I Used to be Afraid but with less interesting results. I'm also not sure what to make of some of the "solutions" to not being afraid (like, she used to be afraid of making spelling mistakes but now she can spell mistake correctly so she isn't?). I guess this is a book where I was hoping for more.
Chocolate Me! (2011) and Mixed Me! (2015) by Taye Diggs and illustrated by Shane W. Evans. These are two books that also left me hoping for more. I understand that the message is feeling confident in yourself even when people don't understand you or ask you ignorant questions, but the "solutions" seem a bit simplistic - bribe the neighbors with chocolate cupcakes? Plus, for a white kid reading these books, I'm not sure how clearly the message comes across of just how rude and insensitive such comments can be.
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore (2015) by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. I had not heard of the National Memorial African Bookstore before and love books about the power and importance of books and libraries. This book, however, became much more about Malcolm X than the book store, per se. It is a bit wordy as well.
Hands Around the Library: protecting Egypt's treasured books (2012) by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya and illustrated by Susan L. Roth. This book is also based on a true story about a library - protecting the modern library of Alexandria during the Egyptian revolution in 2011. In this fairly straight-forward retelling, the importance of the library is conveyed along with the actions of protesters to form a human chain around the library. Reminiscent of Alia's actions documented in The Librarian of Basra, this story reminds us of the fragility of books and resources in times of conflict and unrest.
What did you read this week?