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
- Celebrating the 2016 Zolotow Winners! A look at the winners of this year's Zolotow Awards for writing in picture books.
- #3rdfor3rd: The Story of Ferdinand. Third grader Henry shares his thoughts about this classic picture book.
- January Kid Lit Blog Hop. There's still time to link up with this month's #KidLitBlogHop - a great resource for all thing kid lit.
Also, only two more days until Multicultural Children's Book Day on January 27th! Teachers, you can get a free, high-quality diversity title for your classroom by participating. All details are here.
A Boy and a Jaguar (2014) by Alan Rabinowitz and illustrated by Catia Chien. I enjoyed this autobiographical tale about how a young boy with a shutter became a famous and influential jaguar-researcher, but it seemed odd to omit an Author's Note. (I had to resort to Google to even confirm that this was a true story and, in fact, autobiographical. Missed opportunity.)
Baby Bear (2014) by Kadir Nelson. I was intrigued after seeing many of the illustrations for this book during Kadir Nelson's breakfast talk at NCTE, but in the end, this oddly incoherent tale really doesn't amount to much.
"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate (2001) by Bob Graham. There are many things to love about this story and how it takes the conventions of a new puppy tale and twists them. I also appreciate the inclusion of diverse characters often not highlighted in current diversity pushes (a mom with a tattoo, etc.). (A review copy of the book was provided by the Candlewick Best in Class mailing. All thoughts are my own.)
A Bus Called Heaven (2011) by Bob Graham. (A review copy of the book was provided by the Candlewick Best in Class mailing. All thoughts are my own.)
How the Sun Got to Coco’s House (2015) written and illustrated by Bob Graham [a Zolotow Highly Commended Book]. (A review copy of the book was provided by the Candlewick Best in Class mailing. All thoughts are my own.)
Ballet Cat: the Totally Secret Secret (2015) written and illustrated by Bob Shea. This easy reader book provides a great lesson in friendship and one that many kids have likely faced. How do you go about making a suggestion to a friend who always wants to play the same old thing? Fans of Elephant and Piggy will enjoy this be dynamic duo of Ballet Cat and Sparkle Pony.
Written and Drawn by Henrietta (2015) by Liniers. This comic-style short graphic novel tells two stories at the same time: the outer frame is about Henrietta who is writing and drawing the inner story. This appealing and adventurous story about writing will make young readers eager to pick up their own pencils and get writing! (H/T Honor winner of the ALA's Mildred L. Batchelder Award.)
Secret Coders (2015) by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes. This new graphic novel series features new student Hopper and her unlikely friendship with the popular Eni. Events conspire to drawn them into the mysterious power of binary numbers and basic computer programming. Book two, Paths and Portals drops in August 2016. [This book made me quite fondly nostalgic for that dear little turtle in the original Logo program that we learned back in the '80s.]
Wonder (2012) by R.J. Palacio. I will admit to being behind the game on this one, so I was delighted to pick up a copy last week at our local used book sale. This charming story of understanding differences and learning to accept people for who they are will make everyone think again what it truly means to "Choose Kind."