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
- Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words, Review #ReadYourWorld. As part of this year's Multicultural Children's Book Day (1/27) I read and reviewed this book about Malala - and shared an original poem by a student of mine, inspired by Malala's story. You can see my curated collection of Multicultural Books here too.
- New Book Alert: Pax. Pax is available tomorrow!
- 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.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker with illustrations by Jon Klassen, p.304. Available Feb. 2, 2016 (ARC picked up at NCTE). This week I shared my review of Sara Pennypacker's new novel, Pax, which comes out on Tuesday! This charming story is told in alternating chapters by Pax, a young fox, and his former owner, a boy named Peter. Having raised Pax from a kit, Peter is forced by his father to abandon Pax and send him back in the wild. I predict this will become an instant classic in many classrooms. (You can read my longer review here.)
The Mystery of the Griefer's Mark: an unofficial gamer's adventure (2014) by Winter Morgan. As a third grade teacher, I have many students who are obsessed with Minecraft and who enjoy reading Minecraft books. I spent some time playing around with Minecraft this past summer, and finally got around to finding a Minecraft book too - it was terrible.
The writing is not good, it's nearly all dialogue, and the actions and motivations of the characters are barely there. There is very little description, and the plot was hard to follow. Honestly, I had a student who wrote a multi-chapter epic Minecraft-inspired story for our latest fiction unit, and his story was incredibly more interesting, nuanced, and well-written than this one. (Final verdict: if I find these at a used book sale, I will pick them up for my classroom, but I am not investing full price in them, for sure.)