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
- Book Club: Holes. There are so many layers to this fabulous book that will lead to great book club discussions.
- If You Like Big Game by Stuart Gibbs ... My students are sharing book recommendations, following the "If you like ... read this next ..." format. Find out what to read after the FunJungle series.
- Wordless Wonders: Picture Books to Ponder. Collection of my favorite new wordless picture books that work for all ages.
Follow The Logonauts on Facebook! Last week I decided to start a Facebook page for The Logonauts. Many parents and teachers are on Facebook, so it seemed like a great way to connect. Please consider "liking" to get updates via your Facebook feed, thanks!
Thunder Egg (2015) by Tim J. Myers and illustrated by Winfield Coleman. This story is not a true traditional tale but rather a blend of story, historical research, and ideas about geodes created by a non-Native author. I'd been trying all week to put together my thoughts about this book,when I stumbled across this article, Writing about Native Americans by Kara Stewart, which I think is essential reading for both teachers and authors. This book makes me uncomfortable, as I feel like it is masquerading as a true cultural tale. I will not be adding this book to my classroom library.
The Luck Uglies (2014) by Paul Durham. This medieval-style fantasy novel follows young Rye O'Chanter who discovers that stories about "good guys" and "bad guys" might not be so straight-forward as she was led to believe and that there might be more behind her mother's Family Rules than just motherly over-protectedness. This is an exciting and fast-paced story though many of the "reveals" are unsurprising to any reader paying a little bit of attention. The series now includes Book 2: Fork-Tongue Charmers, and Book 3: Rise of the Ragged Clover was published just last week. (H/T to Dana Alison Levy, author of the fabulous Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, who ended our recent classroom Skype visit with book recommendations.)
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (2014) by Karen Foxlee. One of my students cornered me this week and insisted that I read this book next, because he enjoyed it so much. Who can turn down a recommendation like that?
Ophelia discovers the marvelous boy locked in a museum and strives to rationalize his magic-based history with her firm belief in science and realism. This was a charming story, though I question the narrative technique of giving the entire story away on the cover (let alone reinforcing it through the chapter titles). It makes the foreshadowing more like "fore-screaming-at-you," but maybe it's reassuring to nervous readers. A thoroughly enjoyable read.