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
- April Poetry Book Madness! My kids loved participating in March Book Madness and have begged me to set up a poetry version for April. Please join to vote for your favorite children's poetry books.
- Introducing the Diverse Children's Book Linkup! There's still time to stop by and check out this brand-new book meme featuring books for children that showcase the diversity of our world.
- April: New Middle Grade Releases. A look at the month-ahead in new book releases, including the newest offering from Katie DiCamillo!
- Book Club: A Single Shard. This is a wonderful novel, set in ancient Korea, if you are looking to add more diverse offerings to your book club choices. Every year I have students that fall in love with this story!
The Pet Project: cute and cuddly vicious verses (2013) by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Zachariah OHora. I read this one aloud to my students during library time, and they were delighted by the hilarious attempts of the narrator to poetically evaluate each animal's pet potential. The poems are quite fun when read aloud, but overall the book can get a bit lengthy, and my students were not particularly impressed by the "twist" ending.
Twenty Yawns (2016) by Jane Smiley and illustrated by Lauren Castillo. This great, new bedtime story explores a full day as well as the mysteries of a quiet house when all the adults are asleep. I didn't have enough time to try and count up all twenty yawns within the story, but it's another feature certain to draw kids in.
The New Small Person, written and illustrated by Lauren Child [a Zolotow Honor book]. Such a great new sibling book! I love how the narrator insists on referring to his new sibling as "the new small person" through the story. Of course there is a happy understanding reached at the end, but such a great journey to get there.