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! First round is beginning today until Wednesday. Join us for the rest of the month as we narrow down our poetry book champion! (See all contenders here.)
- Join 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.
A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals (2016) by Lucy Ruth Cummings. Sarcastic irreverent picture books have almost become a genre in themselves (I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat, Carnivores, and more). This book plays on that idea, as the title sets you up immediately, but perhaps this book is not what you are expecting. Or is it?
The Only Child (2016) by Guojing. This incredible wordless picture book / graphic novel is based on the author's true experience growing up as an only child during China's one-child policy. This fanciful tale begins from that place of truth and then takes the reader on a magical yet emotional journey. Lovely.
A Rock Can Be ... (2015) by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Violeta Dabija. This is the first book I have read in this charming science series (which also includes Water Can Be ... and A Leaf Can Be ...). Lyrical lines celebrate all the many different things that rocks can be and detailed notes at the end explain the science behind the words and illustrations. A great series for science teachers who want to integrate more literature.
My Two Blankets (2015) by Irena Kobald and illustrated by Freya Blackwood. This story is narrated by a young girl who flees her home country due to war and ends up with her aunt in an unfamiliar country with new languages and new animals. The two blankets are a metaphor for how she wraps herself in the known and the familiar. Also a testament to the power of a smile and of friendship. Based on the author's observations of her own Austrian-Australian daughter and her Sudanese-Australian friend. (One to add to my list of books about modern immigration.) (H/T Carrie at There's a Book for That.)
Super Cilantro Girl (2003) by Juan Felipe Herrera and illustrated by Honorio Robledo Tapia. This bilingual story tells of a girl whose mother has been detained at the US / Mexico border, and in response the girl finds herself morphing into a superhero who can fly across the border. This book could have been much more, and I agree with many other reviewers that the artwork distracts rather than adds to the story.
Dim Sum for Everyone (2003) by Grace Lin. Cute but slight. Not a lot of detail for someone who is unfamiliar with dim sum (though there is an author's note). Cartoonish illustrations.