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
- Link Up Your Diverse Children's Book Posts Saturday launched another new #diversekidlit hop - please join to share and promote diverse books!
- #3rdfor3rd: The Phoenix of Destiny. Find out why Geronimo Stilton fans are drawn to this new, longer series!
- Kid Lit Blog Hop for June. The monthly #KidLitBlogHop also went live this week. Check in and share any kid lit related posts and reviews.
Orbiting Jupiter (2015) by Gary D. Schmidt is the 12 & up choice for next fall's Global Read Aloud, and I wanted to get a jump on thinking about it for using with my seventh graders. The story revolves around two boys: Jack, whose family has taken in a new foster child, and Joseph, the foster brother who is already a father as a middle schooler. The story of their relationship and time together make the core of this slim novel. My biggest question is whether there will be enough here to sustain the full six weeks of the Global Read Aloud with such a short book. I'll be interested in hearing from others thinking about using this one with kids.
The Great American Whatever (2016) by Tim Federle. I loved Tim Federle's middle grade Nate series, so I was curious about this latest foray into YA, and he did not disappoint. Tim Federle has created yet another engaging, entertaining, and fully-aware gay main character that readers to root for. This is definitely a book aimed at the high school end of YA and touches on many "mature" topics like drinking, strong language, grieving, and losing ones virginity. But at its heart, this is story about finding your place in the world and understanding that the people who know you the best might know more about you than you realize.