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
- Featured Illustrator: Duncan Tonatiuh, part 2: biographies. Duncan Tonatiuh is a talented author and illustrator, and this post features his award-winning picture book biographies!
- Link Up Your Diverse Children's Book Posts There is always a #diversekidlit hop running - please join to share and promote diverse books.
- #3rdfor3rd: The Family Fletcher. Two of my students share why they love book two of The Family Fletcher series.
- Kid Lit Blog Hop for June. The monthly #KidLitBlogHop also went live last week. Check in and share any kid lit related posts and reviews.
Land of Forgotten Girls (2016) by Erin Entrada Kelly. This charming story shares the power but also the risks of imagination. Older sister Sol (Soledad) uses her creativity to sooth younger sister M- when life with step-mom Vea gets rough. But when M- experiences her own flight of fancy, Sol needs to find a way to embrace their realities.
Secret of the Andes (1952) by Ann Nolan Clark [Newbery Award Winner]. This book is on the reading list I inherited for seventh grade English and is another to check off my #Nerdbery list. Set in modern Peru, the book follows young llama-herder Cusi as he learns more about life outside Hidden Valley and how the 400-year old conquest of the Inca by the Spanish still lives through the lives of people today. I thought this was an OK if fairly predictable read. I'm curious to know more about the author and her background with the region and the cultural history...
I'm on the lookout for great books / poems / short stories about and by Latin American authors, as I have a lot of flexibility for adopting new texts. Any advice appreciated!