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
- Join Up for Poetry Friday. Last Friday I was the official host for the weekly Poetry Friday linkup.
- Link Up Your Diverse Children's Book Posts. There is always a #diversekidlit hop running - please join to share and promote diverse books.
- #3rdfor3rd: Ella Enchanted. Megan provides a suspense-filled introduction to this new fairytale.
- Kid Lit Blog Hop for June. Join in the monthly #KidLitBlogHop.
Nobody Likes a Goblin (2016) by Ben Hatke. Turning fairytale conventions on their head, Ben Hatke shares a goblin's point of view on events, as a perfectly normal day is ruined by a band of roving adventurers. This cute and amusing picture book contains many visual references to other similar stories and ends with a message of friendship.
What Do You Do with a Problem? (2016) by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom. A follow-up to What Do You Do with an Idea?, this time our narrator must come to terms with his problem, which has been following him everywhere and haunting his thoughts (visually and metaphorically-speaking). A simple story but one that could be used as a bridge to larger discussions with kids about how it could apply to their own lives and their own problems.
A Piece of Home (2016) by Jeri Watts and illustrated by Hyewon Yum. This newest addition on the theme of immigration is a first-person story narrated by Hee Jun as his family unexpectedly leaves Korea and moves to West Virginia in the United States. Hee Jun also shares the perspectives of his younger sister and his grandmother, as all three of them adjust to their new life in different ways. A fairly straight-forward story and not particularly memorable. (A review copy of the book was provided by the Candlewick Best in Class mailing. All thoughts are my own.)
Unidentified Suburban Object (2016) by Mike Jung. Main character Chloe is quickly tiring of being the only Korean-American in her school and of the constant comparisons to a famous Korean-American violinist. Her parents have chosen to embrace assimilation and are slow to support her desires to connect to Korean culture. This book has some interesting insights into some of the issues facing second-generation kids, but there are also times where it feels like it brings up a lot of great ideas only to leave them hanging.
I can see why this book is getting such mixed reviews on GoodReads. While the first half reads like one kind of story, the second shifts gears considerably. At its heart, however, this is a story about belonging, about knowing who you are, and about how that may (or may not) line up with how other people see you. (H/T Dana Alison Levy during our Skype class visit earlier this year.)