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 Week's Posts
- Diverse Books for Back to School + Linkup. This month's #diversekidlit linkup features great suggestions for diversifying your back to school books.
- Diverse First Days of School: Suki's Kimono. This is a great book set on the first day of school about a girl who wants to wear her kimono over her older sister's protests.
- New Novel in Verse: Applesauce Weather. Debuting tomorrow, this brief novel written in verse is a lovely story about families.
City Cat (2013) by Kate Banks and illustrated by Lauren Castillo. I am considering participating in the Lauren Castillo illustrator study as part of The Global Read Aloud this year (though I am having trouble connecting with other middle school classes). To that end, I checked out several books by Lauren Castillo to evaluate for the final choice book week. I really wanted to like this book (the illustrations are so fun!), but the "story" is confusing, the rhyme is scattered, and it just didn't work for me.
What Happens on Wednesdays (2007) by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Lauren Castillo. A little girl tells the routines of her usual Wednesday. I think this could make a cute mentor text for younger students - writing their own versions of a regular day, but I'm not sure there's much here to interest seventh graders ...
Alfie Runs Away (2010) by Kenneth M. Cadow and illustrated by Lauren Castillo. This one is my favorite of three - mostly because everyone seems to have had this moment as a kid. For Alfie, his breaking point was having to give up his favorite red shoes. Rather than stop him, his wise mother helps him pack ... with predicable results.
Sunny Side Up (2015) by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. Sunny is sent to spend the summer with her grandfather at his retirement community in the summer of 1976 and is a thrilled about it as you can image. Only as the story continues, do flashbacks start to suggest that there is more going on here than a simple vacation. I am working on building up my graphic novel collection for middle school, and this is another great addition. (Other new additions include Drama (reviewed last month), Roller Girl (reviewed in Feb.) and pre-ordering Ghosts, Raina's newest, arriving mid-September.)