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
- #PB10for10: Top 10 Picture Books for Middle School. #pb10for10 encourages everyone to create their own top 10 list.
- Diverse Books for Back to School + Linkup. This month's #diversekidlit linkup features great suggestions for diversifying your back to school books.
Return (2016) by Aaron Becker. It's here, it's here! The glorious and satisfying conclusion to the trilogy begun with Journey [a Caldecott Honor book] and continued with Quest. Return brings a new character into the fold - the girl's father, who begins the story by ignoring her kite-flying pleas. I was so pleased with how this story ties the whole series together, and I cannot wait to reread all three of them and analyze the hints and connections within them. Will this be the book to take home the gold Caldecott medal?! (A review copy of the book was provided by the Candlewick Best in Class mailing. All thoughts are my own.)
Follow the Moon Home: a tale of one idea, twenty kids, and a hundred sea turtles (2016) by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Meilo So. Inspired by true events, this picture book tells the story of a classroom of activists who use their observational skills to identify a problem in their sea-side town: baby sea turtles mistaking house lights for the moon and dying before making it to the ocean. This is a great one for teachers to inspire their own activists - and their own towns! (H/T Several #pb10for10 lists.) Adding this to my list of wonderful books illustrated by Meilo So ... and to my Caldecott 2017 watch list!
My Name is Gabriela: the life of Gabriela Mistral / Me llamo Gabriela: la vida de Gabriela Mistral (2005) by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra [winner of the International Latino Book Award]. This biography of Chilean poet and writer Gabriela Mistral does a good job of telling the story of her life and influences on the way to her winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. My only complaint about the book is that it does not include any of her original poetry. (Bilingual in English and Spanish.)
Our first writing unit in seventh grade is poetry, and I am hoping to include many Latin American poems and poets to sync with the Social Studies curriculum. Please share if you have additional poet suggestions or favorite poems by either Gabriela Mistral or Pablo Neruda!