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
- Giveaway! Interview with Author Shoumi Sen. Learn all about Durga Puja with author Shoumis Sen. (Last chance to enter the giveaway!)
- New Book Alert: Over the Underworld. Last week marked the debut of book 2 in The Unbelievable FIB series. Click to learn more!
- September on The Logonauts. Roundup of all posts from previous Septembers.
- Diverse Books for Children featuring a Character with a Disability. Great theme for the newest #diversekidlit!
A Morning with Grandpa (2016) by Silvia Liu and illustrated by Christina Forshay [a New Voices Award winner]. I had heard a lot of great things about this book and was eager to get my hands on a copy. In the first half of the story, Gong Gong (grandfather) teaches young Mei Mei about tai chi, and in the second half, she teaches him about yoga. The illustrations, combined with the details in the back, help readers try out both for themselves. There are some cute contrasts between the two, as well as solid grandparent-grandchild moments, but I felt like the story itself left the reader hanging. Another to add to my text set of books featuring diverse grandparents.
A Gift of Gracias: the legend of Altagracia (2005) by Julia Alvarez and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. This story from the Dominican Republic tells of how a young girl received a vision from Our Lady of Thanks (Nuestra Señora de la Atlagracia) that inspires her family to plant an orange grove. The author's note at the end provides more context for the story and the chapel to her that is still visited and venerated today.