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
- Poetry Forms and Gone Fishing. Great book for introducing a wide range of poetry forms and literary devices.
- Interview with Debra Sweeting. Includes review of Inclusion Island.
- Diverse Books for Children: bilingual book edition. Great theme for the newest #diversekidlit!
What a Beautiful Morning (2016) by Arthur Levine and illustrated by Katie Kath. This is a gentle story about a young boy named Noah and his relationship with his Grandpa. But this year, things are different. Grandpa doesn't remember things as well anymore, and on one scary occasion he doesn't remember Noah. This is an important story to talk with kids about Alzheimers, although an author's note about the disease would have been a welcome addition too. Another to add to my text set of books featuring diverse grandparents.
I am a Story (2016) by Dan Yaccarino. This is a loving tribute to the power and longevity of the story. Narrated by the story itself, the book traces the history of storytelling and the evolution of the written and printed word. Astute readers will enjoying following the progress of the red bird through the book as well as the shout-outs to a wide range of books and libraries (even the "Little Free Libraries" first started here in Wisconsin). Definitely a book that could lead to some great discussions about books and stories.