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
- The Odes of Pablo Neruda. Example poems and picture book about his life to use when introducing this form of poetry to students.
- Diverse Books for Children: favorite author or illustrator. Great theme for the newest #diversekidlit! Come share a post or comment with your recommendations.
Dear Dragon: a pen pal tale (2016) by Josh Funk. So cute and clever. Some major miscommunications happen as human and dragon pen pals put their own lives into the letters from their new friends. A great conversation-started about prejudice and stereotypes!
One for the Murphys (2012) by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I'm trying to put together a series of book club book choices for my seventh graders. I'm looking for shorter books with plenty to think about and that deal with higher-level issues. I've read Fish in a Tree (which some of my students read last year), so I thought I'd check this one out too.
One for the Murphys is the story of a girl named Carley who finds herself in foster care after she is beaten by her stepfather. This is a tear-jerker of a tale about family, friendship, and finding your own way. I have read some negative criticism about the depiction of social workers in the book, but I still think there is a lot to value in this story.
What are your must-read or must-discuss books for middle schoolers? (Especially books they might not pick up on their own.) Others I'm considering include Tuck Everlasting, Paper Things, and The Fourteenth Goldfish.