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 2 Week's Posts
- Great Graphic Novels for Middle School, part 1: realistic fiction and memoir and part 2: fantasy and traditional tales. Rounding up some of the favorite graphic novels of my middle schoolers.
- Diverse Books for Children: favorite author or illustrator. Great theme for this month's #diversekidlit! Come share a post or comment with your recommendations.
Show Way (2005) by Jacqueline Woodson [Newbery Honor]. Jacqueline Woodson is speaking in town this week, so our school's librarian put together a book display to share with our students. I have no idea how I'd missed this picture book before now!
Show Way is a historical look through Woodon's own family connected to the process of quilt making and the connection between quilting and knowledge of the Underground Railroad. This is an incredibly-lyrical and well-illustrated book, and it received a Newbery Honor (for the writing).
Bridge to Terabithia (1978) by Katherine Paterson. Reread. (Full disclosure: when I was younger I had my own imaginary world in the woods near our house named TerebiNthia, because I was subtle in my plagiarism.) It has been a long time since I last read this book, and overall I felt like it still holds up and could be relevant to today's readers. (Though the teacher calling up the student and taking him on an impromptu field trip raises eyebrows.)
When You Reach Me (2009) by Rebecca Stead. Another Newbery winner off my to-read list!
This is an interesting and quirky story that I'm still not quite sure what to do with. Thankfully, all of my students read A Wrinkle in Time last year, because I wouldn't want anyone to read this book who hadn't already read Wrinkle, as there are major spoilers included. It also feels a bit hard to book talk this one without giving too much away. But at its heart this is a story about family, the difficulties of middle school friendships, and wanting more from life.
I'm still working on building my list of must-read or must-discuss books for middle schoolers. (Especially books they might not pick up on their own.) Others I'm considering include One for the Murphys , Tuck Everlasting, Paper Things, and The Fourteenth Goldfish.