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
- Stonewall Book Awards: great LBGTQ books for children. A review of some of my favorites among recent Stonewall winners and honor books.
- November on The Logonauts. A roundup of previous posts published in November.
- Diverse Books for Children: favorite LGBTQ books. Come share a #diversekidlit post or comment with your recommendations.
First Light, First Life: a worldwide creation story (2016) by Paul Fleishman and illustrated by Julie Paschkis. I was so thrilled to hear about this new "sequel" to Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: a worldwide Cinderella. The concept is so powerful - telling the common stories of the world as one, highlighting both commonalities and differences, complemented by the folk art styles of Julie Paschkis. Awe-inspiring.
The Cat from Hunger Mountain (2016) by Ed Young. This is another incredible picture book offering from master illustrator Ed Young. Done in (torn) paper collage, the illustrations are a fascinating experiment in layering and composition, taking what he started in Wabi Sabi and bringing a little more abstraction and interpretation to it. The story itself is in the style of a legend with a demanding ruler and his constant need to need. Definitely a potential Caldecott contender.
Every Color (2016) by Erin Eitter Kono. This is a cute little story about a poor polar bear who is frustrated by the white sameness of his world, so he leaves on a voyage of colorful discovery. Overall I liked the idea, and it was interesting to try and follow their journey by the landmarks passed, but some of the color choices made me wonder (why is the Blue Mosque green? why aren't the pyramids yellow?). (Also, something about the cover design of this book really recalled Peter and Paul Reynolds's book Going Places.)
Leave Me Alone! (2016) by Vera Brosgol. Admit it. We've all been there. In this hilarious picture book, our poor little old lady protagonist faces endless interrupts in her quest for peacefully knitting nirvana. Who interrupts her (and why) will keep readers chuckling through until the end.