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 Friday: peace. Sharing a Wendell Berry poem that our eighth grade teacher read and discussed with her students, following the election results.
- Mock Caldecott, part 1. Sharing the first of two posts about my predictions for this year's Caldecott. Our school librarian and I are working to narrow down favorites for our school's own Mock Caldecott.
- Diverse Books for Children: favorite LGBTQ books. Come share a #diversekidlit post or comment with your recommendations.
A Poem for Peter: the story of Ezra Jack Keats and the creation of The Snowy Day (2016) by Andrea Davis Pickney and illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson. This biography of Ezra Jack Keats is told in heartwarming poetry, focused around events in the authors life and how they led him to the creation of the character of Peter, who first appeared in the now-classic (and Caldecott-winning) The Snowy Day. At 60 pages, this makes for a lengthy picture book, even told in poetry, and I question whether it would work well as a read aloud for younger readers and their shorter attention spans. But for those willing to put in the time, it is an inspiring story about the need to speak up for others and ensure that all children can find themselves represented in the pages of books.
The Promise by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Laura Carlin. I read this book aloud on Wednesday to my seventh graders. I liked the message about how small acts by individuals can turn hard, cold places (and hard, cold people) into warm, inviting, and caring spaces.
Gracefully Grayson (2014) by Ami Polonsky. Grayson has always hidden his interests: bright colored pens, drawings of princesses, but a new friend and a supportive teacher help him to realize how to be true to himself and to share with his school and family the girl she truly feels herself to be. This book does a good job of highlighting the many challenges facing transgender children, both internal and external, as well as helpful and unhelpful ways to respond and support them. Definitely one I will be adding to the latest Diverse Books for Children: favorite LGBTQ books.
Finally, as many of you may know, my students are also bloggers! This is my third year with student blogging (though my first with middle schoolers), and while my students' blogs are not public, I do sometimes share their words publicly on The Logonauts. (My #3rdfor3rd series is book reviews written by my third graders). I recently wrote a guest post for a colleague's blog entitled Blogging with Students - maybe it will inspire you to get your own kiddos blogging!