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: Freedom in Congo Square. Who can pass up a wonderful picture book poem?
- Mock Caldecott, part 2. Sharing the second 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.
Freedom in Congo Square (2016) by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie. I actually wrote a whole Poetry Friday post about this poem as picture book.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009, Newbery Honor) and Starry River of the Sky (2012) by Grace Lin. I am starting to put together a Mock Newbery list for this year, and Grace Lin's newest book, When the Sea Turned to Silver (already a National Book Award Finalist), is definitely on my to-read list.
It had been a while since I'd read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and I'd never read Starry River of the Sky, so I decided I wanted to read them both before approached the third book. I'm so glad I did. Both books are fabulous, and reading them in quick succession made the many connections and hints between the two of them that much more obvious and appreciated. Amazing books!
I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Barton de Trevino [Newbery Winner]. I inherited this book set from the previous seventh grade teacher. This historical fiction tale is based on the life of Juan de Pareja, a slave of master Spanish painter Velázquez. I'm probably not going to use it with my students - it doesn't really fit the social studies curriculum (currently the exploration and conquest of North America), and it portrays an overly idealized version of slavery. (This book brings my #Nerdbery count up to 48 of the 95 winners.)
As Brave As You (2016) by Jason Reynolds. I thoroughly enjoyed this newest offering from Jason Reynolds. Brothers Ernie and Genie are dropped off at their grandparents' house for a month to give their parents time to work on their relationship. They learn interesting things about their grandparents and about each other, while trying to figure out some of the tension between their dad and his dad. I loved Genie's lists of questions and his constant (and honest) curiosity about the world around him. As Brave As You reminded me of other newer "classic-feeling" slice-of-life or summer family and friendship tales like The Penderwicks, Gone Crazy in Alabama, and Hour of the Bees. Another for the Mock Newbery list?