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
- Great Gift Books: 2016 edition. Themed for all kinds of readers: the author, the inventor, the traveler, and more!
- Mock Newbery Contenders: 2016, part 1: fantasy. This first in a series of three posts introduces some of my favorite fantasy books published this year that will be included in our school's Mock Newbery.
- Diverse Books for Children: favorite holidays books. This linkup is running through all of December, and the theme is favorite holiday books.
Somos como las nubes / We are Like the Clouds (2016) by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. This collection of bilingual poetry shares powerful insights into the decisions and journeys behind Central American immigration to the US. This is not a single narrative but rather a collection of individual voices. The realistic illustrations and difficult moments depicted make this a powerful picture book for older readers. It is definitely one I will be using with my middle schoolers.
Falling into the Dragon's Mouth (2016) by Holly Thompson. The novel-in-verse format makes for a quick read of this story told from the perspective of a bullied American middle schooler in Japan. The author (herself an American living in Japan) clearly wishes to highlight some potential issues with the Japanese school system, and I would be curious about Japanese reactions to this book. For me, the resolution of the story seemed far too quick and tidy.