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
- Top 5 ... Book review posts of the year. Sharing my most-read book review and roundup posts from this year.
- Top 5 ... Book Club posts of the year. A roundup of my top posts about great books for book clubs and book discussions.
- Top 5 ... book recommendation posts of the year. Sharing the 5 most-viewed book reviews written by my third graders.
- Diverse Books for Children: favorite holidays books. This linkup is running through all of December, and the theme is favorite holiday books.
Year in Review
Finally put together the stats from my reading from 2016.
- Total books read (not including picture books): 117
- Books written by an author of color: 34
- Books with a main character of color: 44
- Books with an LGBTQ main character: 9
- Books with a main character with a disability or terminal illness: 9
- Nonfiction or professional development: 7
- Total Logonauts blog posts written: 189
Du Iz Tak? (2016) by Carson Ellis is a fascinating concept book (a group of bugs communicate with their own unique language). The illustrations evolve along with your understanding of what they are saying, reaching a satisfying conclusion. As for Caldecott potential (Mock Caldecott final ballot), however, I'm not sure.
The Three Lucys (2016) by Hayan Charara and illustrated by Sara Kahn [a Lee & Low New Voices Honor book]. This story begins as a story about a young boy who lives in Lebanon with his three cats (each named Lucy), but it evolves into a story about the impact of war, inspired by the "July War" of 2006 between Israel and Lebanon (as explained in the author's note). It is a gentle book for exploring this difficult topic with younger children.
Making Friends with Billy Wong (2016) by Augusta Scattergood. Most books set during the Civil Rights Era focus on discrimination against African-Americans, but in this story, Azalea is shocked to discover there is a "Chinese" boy living near her grandmother's house, where she has been dumped for the summer. Billy's perspective is told through interspersed poetry, and he worries about friendship and starting at the white school in the fall. This is a very gentle introduction to racism geared towards the younger end of middle grade readers. (I received a copy of this book from Scholastic as a reviewer for Multicultural Children's Book Day on Jan. 27th. All thoughts are my own.)