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
- 10 Who Stood Up and Made a Difference. My top ten list for #nf10for10.
- Talking to Elementary Students about Stereotypes. Overview of a lesson using postcards.
- Diverse Books for Children: Love. We could all use a little more LOVE in the world. Come share your love-themed posts or find some great recommendations with #diversekidlit!
Here We Go: a Poetry Friday Power Book (2017) by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. I received my copy of this book this week, read it, loved it, and already wrote a whole post about it (click here). Even better, publisher Pomelo Books has offered to donate FIVE copies of the book for me to distribute to readers! Good luck!
When Marian Sang (2002) by Pam Muñoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick [a Caldecott Honor book]. I knew the story of singer Marian Anderson performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but this picture book biography does a great job of setting the context. Plus, those incredible illustrations!
Red Bird Sings: the true story of Zitkala-Sa, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist (2011) adapted by Gina Capaldi and Q. L. Pearce and illustrated by Gina Capaldi. Fascinating biography of Zitkala-Sa, a Native American musician, teacher, and activist. Told in "updated" selections from her own writing, the book does a good job of showing the difficulties of her successful life - what it meant to leave her family and the reservation. A study that deserves to be better known.
Jingle Dancer (2000) by Cynthia Leitich Smith and illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. A modern day Native American story about a girl who longs to become a jingle dancer. I liked this gentle, repetitive story, but I wish there had been more emphasis on the work and practice to become a dancer. (The impression the book gave was that all she needed was a dress.)
Fancy Party Gowns: the story of fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe (2017) by Deborah Blumenthal and illustrated by Laura Freeman. I know nothing of fashion designers, period, but I certainly hadn't heard about Ann Cole Lowe before. An interesting look at her life and impact on the pop culture of her time.
Estas Manos; Manitas de mi familia / These Hands: My Family's Hands (2014) by Samuel Caraballo and illustrated by Shawn Costello. Love this simple poetic format, celebrating the hands of each family member. A great mentor texts for making a class book of similar poems.