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
- #diversekidlit: Changing Seasons. Come celebrate books about spring (or fall, hemisphere-dependent) for this month's Diverse Children's Book Linkup!
Piecing Me Together (2017) by Renée Watson. Jade wants to understand who she is and where she fits. Between her neighborhood, her wealthy white-majority private school, and her disconnect from her mentor, Jade is frustrated. (Even though Jade is high school student, this one stays much closer to middle grade territory than my next review.)
Every teacher of diverse children (i.e. all teachers) should read this book. It is filled with honest insights that will have you checking yourself, your assumptions, and the language you use with students and families. I am hoping to do a book club discussion of this book with some of my fellow teachers, so we can think about how best to support all of our students in being able to be their whole selves.
The Hate U Give (2017) by Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give covers some of the same issues as Piecing Me Together (the mismatch between living in a poor, majority-black neighborhood while attending the wealthy white-majority school, figuring out how to be your authentic self, and more) and throws a strong dash of activism and a book-opening shooting of a young African-American teen by police. This book is also incredibly important and timely and should become a fixture of high school classes.
(P.S. For the curious, yes, I also have started American Street this week, but the strong language immediately turned me off on recommending it to my seventh graders. Our librarian finished it and didn't feel like the character or story was as well-developed, so that one might move to my 'abandoned' list.)