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!
Hello, Universe (2017) by Erin Entrada Kelly. The solidly-middle grade offering from Erin Entrada Kelly features several main characters who bring their distinctive voices to the various chapters, as they find "fate" drawing them all together at the beginning of summer. You see where the book is going almost immediately, but I appreciated the ways she drew the characters together and her willingness to not just jump to the easiest conclusions.
Matylda, Bright and Tender (2017) by Holly M. McGhee. (A review copy of the book was provided by Candlewick. All thoughts are my own.) The jacket flap warns you that this is a book about the loss of your best friend, so even though that event doesn't happen until a ways into the book, the story is already imbued with the inevitability of the coming loss. As Sussy struggles to go on after Guy's death, she finds solutions (both positive and negative) for her grief in this gentle but difficult story.
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, paired with Monkey King by Ed Young. Before handing out American Born Chinese for our next book club read and discussion, we shared and discussed Ed Young's version of the Monkey King tales to set the stage. Knowing a little bit about Monkey as a folktale character I think will help my students to dive into the three intertwining strands of AMC, one of which focuses on an abbreviated history of the Monkey King. I am looking forward to some powerful conversations about identity, racism, and the everyday struggles of middle school.