Monday, September 12, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 09/12/16

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

Picture Books

A Morning with Grandpa (2016) by Silvia Liu and illustrated by Christina Forshay [a New Voices Award winner]. I had heard a lot of great things about this book and was eager to get my hands on a copy. In the first half of the story, Gong Gong (grandfather) teaches young Mei Mei about tai chi, and in the second half, she teaches him about yoga. The illustrations, combined with the details in the back, help readers try out both for themselves. There are some cute contrasts between the two, as well as solid grandparent-grandchild moments, but I felt like the story itself left the reader hanging. Another to add to my text set of books featuring diverse grandparents.

A Gift of Gracias: the legend of Altagracia (2005) by Julia Alvarez and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. This story from the Dominican Republic tells of how a young girl received a vision from Our Lady of Thanks (Nuestra SeƱora de la Atlagracia) that inspires her family to plant an orange grove. The author's note at the end provides more context for the story and the chapel to her that is still visited and venerated today.

Happy Reading!


  1. Both of these are new to me. Thanks for putting them on my radar. Here is what my week was like. Happy reading!

  2. Both of these look like good books. Thanks for sharing them!

  3. I hadn't heard of A Gift of Gracias before, it sounds fascinating. I went to Catholic school, so our classes were filled with stories of young girls and visions, but this one is new to me.

  4. I am into books that pair up older and younger generations these days (I'm hoping for grandchildren some day) so thanks for the heads up about A Morning with Grandpa.

  5. Thanks for telling us about A Gift for Gracias. We love finding books where the author's note adds layers of meaning to the text. We will add this one to our collection.

  6. A Gift of Gracias is not available in our library :( - it's also not available at book depository. Boo hoo. Will look into ordering A Morning with grandpa - looks like a good book to pair with Hot hot roti for dada-ji.


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