Monday, January 23, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 01/23/17

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

  • Mock Caldecott ... Winners! ALA announcements are this morning (I'll be watching!). This post shares our school's best guesses about the winners of the Caldecott.
  • New Immigration Books, part 2. I decided to expand my original three-part series of books on immigration to highlight the many new, wonderful contributions. Part 2 includes more picture books and anthologies.

    Picture Books

    I Am Not a Number (2016) by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer and illustrated by Gillian Newland. This powerful new story about the Native American residential schools of Canada was inspired by the author's grandmother's experiences. Readers see through Irene's eyes as she and her brothers are taken away from their parents and sent away to a school where they are fed poorly, treated poorly, and punished for speaking their native languages. The shocking details in the author's note - especially that the last such schools were only closed down in 1996 - serves to remind readers just how recently these events happened.

    Grandfather's Story Cloth / Yawg Daim Paj Ntaub Dab Neeg (2008) by Linda Gerdner and Sarah Langford, illustrated by Stuart Loughridge. This family history story has an added twist as young narrator Chersheng becomes frustrated by his grandfather's increasing forgetfulness as his Alzheimers progresses. After discovering that the story cloth that Grandfather made helps him remember, Chersheng decides to make his own version of a story cloth about the present day.

    Middle Grade

    Still busily reading (and rereading) the finalists for the Cybils Middle Fiction category, but I have to wait to share my reviews until after the awards are announced in February. (You can read about the finalists here.)

    Happy Reading!


    1. Grandfather's Story Cloth is new to me - I really appreciate learning about older books that came out in the many years in between me being a child and then becoming a children's librarian. ;-)

    2. I am Not a Number is such an important book! Have you read When We were Alone by David Alexander Robertson?

      1. No, I haven't yet. I kept looking for it, but my library didn't have a copy ... until today, huzzah!

    3. We have got to read I am Not a Number - Sounds like such an important book. Thank you for telling us about it.


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