Weekly, the folks at Teach Mentor Texts, Jen and Kellee, host the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA” It’s a chance to recap what I’ve read in the last week and a peek at what I’ll be reading in the week ahead. Check out Jen and Kellee’s site to join in or see the links of other reader/bloggers to find out where their reading adventures have taken them. Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
From Last Week:
Some Great Wordless Picture Books . . .
Some Great Picture Books from Last Week . . .
I love Frankie! Frankie Pickle is a series that is a great hybrid of graphic novel and easier chapter books. I think the illustrations, funny story line, and shorter “consumable” length will be a huge hit with reluctant readers, as well as humor lovers grades 2-4. (Simon & Schuster, 2009)
Middle Grade Chapter Books
This is a lovely fantasy that will appeal to fans of the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. Usually, I’m not drawn to fantasy, but much of the book is spent talking about the very real problems fifth-grader, Hazel, is having with school, friends, and family. I’d recommend it to fantasy fans grades 4-7, or even those, who like me, aren’t so sure about fantasy books. I think you’ll like this one! (Walden Pond Press, 2011)
Upcoming Reading Adventures:
Continuing these chapter books . . .
This is a whole family read aloud. Chapters are shorter and have the girls asking for more each time we’ve read it. Check out the author reading an early chapter from Wonder. You can get a sense of the humor that infuses the issues in this book.
Will be starting these chapter books . . .
Historical fiction infused fantasy. A recommendation from Anita Silvey at Children’s Book-A-Day Alamanac
A recommendation from my second grader: “Oooh, that’s good. Really good.”