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. For my kids, it was spring break so I had some bigger chunks of time to concentrate on chapter books, as you’ll see below.
My Reading Adventures from the past week . . .
Picture Books worth checking out:
All three of these would be great reads with preschoolers-first grade.
A picture book for older kids (and adults!):
A feast for the eyes, the illustrations are gorgeous. The text is told in an informal and narrative manner and covers the African American experience from the early slave days up to the recent election of Barack Obama. It was a perfect accompaniment to Crow, see below.
Middle Grade Chapter Books
2012 is off to a great start for new releases in middle grade fiction, and this is no exception! This is a terrific work of historical fiction set in 1898 Wilmington, North Carolina. We view this racially tense time through the eyes of Moses, the only child in a middle class black family, that includes his highly educated reporter father, his mother, who was born into slavery, and his wise Granny Boo who was a much abused house slave. The suspense of the story is gripping and makes for a great vehicle to learn about life in the Jim Crow era. The harsh realities of lynching and sexual violence, are referenced, though not in detail, so I think sharing this book with some background context would be necessary. I’d recommend for 5th-9th grade. (Random House, 2012)
Upcoming Reading Adventures:
Continuing these chapter books . . .
We’re on the slow train to finishing this as a whole family read-aloud, but we are enjoying every moment with this thought provoking book.
The “adult” book currently on the bedside table. So far, interesting set up and I’m looking forward to having more time with it this week.
And starting this book . . .
1928 Newbery Medal. A pigeon. I’m guessing this won’t be as fun as Mo Willems’ Pigeon.