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.
My Reading Adventures from the past week . . .
Picture Books worth checking out:
Some classic Suess rhyming delight (from 1940!!!), and a couple of giggle inducers for grades K-3.
A picture book I’d like to own:
I’m just now getting to this book, which was on the favorites list of 2011 books for lots of folks in the Nerdy Book Club. Mazee’s illustrations as always, capture even the most subtle of children’s expressions, like anxiousness, beautifully. And Mary Lyn Ray’s text talks of our dreamy love of stars. A perfect writer-illustrator match. I’ve already re-read it three times. The book is designed to be taller and skinnier than most picture books, which works great for the big, star-filled pages. Would recommend for preschool – grade 2, though I bet some older kids might enjoy taking a peak, too! (Beach Lane Books, 2012)
Middle Grade Chapter Books
Newbery Medal 1928. I must confess, I liked Gay-Neck better than I thought I would, though I’m not sure it’s compelling children’s literature by today’s standards. Imagine a pigeon in 1910s India. He is born, lost, and injured more than once. The writing was actually quite “readable”, and I found many of the detailed descriptions of the Himalayas and jungles of India rather lovely. The most interesting part for me was when Gay-Neck becomes a carrier pigeon for the British Indian Army in World War One. This book must still have high appeal in the Indian community today as my library system, which serves a good number of Indian ex-pats, has over a dozen copies in circulation and my copy was nearly brand new. Long live, Gay-Neck?!
Upcoming Reading Adventures:
Continuing these chapter books . . .
Our “whole” family read aloud. Julian is bad, bad news.
The “adult” book in the reading queue. I’m not guite half-way through this and completely contrigued. It is written in such a way that I’m left a bit confused by all the elements presented so far, but dying to find out how they all fall together. Hoping to finish it this week.
Starting this middle grade novel:
With two girls in the house, who aren’t (yet) obsessed with Star Wars, this hasn’t come into my reading stack. I fix that this week though!
And maybe starting this book for the Newbery Challenge . . .
1929 Medal winner. A story set in 15th century Poland.