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 readers 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 . . .
Some great picture books:
If you’re a fan of the Pigeon, Mo Willems won’t disappoint. (Hyperion/2012)
Molly Lou Melon is quirky, spunky, and brave. Great and funny lesson on being true to yourself. So excited to learn there’s a new Molly Lou coming out this year. (Putnam/2001)
Inventive illustrations with cut-outs make this an amazing color book for younger kids, but adults should take a look, too. Worthy of a re-read as you’ll want to look at all the clever details again. On many award watcher’s short list for the 2013 Caldecott. (Roaring Press Books/2012)
A beginning chapter book for Fancy Nancy fans:
If you’ve got a 6-9 year old looking to take a break from fairy beginning chapter books, Nancy saves the day. All the things to love from the easy-reader books including great vocabulary and lots of pictures. (HarperCollins/2012)
From a favorite graphic novel series:
Do you know Babymouse? If not, check her out. I read five Babymouse books this week, and Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon and Babymouse: The Musical were my favorites. Witty, great vocabulary. And boys should check out the series, even if it is pink. Great for grade 2 and up. (Random House/2010 and 2009)
Two outstanding biographical picture books for children:
Celebrate Girls! The story of the role-busting, tenacious Daisy Gordon Low’s founding of the Girl Scouts is terrific, even if you or your kids aren’t scouts. Great for Kindergarten and up. (Scholastic/2012)
A terrific autobiography on the teenage years of the great illustrator/writer, Allen Say, as he follows his dream to become an illustrator in Japan. Longer format is probably better suited for grades 4 and up. (Scholastic/2011)
Finished this for the Newbery Challenge:
1929 Medal winner. A story set in 15th century Krakow, Poland. It took a long time for me to get into this, but it greatly exceed my expectations. Look for my recap of the 1920 Newbery Medal books soon.
Upcoming Reading Adventures:
Continuing these chapter books . . .
Our “whole” family read aloud. I really love the honest reflections we hear during Via’s part in the book.
This hold came in from the library:
Young adult book. Post high school, reflective road trip with two best friends. Great characters so far.
Another stack of Caldecott books: