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 look 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 . . .
With three of my nephews being five and under, I’m always looking for books that might appeal to them. Brief words and funny twists on animal sounds make this a winner. Published in 1999, I somehow missed reading it with my girls. (Michael di Capua Books/1999)
Some terrific 2012 picture book releases:
This fun book will most certainly be an instant hit with older siblings. Davy is a big brother to 12 sheep who mimic his every move, and he wishes their adoration would go away. Great message, and who knew sheep could be so expressively drawn! (Feiwel and Friends/2012)
A fun spin on the three little pigs. Cute illustrations with cut outs and minimal but effective text. Probably best appreciated by those familiar with the original story so that they get the twist. Grades 2 and up. (Abrams Appleseed/2012)
Lovely book with a beautiful, compact design, that just fits nicely with the story. I love the collage in combination with illustrations. The story itself reminds me of The Story of Ferdinand, as Kali is expected to be a fierce hunter, but instead has astounding talents as a musician. (Schwartz & Wade Books/2012)
Some books from a visiting author:
At my girls’ school, I’m currently chair for PTA art enrichment programming, and this week we were able to arrange a visit to our kindergarten classrooms from Margaret Read MacDonald who is a world reknowned story teller and author of folk tale inspired books. In preparation, I picked up a couple of her books. Of these, the favorite for both me and my youngest was The Squeaky Door. I loved how she first told the stories, often in an interactive style, and then shared the illustrator’s images with the kids afterwards. (First two are HarperCollins/2006 and 1998, last one Albert Whitman & Company/2006)
Finished this stack for the Caldecott Challenge:
I’ll be sharing my thoughts on this stack later in the week!
A young adult novel:
I enjoyed this one a lot. The characters all seemed very real as they walked that fine, post-high school line between wanting it all to stay the same and the urge to reinvent yourself.
Upcoming Reading Adventures:
Continuing this family read aloud . . .
We’re now hearing from Jack and we’re very curious as to how he’ll explain himself.
This Newbery Challenge book awaits me at the library:
1930 Newbery Medal about the many adventures of a doll. Mr. Sharp and Mr. Schu say that it isn’t terrible, which is great to hear after finally surviving the 1920s Newbery books.