Thanks to Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts for hosting the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA”. Check out Jen and Kellee’s site to join in, or see what other’s are reading through their posted links.
This week I started my 2012 Book-A-Day Challenge. Read my post on what this challenge is all about and see the 10 books I’m most looking forward to reading this summer. Since my volumes of reading are higher, I won’t be listing all that I read, just some highlights (or maybe low-lights!) of my reading week. You can follow all of my Book-A-Day reading on my Goodreads Book-A-Day shelf, or you’ll find me using the Twitter hashtag #bookaday.
Book-A-Day Challenge: 72 books
Read to date: 9 books
Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
A clever book that had me smiling at the end. A great book about moving and school changes. I’d recommend for 2nd grade and up. (2011/Schwartz & Wade Books)
It lacked the emotional punch of some of her biographical books, but still a sweet story. I loved that this was a grandparent/grandchild relationship. As always, I’m mesmerized by Polacco’s illustrations. . . The colors, the textures. Beautiful. (2011/G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
For older readers in grade school and middle school. Sophisticated. Beautifully illustrated. A perfect book to show someone who isn’t convinced graphic novels can be complex in plot and inferences. (2006/Arthur A. Levine Books)
Young Adult novels
Heartbreaking but leaves you feeling hopeful. Knowles is masterful with conveying 12-year old Fern’s emotional firestorm that includes deep sadness, guilt, anger, and ferocious loyalty to family. I’d recommend for mature middle schoolers on up
Finished! Our family read-aloud
We finally finished our whole family read-aloud. It’s been out for months now and is well regarded by the teachers and librarians I follow on Twitter. Many feel this is one of the most important books to come out for children in years. It packs a powerful punch on bullying and the true meaning of friendship and kindness. The delivery of the messages is not heavy handed though, and the varied perspectives of different characters give huge insight into the emotions and motivations of all the players involved in the story. It had an 8 year-old, a 10 year-old, and two forty-somethings clapping at the end. If I could encourage adults to read one book with the kids in their life this year, be it with your own family or students in a classroom, I’d recommend this one. The ideas of this book have inspired the Choose Kind Campaign to encourage people to speak out on bullying and promote kindness. My favorite line from the book is, “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Would recommend as a read-aloud for 3rd grade and up, or a read alone for 4th graders and up. The discussions it generated in our family are tremendous.
One for the Newbery Challenge
1932 Newbery Medal. Some from the 1920s are worse, and it really wasn’t awful. I just can’t think who I’d recommend it to today.
Ongoing Reading Adventures:
Continuing this book:
Middle-grade chapter book. A funny, tongue-in-cheek tale of the Prince Charmings of famous fairytales. Those guys aren’t as glamorous as you’d think. Enjoying this one a lot.
Next in line:
Hmm . . . I’m having a hard time picking. Any recommendations? I’ve got huge stacks of books to read at home including The Mighty Miss Malone, The Friendship Doll, Wonderstruck.
What are you reading? Have a great reading week!