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 see what other’s are reading through their posted links. You can also find posts from folks on Twitter using the hashtag #IMWAYR
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, as we were on a “mini-vacation” to Ketchikan, Alaska for a few days last week. The weather, as we were warned, was indeed chilly and rainy, but absolutely perfect for reading! The cabin we rented had a stuffed chair with a lovely view of the bald eagles who nested and soared right outside the cabin. Below are some of my highlights from the last few weeks.
Be sure to stop by tomorrow, if you have a pint-sized fashionista in your life, when I review and do a giveaway for a couple of picture books that are perfect for the back-to-school days on hand.
Book-A-Day Challenge: 72 books
Read to date: 52 books
Days into the challenge: 49 days
Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
A lovely book about the love of books, both the reading of and caring for them. The story is very true to the animated short film if you saw that first. Beautiful illustrations will appeal to even very young readers, but the message will probably be best appreciated by older readers and adults. I confess, the tears well up at the end of this one. (2012/Atheneum Books)
Pete the Cat truly rocks it. I can see why this book and the other Pete books are so wildly popular at story times in classrooms and libraries. You can find your own tune, or look for the free song download. In addition to just being plain fun, it has a great message about just rolling along when the bad stuff happens. Highly recommend it for preschool-third grade.(2012/HarperCollins)
Beautiful illustrations accompany a sweet tale of a girl’s quest to talk to the moon along with her forest friends. The artwork is impressively painted on plywood and will have you lingering over each page. Recommend for grades K-3 (2012/Little Brown Books)
Middle Grade Novels
This book has been adored by many fellow readers on Twitter and Goodreads and I can see why. Carley is removed from an abusive situation and placed into foster care with the Murphy family. She slowly learns to trust others and sees what a healthy family-life looks like. This will have you pulling on your heart-strings. I don’t have any personal first hand knowledge of foster-care, but Lynda Mullaly Hunt gives a beautiful voice to the children and families involved. I’d recommend for 4th-8th grade.
I finished the second and third books in this great series that is a hybrid of easier, but not beginner, chapter books and graphic novels. Frankie’s adventuresome spirit and wild imagination make for great reading. Boys will certainly be drawn to them, but my third grade daughter is a huge Frankie fan as well. Recommend for grades 2-4. (2010 and 2011/Simon and Schuster)
I finished this 1934 Newbery winner for my Newbery Challenge. When I left for vacation, the copy of the 1933 winner, Young Fu (see below), was checked out from my library, so I decided to skip ahead a year in my challenge reading. This was a lovely biography about Louisa May Alcott which provides lots of info on her intriguing upbringing and writing career. I imagine for most kids today this would only be appealing to the most ardent of Alcott fans. Adult fans, however, will find this delightfully readable. (Originally published 1933/Little Brown)
On the advice of Jen, one of our hosts for this meme, I set this aside for our Alaska trip, and it indeed made for a fun, light vacation read. Thanks, Jen! Written by two screen writers, this had a bit of a Ferris Bueller meets The Hangover mashup feel to it as a group of teens ends up on an outrageous road trip to Mexico. Lots of teen drinking, so pass judgement as you will, but light and entertaining for high school readers. (2012/Hyperion)
Ongoing Reading Adventures:
I’m enjoying this funny, snarky, and quirky story for middle grade readers.
Next in line . . .
For the Newberry Challenge, 1933 Medal winner. This is truly in my library bag in the living room. No excuses . . . getting to it this week.
And when I finish that, I’ve got some other great books to choose from!
What are you reading? Have a great reading week!