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 using the hashtag #IMWAYR on Twitter.
This last week was definitely not the most productive week of reading, but it was filled with Seattle-area summertime fun, including a marvelous camping trip in the North Cascades with several other families. We’re into the home stretch of summer break with school just over two weeks away, but there is still lots of time left for reading.
FYI–today is the last day to enter my give-away for two darling picture books great for preschool-early primary grades. I draw a winner today at 3 pm PT: Review and entry form
Book-A-Day Challenge: 72 books
Read to date: 60 books
Days into the challenge: 56 days
Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
Picture books I really enjoyed last week . . .
A cute book about a frog who finds a beautiful but silent bird, whom he is certain is lost. With the help of other animal friends along the way, he helps the bird find his true home, and his voice. With rather similar plot lines, I prefer this one to When Blue Met Egg that I read last week. I love Stead’s loose, sketchy illustrations. Recommend for grades 1-4. (2012)
Beautifully illustrated this is a nice story about love for a book. A book once adored, becomes abandoned at the library before it is found once again by a girl who loves it dearly. I love the role of the library in the story. Recommend for grades K-3. (2012)
Other picture books I read:
Cute, but I’m a bigger fan of Schmid’s other books. (2012)
Primary aged kids will love Bliss’s funny, funny illustrations. (2011)
Funny books for the middle grades:
I thought this was a fun book, though I sense kids will either like it or they won’t. It is a smart and funny and often sarcastic book, courtesy of a highly involved narrator. My youngest daughter, who is 8, thought this was a riot and loved to share parts of this mildly outrageous plot. My older daughter, 10, didn’t like it, and walked away. I, myself, tired of the narrator a bit by the end, but I can see how many kids who like that style of humor will love it. The book uses extensive illustrations and that really add to the story-telling. I think selling this in the classroom with a book talk that includes the book trailer and perhaps snippets of text would give kids a good idea of what to expect from this. Recommend for snarky humor lovers in grades 3-7.
I finished this as an audio book with my family over the course of a couple of long car drives and it was great fun. Like with any short story collection, some stories were stronger than others, but overall it is a terrific collection. I know they are edited to appeal to boys, which is fantastic, but my two daughters and I loved it, as did my husband. Terrifically narrated by a handful of outstanding readers including Bronson Pinchot. Recommend for older kids in grade 3, or 4th grade and up. (2010)