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 others are reading through their posted links. You can also find posts from folks using the hashtag #IMWAYR on Twitter.
Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
Even if your students or kids are beyond “easy readers”, Mo Willem’s Elephant and Piggie books are so much fun to read. We Are in a Book! is easily my favorite of the series that I have read. I dare you to read it without laughing. So, so, funny! (2008 and 2010)
The follow-up to the funny Chicken Dance had me giggling. Dan Santat’s detailed and humorous pictures, particularly in the background on many pages, are hysterical. Best line and illustration: “The chickens crossed the road.” Younger grade school kids will like this one. (2012)
Beautifully illustrated. Spencer is a boy with many talents and strengths. He’s as strong as a bear and as messy as a pig. But what will he be like with the new baby arrives? Can he be quiet and gentle? I like that this book celebrates all the great things about the first child; would make for a great gift to a new brother (or sister). (2012)
More fun with Babymouse . . .
Babymouse’s take on Valentine’s Day. Funny. Great for third and up. (2006)
Biography for older grade school kids . . .
This is a well done biographical graphic novel well suited for grades 4 and up. The primary focus is on the life of Annie Sullivan and her own experiences as a child and young woman. There are shifts in time between her youth and time with Helen that can be subtle and require some focus on the part of the reader to catch. I like how the author incorporated pieces of her diary and letters in to the story. The notes section at the back is excellent and gives some additional background info that actually might be good to read before starting the story. (2012)
Finished for The Newbery Challenge:
1936 Newbery Medal. This was a re-read from childhood and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Though it has dated references to Native Americans and the role of women, it does seem reflective of the time and a good launching point for discussion with today’s readers about context and correctness. Not heavy on a plot, it reminded me in many ways of the storytelling-style of the Little House books and I think kids who enjoy those books will enjoy spunky Caddie, too. Having read many of the Little House books with my girls in the last five years, Ryrie Brink is a much stronger writer, in my opinion. While I loved the tales themselves, sometimes Ingalls Wilder’s writing seemed awkward and some descriptions I found to be poorly executed. Coincidently, Ryrie Brink was born and raised in my home town of Moscow, Idaho. The beautiful children’s reading room at our Carnegie-era public library is named in her honor. I spent many a days browsing the stacks there.
This week’s Reading Adventures:
After being 451 in the hold line at the library . . .
My “adult” read is the latest mystery in the Dublin Murder Squad series. Love Tana French books and her super complex characters. Older suspense loving teens might like her books.
Read alouds with my girls . . .
I’m reading the Benedict Society with our third grader, and while it will take forever to read at almost 500 pages, we’re enjoying it. Capture the Flag has been fun to read with our 5th grader. She hates for me to stop reading this mystery. (2007 and 2012, respectively)