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.
On a recent trip to the library, I brought my Fuse 8’s, Top 100 picture book list with me and found a bunch of titles that I hadn’t read, or didn’t remember reading. Here are some highlights from that pile.
Both of these titles go into the “HOW DID I NEVER READ THESE BEFORE?” pile. A “new” classic and an old classic. (2004 and 1945)
A boy’s wonderful imagination has his beloved action figure take some exciting adventures. Told in several panels on each page, this book would be great to demonstrate how we read comics and graphic novels. I know a few nephews who might like this one. (2005)
Other picture books:
This title jumped out at me from the New Picture Book shelf at the library with it’s super eye-catching cover. I liked the illustrations, and enjoyed the flip of focusing on the Dead’s perspective on the Day of the Dead celebrations. Kids familiar with the celebration might enjoy this one, though I found the story and dialogue, in particular, really awkward. In a quick Twitter council, I conferred with Alyson Beecher, who is much more knowledgeable on Latino literature and culture. She too agreed it was a great idea that just didn’t execute well. (2012)
Middle Grade Mystery
If my 11 year-old’s reaction to this is any indicator, kids third grade and up are going to love this one. Lots of fun and action wrapped up in the mysterious disappearance of the original “Star Spangled Banner” from the Smithsonian. Many chapters end in suspenseful cliff-hangers which make this one great as a read aloud. My daughter would scream in protest when I tried to stop reading this one aloud at the end of the day. (2012)
This week’s Reading Adventures:
Continuing . . .
. . . My adult mystery from Tana French and TMBS (still!) as a read-aloud with my youngest. I also just started Splendor and Glooms (2012) which so far is sucking me in with it’s dark and spooky characters. I have no idea how the two story lines are going to merge, but I can’t wait read how it all comes together. The darker, more sinister mood for this one definitely strikes me as best suited for upper grade school and middle schoolers.
This 1935 Newbery should be next, but how can I read that when, these far more intriguing books are in the book bag:
Described as Harry Potter with political intrigue. (2012)
A graphic novel that is a fantasy adventure geared towards older grade school and middle schoolers. The artwork looks amazing. (2012)