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.
Reading continues to occur, but at a sloth-like rate at our house. I didn’t finish any novels this week, though I made great progress at the expense of sleep on my adult thriller. The reading I do find time for has been enjoyable and comforting–hooray for trusted, reliable authors and good recommendations!
Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
In a word, lovely. And very deserving of its Caldecott Honor in 1998. Everything I love about picture books is captured here. I love a picture book with a quiet tone that just makes your heart swell by the end. The illustrations help to tell the story that is also shared through the letters of young Lydia Grace as she prepares for and ultimately arrives at her Uncle’s bakery to live and help him during the Great Depression. Lydia Grace aims to bring a bit of joy to her world, and she succeeds with patience and love. David Small’s illustrations have warm sepia tone which are a nod to days gone by, but often an element or two are highlighted and set apart which draws your eye to them. Stewart and Small are a magical team. (1997)
This one is great fun to read, and Pete’s message of just “roll with it” is great to hear. Sing along to your own tune, or find the free download of it. (2010)
I love the hapless Tacky and was happy to see this one perched on top of one of the stacks in the library. Like in the other Tacky books, Tacky does a camping trip in his own style, and ultimately even uses his chaotic approach to things to save the day. (2009)
This week’s Reading Adventures:
Finish . . .
Read several chapters of this with Small . . .
Continue this Newbery . . .
Next up . . .
From Seattle author, Kim Baker. She describes Pickle in her interview at Watch. Connect. Read. with Mr. Schu as “The Fight Club meets Frindle“. She had me at the opening lines. What kid is not going to go crazy to hear more after this?Can I trust you? I mean, to tell you this story I need to know that you can keep a couple of secrets. I’m already in a whole lot of trouble, and it’s not just me. But I want to tell you everything that happened. Everything.