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”.
I’m rolling off (Mostly) Screen Free Week, so this is a summary of reading over the last two weeks. Some great titles and some ho-hums, but overall it was great to carve out a few extra minutes here and there to read.
Click the book covers to go to Goodreads for the full summaries.
My Favorite Picture Books of the last two weeks . . .
I just adore Bear and his friends, and this title from the series is no exception. I love how they selfless care for each other. Yet another title from Wilson/ Chapman with great rhyming text and warm, gentle illustrations. Recommend for preschool – grade 2. (2007)
Hysterical–might be my favorite Scaredy yet. Campers will definitely love this one. Recommend for preschool – third grade. (2013)
I was looking for another Viva book when I found this one instead. The graphic art style caught my eye, so I looked inside the cover to read about how the art was created. It was originally created via computer as one continuous 35′ long piece of paper. Wouldn’t that be cool to see? Sparse words, but enjoyable to pour over slowly. Recommend for grades K-5. (2011)
Other Picture Books I read . . .
Plus . . . finished a slug of books from 1957 and 1958 for The Caldecott Challenge. Look for a post soon on these titles.
Finished for a Read Aloud . . .
After I read this by myself, I suspected it would make a fabulous read aloud with all the mysterious clues that are slowly revealed to the reader. Indeed I was correct, my kids begged me to read this on many an occasion. The cries of disbelief from both my girls (third and fifth graders), at certain plotline revelations were awesome. I can imagine it’d be just as fun in a larger group setting as a read aloud. Recommend for grades 4-7 alone, or grades 3-6 as a read aloud. (2013)
Finished Non-fiction Chapter Book:
Interesting narrative, non-fiction account of the gang of criminals who attempted to steal the President’s body in exchange for ransom. Sheinkin has this genre figured out. Recommend for grades 4-8. (2013)
Finished Middle Grade Fiction
Lovely, just lovely, and easily one of my favorite books that I’ve read thus far in 2013. Fans of Linda Urban’s Hound Dog True must pick this one up. Sugar is one powerful character, who endures slowly and bravely through the most challenging of circumstances. Often heart-breaking, but Sugar’s tenacious attitude gives you hope. I wish ever child facing homelessness and parental issues had the positive people that surround and lift Sugar up. Recommend for grades 4-7. (2012)
Timmy is an over-confident kid detective with little to no detective skills. His oversights and omissions are painfully and amusingly clear to the reader. With lots of illustrations and a fast pace, this will surely appeal to fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and the Big Nate series. This is the first title in the series. Recommend for grades 3-6. (2013)
I found the 1943 Newbery Medal winner set in the middle ages much more enjoyable than I had anticipated . . . Still not sure I’d hand it off to a kid today, though. (1942)
Continuing to listen to . . .
I’m not alone, but I love Tina.
Will finish . . .
A memoir from the author of one of my favorite blogs, Tea & Cookies. Goodreads reviews are a bit harsh, but I’m enjoying it so far.
Next up . . .
So, so excited to start this one! Described by many as just good, classic storytelling.
Deciding between these two titles. Votes?
Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!