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”.
A good week of reading for me and this week will start off great because illustrator and author Matt Holm is doing an assembly at my kids’ school today that will include my youngest daughter’s class! Guess which adult in the room will be wearing Babymouse ears in the back? As you can tell, my youngest is huge fan. So after this quick post, I’m off to help the kids make a Welcome sign for Matt! I’m thrilled I was able to share several Babymouse and Squish books with her class this year as the Book Fairy!
Click the book covers to go to Goodreads for the full summaries . . .
My Three Favorite Picture Books of the Week:
This one has bold graphic art and fun word play that older students will enjoy. It takes whole sentences that are homophonic and pairs them with another sentence, as seen in the title. Some result in pretty funny artistic interpretations. Recommend for grades 1-5. (2012)
Ruzzier’s illustrations are adorable and this rhyming text make this a great read aloud choice for preschool to first grade, and a good choice for kids just starting out with reading. With its rhyming and repeated phrasing it certainly reminded me of Dr. Suess’s Green Eggs and Ham. (2013)
Cute illustrations! Mr. Bud, the dog, has a nice life and routine until the new dog, Zorro, moves in. They both need to adapt to each other with some give and take, but find things are a lot more fun with a friend. Would be great as a read aloud to draw connections to how we are this way as people. Younger kids will be drawn to this one, but older kids will love the illustrations and benefit from the message. Recommend for K-5. (2011)
Finished these GREAT middle grade novels . . .
This was a great book that tween girls are going to love. Readers will relate well to the friendship struggles that Genie is experiencing as well as the puberty issues and discussions that come up. The only reservations I have are about the issues of body weight and image that are very prevalent for a couple of the characters. While I’m happy the main character shrugs them off, I worry what impressionable readers might think. My own fifth grader rarely talks about those things right now and I wonder if after reading this book she might wonder, “Should I be thinking or worrying about that stuff the way Blair and Sarah do?” I’m happy Genie is comfortable in the story, but wonder if her healthy perspective is enough to balance out the loudly voiced negatives. As a parent I’m surely going to circle up after she reads this to get her thoughts. GREAT choice for 5th – 6th graders, and 4th graders if they’re ready for the puberty references. (2013)
Folks, you’re going to want to read this one! Yes, the cover of this book suggests this book will be about a spooky china doll, but look closer at the top and you see the three kids in a sail boat. This book has a whole lot of epic journey and adventure, as the kids try to solve the mystery of the doll’s rightful place. It is really, really great. Confession, I haven’t read the Spiderwick Chronicles, for which she is a co-creator, but her writing her is terrific and I found the characters authentically voiced. Asked if scary, I describe it as having some hair-raising tension, but nothing too terrifying. I loved the relationship between twelve-year olds, Zach, Poppy, and Alice as they straddle the line between their time of imaginative childhood and more adult-like teen years. This would be a great pick for readers 4th-8th grade. I was lucky enough to win a signed copy from Laura at Lib Laura 5. Lucky, lucky me. (2013)
Continuing . . .
I’m just a few chapters into this young adult romance set in the 1980s, but looking forward to it as the reviews have been pretty awesome. I was exactly their age at the time the book is set, and I love all the pop culture references. (2013)
And then I move on to this one . . .
For my Newbery Challenge, the winner of the 1944 Medal.
Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!