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 back after a couple of crazy-busy weeks of school wind-down activities and visiting relatives. While I didn’t get a ton of reading in, I did start to make some plans for my Book-A-Day plan for the summer break. I love the semi-unstructured time of my kids’ break from school and try to get in as much reading as I can. If you aren’t familiar with Book-A-Day, check out my post from last summer, and follow along at Twitter, using the hashtag #bookaday. Maybe you’ll even consider joining in?!? And, YES!, picture books count! Here are just a few of the books in my to-read pile that I’m hoping to get to this summer . . . ambitious!
Book-A-Day Goal: 75
Books read to date: 8
Click the book covers to go to Goodreads for the full summaries . . .
My three favorite picture books:
This was probably not quite as funny for me as Brown’s Darth Vader and Son, but it still had tons of laughs for Star Wars fans. (2013)
Clink, an older model robot, thinks he will never find a home. Patience and show tunes will change all that, though! Pretty darn cute. I’d recommend for grades K-5. (2011)
I haven’t read all Jeffers books, but this is by far my favorite. Lovely, lovely! A boy meets a sad penguin and wants to help. The journey they take is quite the bonding adventure and it becomes a lovely tale of friendship. I can’t help but think of another sweet penguin, from Yoon’s Penguin books. Recommend for grades K-5. (2005)
Finished these novels. . .
I finished this 1944 Newbery Medal winner, which was actually a re-read for me from long ago with my eighth grade teacher, Mr. Bromley. I recall enjoying it then, as I was fascinated with American history, and I enjoyed it a lot this time as well. Forbes provides historic details and creates good tension along the way. I’d urge readers today to dig this one out, though sufficient background knowledge of the Revolutionary War will definitely be needed. I found myself even having to brush up on the details of the Boston Tea Party.
This was a long time going as a read aloud, but not because of the story’s quality! So intricate and exciting, it had my third grader on the edge of her seat at every chapter. Sage, a young orphan is swept up into an elaborate plot to falsely present Carthya’s long-lost prince. Nielsen’s characters are complex and often flawed and she throws them into a suspenseful and politically charged plot, which makes for a great read aloud. I could see where the “big” plot line was heading, but it was great to hear my daughter speculate about oddities in the story as she drew her own conclusions. We are very much looking forward to book 2, The Runaway King, but decided we are going to wait so that we don’t have a huge long time before the concluding book, The Shadow Throne, in the series arrives in the spring of 2014. I’d recommend this one for independent readers grades 5-9, or third grade and up as a read aloud. (2012)
These graphic novels . . .
I absolutely loved this! The graphic novel format was a great way to share the biographical, food-centric stories of the author’s life. Great illustrations and even a few recipes thrown in, too. I would totally recommend this to older fans of Raina Teglemeier’s Smile, who enjoy food and cooking. Recommend for grades 6 and up, foodie adults will appreciate this one, too! (2013)
Teen Boat is a graphic novel told in interconnected chapters. I found it far-fetched, but fun, and I can see its appeal to kids middle school and up, with its familiar teen themes of fitting in, working, dating, and learning to drive. The scenes when TB learns to drive are great. Don’t miss the explanation on how the book was created. (2012)
Currently reading or re-reading . . .
For those of you familiar with my reading tastes, this is HUGE stretch for me, but I am trying to read more young adult and dystopian or post-apocalyptic. This certainly has me covered, and I am intrigued by what I’ve read so far.
A re-read of an all time favorite. You know that question of if you could bring only one book with you out of your burning home? I’d bring this. We have a very old cat (20 years old, and counting), and my daughters are already dreaming quietly of his replacement, which they insist will be two kittens. Names are already circulating. Poor Barnes, but he’s deaf and can’t hear! My votes for names? Atticus and Finch.
Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!