Thanks to Jen at Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers for hosting the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA”. Head to the It’s Monday post here to link up or see a list of the all the other readers participating in this great meme. You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #IMWAYR!
Although my book count for the week is tiny, I felt good about making some progress with a few chapter books this week. Another great camping trip meant that my reading spot for a couple of mornings was this beautiful scene. Not bad at all!
My Book-A-Day Progress:
Read to date: 48
Head to my 2013 Book-A-Day shelf to see all the titles I’ve read so far this summer!
Click the book covers to go to Goodreads for the full summaries . . .
Titles I read this week . . .
This will be a sure-fire hit as a read aloud. Crankee and his horse, Pony have a hilarious exchange through bubble speech using the Yankee Doodle song as a jumping off point. Angleberger and Bell need to keep this collaboration thing going! A great choice for grades K-3, though all ages familiar with the song will probably get a giggle out of this picture book. (2013/Clarion Books)
Paperboy is a quietly powerful book. You are drawn into the protagonist’s world as a boy, with a significant stutter coming of age in Memphis in 1959. The story unfolds as a manuscript/memoir of sorts typed by the boy, a gifted baseball player, as he shares his experiences during his one-month stint as a substitute paperboy. This first hand account really allows you, as the reader, an opportunity to experience his stuttering problem from his point of view which I found fascinating. The month proves to be life changing for so many reasons. He meets a host of characters, each with stories to tell and lessons to share. He soon learns he is not alone in bearing immense personal struggles. Through his very close relationship with his nanny, Mam, we see a still racially divided Memphis and it’s system of unequal, often self-administered justice in the black community. While it’s quiet, slow building pace won’t appeal to all readers, it would make for a thought-provoking read aloud. I also found Vawter’s writing style mesmerizing and worthy of a closer like. Recommend for grades 5-8. (2013/Delacourte Books for Young Readers)
A funny read with a heap of heart. I think it’d be a great title to hand to fans of the Origami Yoda series for it’s blend of humor plus situations with friends, school, parents and siblings to which kids will relate. Kids will love Louie’s funny pointers and laugh-out-loud dictionaries. Recommend for grades 4-7. (2013/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Continuing . . .
Last week I mentioned my struggle with this title. I really appreciated hearing from other readers that have also struggled to connect with this book. I’ve heard good things about the audiobook, so I’m hoping that will come in soon at the library.
Next up . . .
Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!