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!
My Book-A-Day Progress:
Read to date: 57
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 . . .
My three favorite picture books of the week . . .
Very cute, nearly wordless book that will get you smiling and looking for a dog to play with! Be sure to read the author by-line on the cover closely. This one will appeal to all ages! (2013/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Hank finds an egg while walking in the forest and he works diligently to return it to its nest. A wordless book whose story is told through photographs that will remind you of stop animation. Very sweet and a great one to share when talking about kindness and doing the right thing especially when no one is looking. Again, another wordless book that can be used with a large range of readers. (2013/Peter Pauper Press)
This is a charming picture book about a petite but very strong man, Lalouche, who looses his job as a Parisian mail carrier and needs to find new employment. He tries his hand at boxing and finds many who want to discourage him. Working very hard and being persistent, he proves he has quite the talent. Blackall’s illustrations are fun and full of many whimsical details. I learned while reading this book that “Lalouche” is really fun to say aloud! Great for grades 2-5. (2013/Schwartz & Wade Books)
Finished this easy reader . . .
This is Giesel Honor Winner for 2013 and is a great addition to the early reader books. The book is divided into very short chapters or stories about pals Rabbit and Robot, who admittedly are a little different from each other. It reminds me a mashup of Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad stories and Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino’s Boy + Bot. Great choice for emerging readers in K-2 grade. (2012/Candlewick Press)
Finished this graphic novel/chapter book for middle grades . . .
This was my first Dragonbreath book, which is a hybrid graphic novel chapter book series staring Danny the Dragon. I was impressed with the advanced vocabulary and with its longer length. This will make a great choice for kids ready to launch on from books like Frankie Pickle and the Lunch Lady graphic novel series. I did this as a read aloud with my 9yo because she said after starting it that she was too scared to read it on her own. I must admit it was a pretty scary story that includes creepy clowns, a ghost and a haunted house! ! This is a good choice to hand to readers in grades 2-5 looking for that spooky title. (2011/Dial Books)
Finished this historical fiction for middle grades . . .
The début novel from Laura Golden introduces us to Lizzie, a twelve-year-old growing up in the small town of Bittersweet during the Great Depression. She is tough and determined, two traits that will serve her well as she struggles to keep her world afloat with an absent father, a severely depressed mother, and a meddling school bully out to bring her down. Golden has created an enduring character that you will be rooting for from the beginning. I especially enjoyed the author’s development of Lizzie’s prideful struggles to do it all by herself, and her constant efforts to live up to the demanding expectations of a father who wasn’t even there. This will appeal to historical fiction fans, especially those who enjoyed Turtle in Paradise, or other works by Jenni Holm. I know the slow building pace might not be for all readers, but it might make a good classroom read aloud if talking about this era. (2013/Delacourte Press)
Finished (finally) this young adult historical fiction . . .
I have talked about my struggles the last few weeks with this one, but I finally got it done. Many people suggested I try the audio for this one but it appeared it would take a long time for that hold to arrive. I had a hunk of time, so decided to just finish it this last week. Having Death as the narrator was really unique and provided an interesting perspective, but I felt like a very distant observer. I just didn’t get strong connections with these characters despite feeling for their plight. I also found the foreshadowing a bit much at times. I have to admit I am very curious as to how the motion picture for this will spin out. (2006)
Continuing . . .
This is pleasant enough so far and seems like a good choice for kids not quite ready to read the more complex Harry Potter books.
Listening to this one. . . the narrator is terrific.
I’m reading this aloud to my nine-year-old and this has been great “suspend-disbelief” fun.
Next up . . . one of these:
I must admit I’m very nervous for Appelt’s book as I REALLY couldn’t get into The Underneath and had to walk away from it. I don’t do dreamy-metaphysical books very well. It probably explains my struggles with many Barbara Kingsolver books and my major struggles with Toni Morrison’s Beloved.
Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!