Audiobook I finished last week:
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Not only was this one of the best books I've read this year, but this was one of the best audiobooks I've EVER listened to. Bronson Pinchot needs to narrate more audiobooks that's just all there is to it. I foresee this book becoming an animated movie one day very soon. I haven't laughed so much while listening to an audiobook since The True Meaning of Smekday.
Picture books I read and loved last week:
Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat by Susanna Reich, illustrated by Amy Bates
I loved this look into Julia Child's life through the eyes of her mischievous cat. Could be a great lesson for kids on writing with point-of-view.
Mozart Finds a Melody by Stephen Costanza
A longer review of this one is coming soon. I am a sucker for picture books about classical composers and this one is a pure gem.
The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers by Sheridan Blau
This book is for a class I'm currently taking. While the writing is a bit difficult to trudge through, I really value Blau's perspective on teaching. He approaches teaching literature in a manner very similar to that of the National Writing Project, which is not a coincidence given his heavy involvement with NWP.
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Also, check out my discussion and review of a couple books I am calling part of a new genre of picture book: fractured ABC books (kind of like fractured fairy tales).
Coming up on the blog this week:
Recap of the very cool Kids Read Comics event in Ann Arbor where I got to meet Raina Telgemeier and hang out with some of my Nerdy Book Club tweeps.