Book Journey, Jen over at Teach Mentor Texts along with Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers also host a kidlit version of It's Monday! What are You Reading?
Happy Banned Books Week! That actually sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it? We're celebrating our fREADom to read, but we're celebrating it because there are people who try to take that fREADom away.
Last night I had the privilege of organizing and participating in the very first #nctechat to kick off Banned Books Week. Laurie Halse Anderson and Teri Lesesne were the guest hosts and Judy Blume and Stephen Chbosky even joined in on the discussion as well. At one point we were the #2 trending topic! If you missed it, or you just want to go over it again because the tweets were flying by too fast, the Storify archive is now up.
Also, don't forget to check out my current giveaway for Banned Books Week, a beautiful hardcover read-aloud edition of Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.
I had a great reading week last week. I finished reading:
Living with Jackie Chan
by Jo Knowles
What I love about Jo Knowles's books is her ability to create characters the reader truly cares about. In the hands of a different author, our main character, Josh, would have been completely unlikable because of his previous actions in Jumping Off Swings, but she somehow manages to not only make him likable in Living with Jackie Chan the sequel to Jumping Off Swings, but also in the first book too. And Uncle Larry? What can I say about him? He is a complete dork. But that's OK. He's a totally lovable dork. In fact, I wish I had an Uncle Larry.
Picture books I particularly enjoyed last week:
by Germano Zullo, illustrated by Albertine
I have so much to say about this book that I think I'm going to write a full review of it. I absolutely adored it. The illustrations and the story are so simple yet complex at the same time.
by Barbara Lehman
much to discuss in this beautiful wordless picture book. There are lots
of comparisons to draw upon between this book and Journey by Aaron
by Tomi Ungerer
Despite finding the ending rather strange/curious, I did enjoy the story and illustrations as a whole. I'm still scratching my head on the ending though.
Last week I finished listening:
by John David Anderson
not my type of book, I can really see that this is a fantastic book for
kids who like fantasy action/adventure. I could see this becoming an
Last week I reviewed:
The Price of Freedom by Dennis and Judith Fradin, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Currently (still) reading:
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing
by Anya von Bremzen
by Ellen Hopkins
by Carl Hiaasen
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman