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?
Last week I reviewed:
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Beasties by Jenny Nimmo, illustrated by Gwen Millward
Last week I finished reading:
Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller
Simply brilliant follow-up to The Book Whisperer. Every teacher and administrator needs to read this book. I will be posting a review of this one soon.
The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano
liked the clever, funny writing in the beginning. Felt kind of "meh"
about the story in the middle. Then liked it again at the end. I really
like that the ending lends itself to a great discussion about irony.
Finished listening to:
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
is absolutely no doubt that Wasserman is an incredibly gifted writer.
Like so gifted I'm envious of her ability to weave words into something
beautiful and magical. But I never really found myself fully invested in
the characters of this story and I almost felt like if the ages of the
characters had been changed to people in their 30s, this would have made
more sense as an adult novel instead of YA.
Some picture books that I really enjoyed last week:
This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jaqueline Woodson, illustrated by James Ransome
love the way the rope is woven into the family history. Such a powerful
symbol. Jacqueline Woodson's stories always move me. She's one of those
authors whose books I will read with no questions asked.
Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
What a brilliant idea for a book: turning mistakes into something beautiful and creative.
See the Ocean by Estelle Condra, illustrated by Linda Crockett-Blassingame
goodness. I didn't see that ending coming. I was wondering where the
story was going and then my realization was almost palpable.
Me and You by Anthony Browne
how Anthony Browne plays with point of view. In this modern retelling of
Goldilocks, the baby bear is telling the bear's side of the story, and
Goldilock's side is told wordlessly on the opposite page. A great book
to put on your chalkboard ledge and allow students to pick up and
discuss with classmates on their own.
Still reading with my ears:
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Also reading with my ears:
Guys Read: Other Worlds edited by Jon Scieszka