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 New Year!
I've been having great reading weeks the past couple of weeks since I've had a hiatus from grad classes. Today is a snow day so I get one more day of choice reading before my semester of early American literature begins.
Last week I finished reading:
When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens
Everyday Editing by Jeff Anderson
Last week I finished listening to:
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
I have no idea what took me so long to read this book. I've already got the sequel on hold at the library.
Picture books I read and loved last week:
Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon
The blurb by Markus Zusak on the front cover describes this book perfectly:
"Quirky, soulful and alive... a book to treasure, like a favorite song."
It's a book that captures the soul of living in a big city without being ABOUT the big city.
No Fits, Nilson! by Zachariah O'Hara
Perfection. I love when picture book endings surprise and delight me. A great story to use when teaching hyperbole.
Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Judy Finchler, illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
really prepared to dislike this book given how close the title is to
NCLB, but it was surprisingly on point with my own beliefs about
reading. I think we should all strive to be like Miss Marlarkey: always
seeking that just right book for every student - even the ones who are
the most resistant - and seeing the good in every student.
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
There is just something so enchanting about Steve Jenkins's artwork. I don't know how he can create so much magic with paper cutouts.
Tanuki's Gift by Tim J. Myers, illustrated by Robert Roth
A beautiful folktale about the importance of friendship.
Animal Opposites by Petr Horacek
I'm not usually a fan of pop-up books, but this one, with its bold colors and clever illustrations, won me over.
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Currently listening to:
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
I tried reading the ARC of this book back in June but I just wasn't in the right place to read it so I abandoned it. Now I am really enjoying the audio. I'm not entirely sure what kids would enjoy this book. It seems more like one of those kid books that adults enjoy more than kids.