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?
Reviews from last week:
Jacob's Eye Patch by Beth Kobliner Shaw and Jacob Shaw, illustrated by Jules Feiffer
Bessie Smith and the Night Riders by Sue Stauffacher, illustrated by John Holyfield
I also posted:
Happy book birthday to Screaming at the Ump by Audrey Vernick
I finished reading:
The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreau
I'll be posting a review of this one soon.
I finished reading with my ears:
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
teachers have to do to book talk this one is to show Malala's interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, followed by perhaps a discussion or
writing reflection on how and why they should be grateful for their
education. So many Americans often look to sports figures and movie stars as heroes, but
people like Malala are the true heroes.
Picture books I read and enjoyed last week:
Django by Bonnie Christensen
read this book without listening to some of Django Reinhart's music. It
will get your toe-tappin' and make you feel like you're inside a
romantic comedy that takes place in Europe. As I listened to his music I felt like Meg
Ryan as she's traveling through Provence with Kevin Kline in French Kiss, one of my all-time favorite movies. :)
Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester, illustrated by Karen Barbour
Lester deals with the volatile topic of race in a sensitive and
compassionate manner. I was worried with a title called Let's Talk About Race that it would be a bit controversial, but the only people
who would find this book controversial are overt racists. This is
definitely a book worth sharing in a classroom full of young children.
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough, illustrated by Debby Atwell
Miss Moore's time, children weren't expected to read, let alone visit
the library. But Miss Moore thought otherwise, and thanks to her
pioneering efforts, children's rooms in libraries began thriving. A
wonderful biography that pulls at the heartstrings of bibliophiles and
children's lit lovers.
The Three Pigs by David Wiesener
know why I was expecting this to be a traditional take on the Three
Little Pigs. I guess the cover illustration makes it seem deceptively
traditional. But this book is anything but. And I should have known that
coming from David Wiesner. Definitely a Caldecott-worthy effort!
Two wordless picture books I read but had two different reactions:
The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez is a delightful wordless picture book about a fox who steals a chicken -- or least
we THINK the fox has stolen the chicken. Chicken's friends who attempt
to rescue her might actually be in for a surprise. The Conductor, however, by Laetitia Devernay just perplexed me. It
was a little too avant-garde for my tastes. Not to mention long. Or maybe it
just seemed long. The "story" really could have been told with 1/3 fewer
pages. I'd have to share it with students to see if my opinion changes.
It's one of those books where I feel like I "get it" but I don't get
it. If that makes sense.
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
I just started this and I'm really enjoying it so far but I know it's going to get heartbreaking soon since it takes place during Hurricane Katrina.
Currently reading with my ears:
Starters by Lissa Price
Lissa graciously offered to send me a copy of both Starters and the ARC of the sequel, Enders, and I'm glad she did because this book was never on my radar until now. I decided to listen to the audio instead of read it because Rebecca Lowman is the narrator and I loved her narration of Eleanor and Park. I just got to disc 4 and the plot has really started picking up.