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:
Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget by Clinton Kelly
Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison
These two books are quite disparate, but that's the fun of this blog -- I review an eclectic assortment of books, what can I say? :) Extraordinary Jane is probably the picture book equivalent of A Snicker of Magic for me this year. It is something truly special and I hope it gets some love at the ALA Youth Media Awards in January.
On my teaching blog last week, I visited my friend Sarah Andersen's classroom and wrote about the experience. I found a lot to be inspired by in her teaching, her classroom, and her students.
Last week I finished reading with my ears:
The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt
brother Boaz returns from Iraq with no physical scars but is looking to
escape his mental anguish. A sensitive, realistic look at how families
deal with PTSD with a little hero's journey thrown in for good measure
as Levi follows Boaz as he walks to Washington, D.C. from Boston because
he's afraid to get in a car due to the trauma he endured in war.
Reinhardt created some memorable characters in this beautiful, heartfelt
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman
Currently reading with my ears:
Blubber by Judy Blume
This book is much more intense than I was expecting it to be. I knew it dealt with bullying but I had no idea that it was told from the point of view of one of the bullies. It's definitely a difficult but important read that is as relevant today as it was the day it was published.