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?
I had a great reading week, starting with finishing this little-known gem:
Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices edited by Mitali Perkins
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I hope Mitali Perkins tries to make this a series of books. I wanted to read more. What a great idea to tell humorous, lighthearted stories to talk about race and culture. It doesn't have to be so serious all the time.
I finished reading with my ears:
Panic by Lauren Oliver
While the plot didn't bowl me over, what ultimately kept listening was Oliver's spellbinding prose. Her way with words is both simple and elaborate at the same time. She is definitely one of my go-to YA authors.
Some picture books I particularly enjoyed reading last week:
The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
Visiting Langston by Willie Perdomo, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Me and Mr. Mah by Andrea Spalding, illustrated by Janet Wilson
Beautiful story about a young boy who moves to the city after his parents' divorce and befriends his elderly Chinese neighbor.
Poetry collections I read and loved last week:
What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems, selected by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Both of these books a very special and would be wonderful classroom library additions. I love it when books of poetry are created for children that have a serious side. Poems for kids don't have to all be silly and nonsensical, as both of these lovely collections prove.
Currently reading and listening to:
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
I never reread books. But I'm rereading this book because I get to meet Natalie tomorrow!! I haven't loved a book like this since I read John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. This is hands down the book I will be rooting for to win the 2015 Newbery.
Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis
Elephant Run by Roland Smith (ends today)