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?
My Monday posts are generally just a highlight of what I've been reading
during the week so if you'd like to see all that I've been reading,
follow my Goodreads page.
I just started an amazing graduate class last week called Prizing Children's Literature, so you will probably notice that a lot of my reading in the coming weeks will revolve around award winners.
Last week I reviewed:
Firebird by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers
Definitely one to keep an eye on during award season next year.
Picture books I enjoyed last week:
Quest by Aaron Becker
the story of Quest was harder to follow than that of Journey, the
gorgeous art warrants several read-throughs for appreciation-sake alone.
And reading it over and over again to admire the art will only make for
greater understanding of the actual story. A brilliant move on Becker's
Monster Party! by Annie Bach
fun book! Loved the rhythm and the rhyme and despite the lack of
subject-verb agreement throughout the entire book, (e.g., Monster
prepare, Monster brush hair) it is absolutely delightful -- a book
you'll no doubt want to read aloud to a classroom full of kids.
Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato
doubt we need to get MerryMakers on board with creating a Little Elliot
plush doll. What a darling story and endearing illustrations! I'm not
sure if this one is in contention for a Caldecott (though I think it
should be) but I'm thinking it has a chance for a Geisel for sure.
El Deafo by CeCe Bell
Because I'm taking two graduate classes this semester, my personal reading has kind of fallen by the wayside. But it's not for lack of desire. I am absolutely LOVING this graphic memoir
Currently reading with my ears:
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
I abandoned this book once before but alas, it's required reading for my Prizing Children's Literature class. If I'm being brutally honest here, I can find nothing to like about this book. It is painful to listen to. It will surely make for a lively discussion in class tonight, that's for sure!
On my teaching blog last week:
Celebrating authors as mentors and changes of heart