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.
Last week was an amazing week. I returned home from the ALA Youth Media Awards, which was one of the most memorable book events I ever attended, probably only second to the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet in 2012. For a breakdown of my favorite award winners, check out this blog post, and for my Slice(s) of Life post from ALA Midwinter, check out my teaching blog.
Also on my teaching blog lost week:
Celebrate Book Love
Last week I finished reading:
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Raul the Third
A strange but intriguing middle grade graphic novel
Speaking of intriguing, these were the most intriguing picture books I read last week:
Ella by Mallory Kasdan, illustrated by Marcos Chin
This book is a parody of the Eloise trope -- bringing her into the 2010s, if you
will. Ella has a manny and spends a lot of time observing the hipsters
at the Local Hotel where she lives. Not really a picture book for kids,
but could be a good text to study when discussing/writing parody.
Snoozefest by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Kristyna Litten
Sloths know how to par-tay! It's like the Coachella for nappers.
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
I'm really enjoying this book, but there is one thing about it that's kind of bothering me that I hope will resolve itself by the end. I'll just leave it at that for now.
Still reading with my ears:
Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
I've been enjoying the narrator, but the longer this book goes on, the more I think his expression is a bit over the top. Dynamic expression is one thing, but too much and you're just overacting. He's kind of straddling that line right now.