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.
Wow! Did I ever have a productive week of reading/reviewing (I must be procrastinating about something).
Last week I reviewed:
Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson by Tricia Tunstall
Naptime with Theo and Beau by Jessica Shyba
Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall
Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art by J.H. Shapiro, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, edited by Kate White
I finished reading with my ears:
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I enjoyed this book but my heart didn't fall for it as much as most other people.
Favorite picture books from last week:
Home by Carson Ellis
Simply beautiful. A must-read for anyone who loves children's literature. An instant classic.
The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm by LeVar Burton and Susan Schaefer Bernardo, illstrated by Courtenay Fletcher
LeVar Burton, the
longtime host of the popular kids series Reading Rainbow, tackles the
difficulty of talking with kids about tragic events in The Rhino Who
Swallowed the Storm. When tragedies happen in life, Burton believes that
the way to help children through them is through story. This is
Burton's first foray into authoring a children's book and in a way, you
can tell. It does comes off a tad heavy-handed, but at the same time,
it also feels like it's coming from a heartfelt and genuine place.
Perhaps I would have given this book a harsher review had I not heard
him read and talk about this story at ALA Midwinter in January, but
knowing where his heart was in writing this book, I internalized that as
I read it.
Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You: A Novel in Lists by Todd Hasak-Lowy
I got the ARC of this YA novel at ALA Midwinter. It's really thick, coming in at a whopping 642 pages, but since it's a novel in lists, many pages don't take up that much text-space. There's quite a bit of white space on the pages, so it's comparable reading an Ellen Hopkins novel in verse.
At this point
the analogy I can make to a novel in lists is like when restaurants create dishes and call
it "_______ deconstructed." That's what this novel in lists feels like
right now. A novel deconstructed. Time will tell if it becomes too
gimmicky or if there's some actual substance here. At this point the jury's still out.
Currently and still reading with my ears:
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery