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 ended on a high note. I was so thankful to be able to attend and present at the Michigan Reading Association conference in Grand Rapids. For a reflection of my experience, you can read my post on my teaching blog.
I have to be completely honest. I am currently in a reading rut and I don't know why. I have abandoned so many books in the past two weeks I can't even count them on one hand. I am being an extremely fickle reader later. At the moment, I don't even have an "I'm currently reading" book. I am, however, listening to an audiobook that I'm really enjoying, which is:
Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
Wow! I'm not very far into this but I'm already hooked. McCormick does it again. I think she is going to be a go-to author for me from now on. I will definitely be booktalking this one to students. The premise of the story is that a young American soldier (only 18) encounters a rocket-propelled grenade and wakes up in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. Because of his head trauma, he can't remember everything that happened, but the image of a young Iraqi boy being shot continues to haunt him even though he can't put the pieces together as to if/how he was involved in the boy's death.
I finished reading with my ears:
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Not an easy read but a beautiful one. So glad I stuck with it.
Favorite picture books from last week:
Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli
I need to write a longer review of this book soon because it is SO. GOOD. But know this: Tricky Vic is not a picture book for little kids. This is an upper-elementary, middle school, and high school title.
Look! by Jeff Mack
entire book only uses two words, but what a story it tells. A gorilla
tries to get the attention of a little boy who is hypnotized by his TV
and suddenly must think of something else to occupy his time when the TV
breaks due to the gorilla's clumsy attempt to engage the boy. A great
pairing with Look! would be Lane Smith's It's a Book.
Last week I reviewed:
John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall by Julie Danneberg, illustrated by Jamie Hogan