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 I reviewed:
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold The Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli
I finished reading:
Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter Sieruta
This had just the right amount of history, academia, and snark. I loved this so much that I'm pulling for an eventual Volume 2 of Wild Things.
Favorite picture books from last week:
The Bus Ride by Marianne Dubuc
attention to all the little details in the illustrations, which tell
significantly more of the story than the text. The last page you will
come to an epiphany about the story and immediately go back and read it
again to pick up on all the details you missed the first time around.
Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
A beautiful poem that truly evokes feelings of peace and serenity. It's s book that just makes you feel good about the world.
The Sky Painter by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Aliona Bereghici
gorgeous story told in verse about Louis Fuertes, considered the
greatest bird artist who ever lived. I'm not usually a fan of
ornithology or bird watching, but Engle and Bereghici have created a
melding of words and images to make readers like me sit up and take
notice. Fuertes seemed like a kind, gentle soul who cared deeply about,
not just birds, but conservation in general. I'm looking forward to being part of the blog tour for this book in a few weeks.
Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle
I am not very far into this but oh my goodness is this a beautiful memoir in verse, one that would pair beautifully with Brown Girl Dreaming. Look for Enchanted Air on bookshelves in August from Atheneum.
Still reading with my ears:
The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman
Neal Shusterman didn't just write The Schwa was Here, he also narrates the audiobook, and he does an amazing job. I adore his perfectly on-point New York accent, which I know he grew up in Brooklyn so it's not much of a stretch for him, but still. It's pretty awesome.