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 finished reading:
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
I have a longer review of this book scheduled for tomorrow, but here's a sneak peek: despite the fact that The Honest Truth has only been in stores for a couple months, I do believe we already have a children's classic on our hands.
I finished reading with my ears:
Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
I immediately ordered Purple Heart for my classroom library after I finished this. Patricia McCormick is definitely a go-to author for me.
Favorite picture books I read last week:
Bunny Roo, I Love You by Melissa Marr, illustrated by Teagan White
This book comes really close to being saccharine, but maintains a
dignified sweetness to it. I loved the color palate of the
illustrations and the simple message.
Special Delivery by Philip Stead, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
charming and utterly ridiculous, Philip Stead proves yet again that the
best children's book authors are a little bit eccentric. Or at least
their books are anyway.
I'm curious though why Phil decided not
to illustrate this himself or have Erin illustrate it. I'm hoping to get the
chance to ask him that soon since he lives in Ann Arbor and I've been
to a few events with him and Erin at local bookstores.
Wish by Matthew Cordell
this book will be the new go-to baby gift for expectant moms and dads -
especially if those soon-to-be parents encountered hardships in their
desire for a child of their own.
Bird and Diz by Gary Golio, illustrated by Ed Young
A book that is likely to
interest more adults than kids but in the hands of a passionate,
knowledgeable adult, it could get an already musically inclined kid interested in jazz.
Won Ton + Won Ton and Chopstick by Lee Wardlaw
Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter Sieruta
Currently reading with my ears:
The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman