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,
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Last week I reviewed:
Positive by Paige Rawl
I finished reading:
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Every child should have a Mr. Daniels in their life. I hope I can be that for my students. They should also get to have friends like Albert and Keisha. A beautiful, heartfelt story about overcoming learning differences and embracing the myriad ways someone can be intelligent.
Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
An enjoyable sequel to Giants Beware but I missed the sense and feel for character development
that came in the first book that wasn't present in Dragons Beware. This
volume spent more time on action sequences and less time on
characterization and as someone who prefers character-driven stories, I
definitely felt like there was something missing. Especially since the
first book balanced the two so well.
I finished reading with my ears:
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
incredibly powerful and personal tale of a young man's descent into the
depths of schizophrenia. The book is a masterfully woven extended
metaphor that would benefit a close reading of certain passages because
important details are sure to be missed upon first reading.
Picture books I read and enjoyed last week:
In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van, illustrated by April Chu
heartfelt circle story with illustrations that make the reader feel
like both an observer and participant in the story.
Where are My Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
How can you not love a kid whose favorite book is Night-Night, Narwhal and carries around a stuffed narwhal like a teddy bear?
I Will Take a Nap! By Mo Willems
One of my favorite thing
about Mo Willems' books is that it has now become my mission to seek out
characters from his other books in the one I am reading. Normally he
finds a way to hide the Pigeon somewhere in his books (the Pigeon tends
to hide in the end papers of Elephant and Piggie books, but you can find
him in his other books too) but as you can see here, Knuffle Bunny
makes an appearance in I Will Take a Nap!
Pool by Jihyeon Lee
Despite the lack of words, this wonderfully imaginative tale has beautiful cadence and an ending that resonates.
Have You Seen My Monster? by Steve Light
I didn't love this one as
much as Have You Seen My Dragon. The shapes theme didn't feel as natural
a fit for the story as counting did in Have You Seen My Dragon. Apart
from the somewhat forced insertion of shapes into the story, I did love
the illustrations, which are both bold (in line, not in color) and
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
of fun new things to learn in this book, like how the word mesmerized
came from Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer, who thought he had the power to heal
patients with invisible forces. Also, that the placebo effect and blind
studies can be attributed to Ben Franklin's testing of Dr. Mesmer's
"powers" by blindfolding patients. History indeed does not have to be boring.
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Currently reading with my ears:
Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
Last week I also posted:
I'm bringin' foodie back...
Working on seeing the world... in my own home state
On my teaching blog:
I never stop thinking about literacy... even when vacation planning
An English teacher poses a math problem