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Hello everyone! EXCITING NEWS! The 2020 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award finalists have been named and I am so proud of all 5 of these books:
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Lovely War by Julie Berry
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
White Rose by Kip Wilson
The winner will be announced next Monday.
Last week I read and enjoyed:
The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
|A wonderful and satisfying sequel to The One and Only Ivan, this time with the wily mutt Bob telling his story.
Bites of Terror: 10 Frightfully Delicious Tales by Cuddles and Rage
Like Tales from the Crypt but with food and clay figures. I'm not entirely sure who the audience is for this book -- is it for kids? Adults? Regardless, it's still delightfully entertaining.
Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Cotler, illustrated by Harry Bliss
A cow's mean behavior sets off a chain reaction of unkindness on the farm and soon it only takes one to show that kindness can spread just as quickly as meanness.
Grandma's Gardens by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Carme Leminiscates
A beautiful book written by both Hillary and Chelsea Clinton about they way gardening has brought generations together in their family.
I Am Leonardo da Vinci by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Chrstopher Eliopoulos
|Leonardo da Vinci was a jack-of-all-trades. The original Renaissance Man. He was led by curiosity and therefore created many brilliant works of art. And some not -so-brilliant things too.
This would be a great book to read to talk to students about growth mindset and leading your life with curiosity. I could see this being a good introduction to genius hour/passion project/20% time.
I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): A Guide to Grace-filled Political Conversations by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers
I decided to re-read this book because I proposed a virtual book club to friends and family to read this book with me this month. I have been so despondent over the state of politics in our country right now -- even more so than I usually am -- that I decided to do something about it. I quote Pantsuit Politics all the time to friends and family that I decided it was high time my friends and family started listening to them too, either via their podcast or by joining me in reading this book. So far I've got a nice group of over 20 people who are reading it with me and I am really grateful that I am helping to spread the message that we NEED to talk politics with each other, and ESPECIALLY the people we don't agree with. The problem is we don't know HOW, and that's what that book does a great job at helping us out with. If you too are feeling despondent over the state of politics and want to learn a better way, I highly encourage you to read this book and/or listen to Pantsuit Politics.