It's Monday! What are you reading? Is a wonderful community of readers, teachers, and librarians. Hosted by Jen over at Teach Mentor Texts along with Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers, participants share their reading adventures from the past week along with their reading plans for the week ahead.
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.
Hello friends. I feel like every time I write an "It's Monday!" post I always lead with, "It's been a while." The truth is, I've kept saying the past couple of years that once my tenure with the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award was over, I'd have more time to blog. Well now that my tenure with Walden is over, I haven't gotten my footing back into the blogging world.
Is blogging still a thing? Or are we just posting on other social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok?
Speaking of social media, I used to love Twitter. It was where I met so many wonderful and passionate educators whom I now consider dear friends. But these days I consider Twitter a cesspoll of trolls and people just shouting to be heard and not really looking for dialogue. I barely use my Twitter account anymore. And truth be told, I've locked down both my Twitter and my Instagram for personal and professional reasons.
So where does that leave me with this blog? I hope I can find my footing again and start to find some more motivation to write some more longform book reviews, but in the meantime, here are some of the things I've been reading and loving over the past month.
We Shall Overcome, illustrated by Bryan Collier
|A stunning visual interpretation of the beloved song “We Shall Overcome” the that has a young girl walking in the present time past well-known places in African American history.
Escape: One Day We Had to Run by Ming & Wah, illustrated by Carmen Vela
Grandad's Camper by Harry Woodgate
What Happened to You? by James Catchpole, illustrated by Karen George
A touching and lighthearted story that helps start conversations with kids about how to talk about disability.
Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Loren Long
A wonderful book that looks at the professions that do the physical work of artistic people with dreams and vision, such as architects, engineers, even authors.
Oh Look, a Cake! by J.C. McKee