Jen and Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts started a weekly meme about what people are reading and reviewing in children’s and young adult literature. It’s a great way to see what others are reading.
Last Week’s Reading Adventures
Two things were a big influence on my reading this week. One was the latest arrival of Junior Library Guild books in my library. The other was the Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast. The breakfast event was amazing. Katherine Applegate, Gordon Korman, Jane O’Conner, David Small and Augusta Scattergood were delightful presenters. I’ll hopefully have more to share on that wonderful event later this week. I ended up with nine new books, most of which are going to school.
A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson is an imaginative retelling of what Charles Dickens’s life may have been like as a child based on the few details known today of his early life.
Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons is the story of how a family became married by law during reconstruction instead of just having been commonly married by jumping over a broom when they were slaves.
George Washington’s Birthday: A Mostly True Tale by Margaret McNamara provides a fun glimpse at the myths and facts of Washington’s childhood. I liked his first person afterward at the end. I hope to find a class to share this with tomorrow.
Nothing Like a Puffin by Sue Soltis. This clever, funny book of comparisons had me taking it down the hallway to offer to teachers to use in their classes as soon as I finished it.
Mustache by Mac Barneet. This is the ridiculous story of a king who thought putting up pictures of himself was more important than repairing roads.
Otto the Book Bear by Katie Clemenson appeals to the librarian and writer in me. A bear comes out of the pages of his book to find the real world to be a hazardous place until he finds the library.
The Really Awful Musicians by John Manders. There are musicians. There’s the decree of the king banning them. There’s a horse who draws out music and there’s a sackbut. Need I say more?
I Don’t Want to Be a Pea by Ann Bonwill is a light-hearted look at friendship trouble between two unlikely friends getting ready for a party.
Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes is a charmingly illustrated reader. I can’t wait to see Henkes at a bookstore event in March.
The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow by Andy Griffiths made me laugh. I enjoyed the Seussian feel of some of the illustrations.
Just as Good by Chris Crowe is a great civil rights and baseball picture book relating Larry Doby joining the Cleveland Indians and what that meant for major league baseball.
Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes by 50 celebrated cartoonists. This is a brilliant anthology. Love the Nick Bruel, Patrick McDonnel and Raina Telgemeier pieces (and too many others to properly count).
Wonder by R. J. Palacio. Wow. This is a superb novel with its intertwining first person perspectives. Just Wow.
This Week’s Reading Adventures
I’ve started this week off by blogging about Wonder. I feel like I could go on and on about this wonderful book. I’m so thankful I heeded the advice of all the teachers and librarians I’ve seen reading it and read this book.
I need to finish up A Diamond in the Desert this week. I also want to start on Stella Batts and Blood & Flowers, two of the other books I picked up from the Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast. I want to read Kindred Souls this week as well as The Might Miss Malone, which was postponed from last week. Taking a peek at my NetGalley account, I still need to blog about Freedom, a graphic novel about a cat.. I also need to read Duck for a Day this week.