A little more normal reading week! I've had so many holds from the library come in, so lots of picture book reading! With all the holds, that means my #mustreadin2015 slows down a bit with these other books taking priority. That darn 3 week checkout!
Hoot Owl Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor
When I first started reading this story, I didn't know how I was going to feel about it. It ended up being very cute, one I want to share with my younger readers.
It's a great mentor text for simile and metaphor, too!
The "disguises" the hoot owl comes up with will have younger audiences laughing for sure. And his last "prey" is very amusing :)
Home by Carson Ellis
This one went on my must purchase list. First of all, the illustrations are beautiful. I think it could also be used to talk about what makes up a home? What is a home to you? The simple text packs a powerful message.
And I think I could go back and look at the illustrations days in a row and find something new!
The Thing About Spring by Daniel Kirk
It was cute, but I didn't love it. As spring arrives, Bunny is not happy about winter leaving (what????). He's going to miss making bunny angels and snow forts. His friends show him the fun things about this next season coming until Bunny finds how his remaining piece of winter combined with spring to make everyone happy.
The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks by Jordan Brown
I think Alyson Beecher featured this series on her blog a few weeks ago. I'm hoping to find some readers that will be interested in this series. I like that the science of common experiences are explained. Make those kids think a bit!
Seeds of Freedom by Hester Bass
Beautiful story about the integration that took place in the 1960. Great mentor text how to take a smaller moment to write about - the civil rights moment is huge and so many important events took place in Alabama. The author pinpoints the town of Huntsville, Alabama and how it tried to have a peaceful integration in 1963. The author clearly shows how the city had more peace than violence during this tumultuous time. This is a book I will be adding to my collection.
Transitional Chapter Books
Sofia Martinez My Family Adventure by Jacqueline Jules
I found this book on Crystal Brunelle's blog a little ways back and I'm glad I was able to get it from the library. This is a great transitional chapter book series for young kids. There are 3 stories in the book and each story has several chapters. Easier text and colorful illustrations will catch student's interests. The series tells Sofia's adventures and features her familia (Spanish glossary found in the back of the book!).
Fans of Kylie Jean and Heidi Heckelbeck will find a new friend in Sofia.
I got this copy from the library, but I will be purchasing a few from this series. I know some girls who will really enjoy these stories.
Sidekicks by Dan Santat
I know I'm a little late to the game reading this one. I've checked it out from the library before, just never got around to reading it. It landed on the 2016 IL Bluestem Choice Award list and I knew it would be an easy sell to many of my students. I really enjoyed the Sidekicks and their passion to help their owner!
Listen, Slowly by Thannha Lai
Oh my gosh. Put this on your must read now list.
It was such a pleasure to read. I said on my goodreads review, I think this was the book of 2015 that I immediately hugged to my heart upon finishing it.
I loved the main character, Mai. She has the perfect middle grade voice. She was sarcastic, but unsure of herself. She wanted to please adults, but was self-centered at times. She loved her family, but needed space. She learned so much about herself by being put into an unfamiliar place.
Woven in with Mai's story, is Ba's story. Ba is Mai's grandmother who is on a return trip to Vietnam to find out what really happened to her husband after the war. Told in bits and pieces, Ba's story is as important to us as Mai's self-discovery.
My adult read is Jeffrey Archer's Mightier Than the Sword. I'm almost done with this fifth installment of the Clifton Chronicles. I enjoy this series and I know it won't be the last one. All I can say is I'm really glad my family isn't involved in politics or business to the level the Clifton family is!
My middle grade read is The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold.
A colleague loaned me The Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim. Have you heard of this one?
One more week and it's Spring Break reading time!