Reading slowed down just a bit this week. Read a lot from my MG book, not so much in other books.
So many times, I'm asked "how do you get that much reading in?" Reading ebbs and flows. There are weeks I read a lot, there are weeks that I read maybe a chapter before bed each night. I don't stress about how much I read (unless I have a lot of library books due)! I enjoy it when I can :)
I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Gorgeous book. As I said on my goodreads review, it's like taking a piece of your heart and giving it to someone. Wishing those things that you want for yourself, but wishing them for others.
This book reminds me a lot of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever, but you're not going to have an ugly cry or feel sad at the end. Your heart feels hugged and you want this book to hug someone else's heart.
This book is the perfect end of the year book. I think young students will enjoy the words and Tom Lichtenheld's illustrations. Older students will understand why you're reading them this book.
This book is the perfect book to pass on to others. I'm planning on giving it to my daughter, but including a few wishes of my own for her inside.
It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee
I think young readers are going to get a kick out of Stanley. Stanley is quite preoccupied building something that gets bigger and stranger on each page. Although the construction is waking up the family at night, "it's only Stanley" seems to pacify all concerns!
Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World by
Good narrative nonfiction. Would pair well with Jean Craighead George's "The ___ Came Back" series.
While it's important to read all types of nonfiction, I think narrative nonfiction does a great job introducing young readers to new facts.
Orangutanka by Margarita Engle
Borrowed from the library, but I think it's one that will be purchased for the classroom.
Love this new-to-me form of poetry - it has conventions, yet it's unconventional, it's free-flowing, but follows a set rhythm. So fun!
I love the author's invitation to young readers to research a subject and then write about it using this format.
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
Oh. Ok. I get it. And I agree. WHAT?????
I remember that was the common comment from everyone finishing this book last year. I put off reading it because people said it was really upper middle grade. Since I have lower middle grade in my school, I read other things first. I'm kind of glad I did because I have the second book in the series to start now. And that's good because this one left you with a total cliffhanger. I could see how people were confused before it became known that this is a trilogy. Starmer's writing is great, the plot is crazy weird and I can't wait to see where this goes next.
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
I should finish this one tonight or tomorrow. Quick read. Very good. I can see the comparisons to All the Bright Places, although not as strong as AtBP.
Abandoning... for now
Black Dove, White Raven by Elisabeth Wein
Maybe because I was reading an electronic pre-pub book and the font was a bit off... something about it didn't appeal to me and I'm giving it up for now. Maybe I'll try getting it from the library and read the paper copy. I just couldn't get into it.
The Whisper by Aaron Starmer
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (I really will get to this! Library books and a book with too many questions just bumped it a bit)