I've been plugging through more and more longer books, and I'm way behind in my #bookaday! I need some picture book time ;)
I've been reading the new Judy Blume adult title for over a week. I am enjoying it, but with limited reading time lately, it's sucking up all of my reading and I'm still not done!
Something Extraordinary by Ben Clanton
I loved how this book began, with a young boy making wishes, each one a bit more imaginative that the one before it. The ending was a bit out there, in my opinion. I had felt a real high - loved, loved, loved the book, then went oh. I think the book still has a perfect place in writer's workshop. Write wishes. Can a wish become a book? Then pull out Beekle. I wonder if Beekle came from a wish?
My Cousin Momo by Zachariah O'Hora
We really don't celebrate our differences as often as we should. This book does this and that needs to be celebrated! It's ok if we're a little different - it's about how you look at people. You don't have to say you're different, you like something that is unique.
The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein
This book surprised me. It has so many possibilities! It can be used as a science mentor text for 1st grade NGSS - looking at patterns in space. The illustrations are beautiful so if you're starting a Mock Caldecott list, this one should be added. I also think this is a great mentor text for small moments and for looking at things differently. Got this one at the library and immediately bought it!
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
I am so grateful for the advanced copy from edelweiss. I've read it and I need to own it, it's a book I will be purchasing in October!
This is a tricky book. I've seen people put it in middle grade and YA. It certainly has a YA topic - an 8th grader has a baby daughter. But the ages of the kids in this book fall in a MG level book.
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
The wars and conflicts that have occurred in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations have made PTSD a reality for many kids. It's not something that a teacher used to think about - maybe in earlier generations, but even then it was often undiagnosed.
This book was raw and real. Hailey's dad got under your skin and Hailey made you want to wrap your arms around her.
I think this book will be important for teenagers.
A great #mustreadin2015 book.
Writing About Reading by Janet Angelillo
A really great read that has me thinking of some ideas for the fall!
My write up on this book is here.
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
I should be wrapping this book up very soon. There are certain lines that make me smile and say, "ah yes, I remember this Judy Blume!" Usually something raw and edgy.
However, a book NOT to be read while on an airplane!
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
This audio book has accompanied me on my way to nerdcamp!
Thank you nerdcamp for this gem!