This weekly post comes from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers. It's a great source to find new books to use with your students.
Last Week's Adventures
I shared some great books to use in your civil rights unit or if you want to share books about the character trait "determination" here.
In the 4th week of #GNCelebration, I talked about how graphic novels are a format not a genre!
I shared how to use Elwood Bigfoot as a mentor text for opinion writing here.
8 An Animal Alphabet by Elisha Cooper
This really is an impressive book. Not sure why I'm surprised, it's by Elisha Cooper. Essentially, it's an alphabet book. An animal alphabet book. But it's a little bit counting book too. Each page has 8 of a particular animal, can you figure out which animal? You would think that would be enough, but there's more. At then end there are some great, fascinating facts about each animal that is mentioned. There's also a couple of more number puzzles to solve. And Cooper adds some additional source notes. What a classy book.
Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
People who know me are always shocked that I read a book about Winnie the Pooh and liked it. Well, really the books aren't about Winnie the Pooh as they are about the story of the name behind the famous bear.
I really enjoyed Sally Walker's book earlier this year, but Mattick's book takes the story to the next level. See, Mattick is related to the man who found the real Winnie. It takes the story to the next level.
There are also layers to the story that lie within the beautiful illustrations. Sophie Blackall created sidebar illustrations that depict the author telling the story to her son, while the main illustration unfold the story of the bear.
It's a beautiful adventure.
Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre
In present day, Lou is trying her hardest to save her house by solving a family mystery back from the Civil War days. By reading bits and pieces of a Civil War diary, we see how events from the past influence the story that is taking place in the present. We also see how racial tensions within her town are causing people to choose sides when a high school coach makes, what seems to be, a racial decision. Tyre does a masterful job weaving these story lines together, linking past and present.
Lost in the Sun by LIsa Graff
I've had this book for so long now, and I'm finally getting to it. Such an interesting story since it's hard to bond with the main character. Graff is an amazing storyteller.
Princess Juniper of the Hourglass by Ammi-Joan Paquette is on my radar as are 500 other books, but I think that one will be next!