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.
Reporting two weeks of reading this week! Between driving from Florida to home, packing and unpacking, appointments and getting ready for the first day of school, I did not get a post up for last Monday.
I enjoyed being in Florida this summer and I am going to miss it, but I was really glad to get back to my home libraries! I loaded up on picture books over 3 visits.
Anyone else having the reading blues after starting school? The only thing I can get read are picture books. I'm managing one chapter a night in my middle grade novel before needing to go to sleep!
Last Few Week's Adventures
I am so excited for The Inquisitor's Tale to be released. If you teach middle grades you may want to add this book to your Mock Newbery list!
Do you think Nursery Rhymes are for the young? Take a look at these books!
Make sure these August releases are on your TBR list!
We all have to face tough choices. Talking about them to kids and how to make the right choice is a great conversation to have. This book is a great one to use!
Monsters Go Night Night by Aaron Zenz
Oh this was such a fun and cute book! I immediately turned around and ordered this book for my nephew! I know young readers are going to LOVE the hilarity of some of the pages. If you're ever looking for a good gift book for a young reader, keep this one on your radar!
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating by Laura Gehl
I really like the characters Peep and Egg. I like the back and forth between the characters and Egg's reluctance to try anything new. The bold illustrations by Joyce Wan are perfect for these stories.
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas
A beautiful book, definitely one to consider for #mockCaldecott.
This book would be a great mentor text for show don't tell and using metaphors.
I can see how Cuevas poured over each and every single word, making sure each word was perfect.
And Erin Stead's illustrations are amazing, as always. You naturally took time reading this book because there was so much to admire.
I Dare You! by Nicole Maubert
This touch and feel book will be a hit with the younger crowd. I really like some of the different sensory pages, the sticky one being the most fun!
publishes Sept. 6th by Chronicle/Twirl
A Tiger Tail (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School) by Mike Boldt
Fun book to read at the beginning of the year. I like that it shows how differences really don't matter. The mom and dad's suggestions for what to do with her "challenge" are pretty funny. And Mike Boldt's illustrations are always a treat!
Frazzled - Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat
Isn't that middle school - everyday disasters and impending doom??
Vivat has captured middle school perfectly in this book. Abbie Wu is a perfect middle grade character. Middle grade is about finding your place without sticking out too much. It's being different from your siblings but not knowing how you'll be different. It's about being out of your comfort zone and not knowing what your comfort zone is.
This book is a mix of doodles and writing. Unlike The Dork Diaries, in my opinion, I think the tone of voice is calmer. I don't love how the characters talk to each other in that series, this one, while maintaining a middle grade voice, doesn't sound rude.
I tweeted Vivat and she said more books are in the works! I'm excited to see more Abbie Wu!
We Were Here by Matt de la Peña
I read this story as part of our Voxer group's challenge. After the Newbery win, we thought we would get more acquainted with Matt's work, but we agreed to wait until the summer. By then, the discussion of books being mirrors and windows started. We wanted to explore this more and Matt's work seemed to be a great place to start. With the start of school here, we had a short but interesting conversation. I appreciate that I can learn from these great educators!
We Were Here is the story of Miguel. He's headed to a group home after a stint in juvi. The judge has ordered him to keep a journal so he can learn about what someone with his background thinks about. We are reading the journal. We read about Miguel and how he breaks out from the group home with 2 other guys, all who end up being unlikely friends. I loved the character development of Miguel, Mong and Rondell. Definitely not a mirror book for me, but allowed me into Miguel's world, Mong's and Rondell's. I think the power of this book is it allows us to think about the lives of those who appear one way. I think it's a powerful read for those who may see themselves in this book.
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
I've been reading this book for awhile. With school starting I'm having a really hard time getting into it. I knew my reading would slow down, but with moving home and starting school in 4 days, it's been hard.
And, if all else fails, I'll get some more picture book reading done!