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
Do you know some young readers who are ready for some independent reading? Pass this list on to them!
Girls, science, math and the arts. All of those things go together in these books!
Do. Not. Miss. These. Books. You've got readers that can't wait for them!
Swing It, Sunny! by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm
I loved catching up with Sunny and her family. The chapters seemed a little bit more like vignettes than one continuous story. I think this will work with younger readers, but just like its predecessor, this book does have some mature themes running through it. And just like its predecessor, the Holms siblings write about them in an appropriate way for young readers.
Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
I finished this one literally one minute before Descendants 2 came on TV. Got to watch it as a family - hey, I have a 12 year old. I am very aware that there is not too much time left and she won't want to spend any time with me!
I read these books and I watched the movie upon request of my child. Like I said last week, I'm glad that the second and third book in this series is a bit more middle grade friendly than the first book. I know this series will be popular with middle grade readers.
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
I picked this up at NCTE and then it got buried in my piles. Then my friend Kristen Picone read it and it became a must read!
This book is powerful as an #ownvoices book. The MC, Calli, has Tourette's Syndrome. While I know what it is, and I know of many misconceptions, I don't have a lot of experience with it. That's why a book like this is powerful. The author has Tourette's and I can tell the authenticity in the voice of Calli. While I've read many books that have MCs that have some kind of disability and the author has done significant research, there is something about real life experiences that makes a difference.
I just wonder what would happen, if more and more books are written like this and more and more kids read them. Would that make an impact on how they grow up, the way they treat others?
One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High
Very sweet story about the growing friendship between a girl and an elephant.
I liked the alternating voices in chapters, although it's hard to read an animal voice without thinking of Ivan. Although Queenie Grace, the elephant, doesn't have quite as soulful voice as Ivan, it's still one that is going to reach into the heart of young readers.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds ALWAYS writes words that make me pause and think. His books offer me windows that keep me thinking of possibilities and understanding what I might not know or understand. This book is no exception. Make sure this book is on your October list!
Gamer Squad: Attack of the Not-So-Virtual Monsters
by Kim Harrington
I thought this might be a series that would be a hit with gamers. Giving it a try!
some #mustreadin2017 titles:
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Hook's Revenge: The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz
I've read the other two titles in this series the last 2 summers, so time for this one:
The Silver Moon of Summer by Leila Howland
Happy summer reading!