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 have quite a stack going of early readers and chapter books. Here's what jumped out.
I continued my What's in my Nonfiction Pile series with animal books.
The last few months have been full of some awesome middle grade. Paper Chains is another one to add to your list.
Some great books that have math connections here.
A Different Pond
written by Bao Phi
illustrated by Thi Bui
I've seen this book on a few lists now and I'm glad I finally got to read it. It's another great book to add to your refugee collection.
Give Me Back MY Book!
By Travis Foster and Ethan Long
You know how kids read what we praise? Perfect example right here! It's funny and kids will have a good giggle over this one.
Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He's the Favorite
written by Stacy McAnulty
illustrated by Edward Hemingway
This book is just super fun! Perfect for siblings, perfect for everyone. And the ending made me smile. A lot!
A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale
written by Penny Parker Klostermann
illustrated by Ben Mantle
Very fun fractured fairy tale. The endings were unique and perfect for the story.
I Have a Balloon
written by Ariel Bernstein
illustrated by Scott Magoon
This is a must have. Young readers are going to love this book, adults will love reading it out loud. A book that sums up sharing and wanting. Isn't it funny how kids (and adults) want something right at that exact moment, yet once the moment passes, or once you get that thing you want, there's a new want you want?? This book is it. I want it. Now.
Hooray for Books!
by Brian Won
Another fun story in the "hooray" series! Turtle is searching for a missing book and along the way he finds his friends and together they have quite a collection of books!
Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna The Very First Chicken
written by Douglas Rees
illustrated by Jed Henry
Have you ever wanted to know why there are no tyrannosaurus rexes today, yet plenty of chicken? Well, this book sets out to tell us why! And while it's definitely a made up story, the laughs you hear will not be!
by Supriya Kelkar
Oh this book! So beautifully written. This book taught me about a time in history I really did not know about. I had to concentrate as I read it because the author uses culturally rich vocabulary and because I read an e-copy, I did not know there was a glossary at the end of the book. Instead I really had to focus on the context to figure out words that were new to me.
I think upper middle grade classrooms and libraries would benefit from this diverse and historically rich text. Upper elementary readers who enjoy historical fiction may need some support, but will also benefit from this book. No doubt readers who find this book a "mirror" text and can relate to the culture in the book will treasure reading this story.
Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green
Let me first get this out of the way. I am the only person I know who did not like TFioS. I didn't like the way the characters spoke. Although I've been assured, teenagers do get all philosophical like that, I just felt it was forced and not real.
I had read the premise of this book when it was first announced and thought it sounded interesting. I knew I would read it as soon as it came out, before there was too much hype so I could make my own decision about this book. Having not liked a majorly well loved John Green book made me really want to have my own opinion and not be influenced by others.
Then before I read it I read the background about it. That John Green, like the main character of the book, also suffers from anxiety and OCD. And I read about what that is like and where his mind takes him and how debilitating it could be.
And then I read it.
It took about 50 pages or so. The first part I really didn't know where he was taking us in this book. And then it got amazing.
I don't know what it's like to suffer from anxiety. I've been anxious plenty of times. I've broken down because of stress and being overwhelmed. But it's not the same as someone who suffers from true anxiety.
I have a OCD tendencies. But not like this.
The writing is amazing in this book because it comes from a very true place. Everything about the character of Aza felt true and right.
After reading this book I still don't really get what it's like to suffer from anxiety and OCD. But like what other diverse books are doing, it's shining light onto this issue and making all of us think just a little more.
Greetings From Witness Protection!
by Jake Burt
Looking forward to starting this one this week!