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
Such a busy week after returning from vacation and having a busy back to work week. Didn't have much time for reading last week to do an IMWAYR post, but lots to catch you up on this week!
Middle School teachers and librarians - don't miss this fun, edgy, girl power book - Love Double Dutch
Looking at 3 IL state reading award lists, lots of great nonfiction reading ahead!
Some new transitional chapter books for young readers here.
My Mouth is a Volcano
written by Julia Cook
illustrated by Carrie Hartman
This book can absolutely be used in a discussion about what it feels like, what it looks like when you have something to say but it's not your turn. I'm not sure the character or plot develops the way I wanted them to, but it will get the point across.
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship
written by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes
illustrated by Scott Magoon
Oh my, what a powerful book. Written by Boston Marathon Bombing survivors and illustrated by Scott Magoon who was running in the marathon on that fateful day. While this book does not make mention of the marathon or bombing, instead choosing to focus on the relationship between young Jessica who has just recently become a double amputee and her new service dog, Rescue. Young readers will see and appreciate the bond between dog and owner and really get a sense of the power of that bond.
Don't miss the Nerdy post by illustrator Scott Magoon and certainly don't miss this book.
I Got It!
by David Wiesner
A book to add to your baseball collection! Told in Wiesner's typical wordless picture book style, he captures that feeling of being in the outfield and the what it feels like to just miss catching the ball, and the obstacles you may overcome to get the ball and the elation of catching the ball!
written by Jonathan London
illustrated by Lauren Eldridge
This is a sweet picture book to read to a young one before bedtime, or nap time, or anytime you need a calming book.
This is another amazing example of Lauren Eldridge's talent - definitely a book to study if you've used her Claymates book to see how her talent really has no limits! Be sure to read the notes on the title page about how the illustrations were created.
Manjhi Moves a Mountain
written by Nancy Churnin
illustrated by Danny Popovici
My friend Kristen Picone told me I needed this one and she was right! A book for growth mindset, for keeping at a task when it is hard, for social justice. You'll want to share this one!
The Magician's Hat
written by Malcolm Mitchell
illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
I liked this one way more than I thought I would! Love the combination of magic and reading. And I really want a reading tree like the library had in the book!
by Brendan Wenzel
As always, Wenzel's artwork is amazing. I love looking at the details he adds.
Short, easy book to read that leads to deeper conversations about saving and protecting animals.
Sometimes You Fly
written by Katherine Applegate
illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
This will be a a great book to read on the last day of school. A book that wishes everyone to see all that you can learn and experience.
The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin
written by Audrey Vernick
illustrated by Jennifer Bower
Max Patkin dreamed of a career in baseball. But when injuries put him on the sidelines, he did what came naturally... entertained in a comedic way! Putting on shows by making fun of the players and make spectators laugh became a career for Patkin.
Interesting story about a man I had not heard of before. I wonder if we had people on the field, instead of mascots, if even more people would enjoy watching the game of baseball!!
24 Hours in Nowhere
by Dusti Bowling
Bowling has written another amazing book - it's so different from Significant Events in the Life of a Cactus - her talent is really unbelievable.
Set against the harsh, yet beautiful, Arizona desert, Bowling has crafted an entire story that takes places within 24 hours. Each chapter is another hour in the quick countdown that Gus has to find gold in a deadly, abandoned mine in order to save the dirt bike for a friend from the town bully who has it. An unlikely group of friends follows Gus into the mine, but after a collapse, they all have to find their way out.
Another book that will worm its way into your heart, Gus and his unlikely group of friends will stick with you for a long time!
Look for this book on Sept. 4th!
by Kate Messner
You've probably already heard how amazing this book is. I'm not going to tell you anything different. I can't believe how Messner was able to weave this story together - using letters, text messages, news reports and other forms of writing - oh, and writing that emulates the beautiful Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and Hamilton, an American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda - Messner creates a suspenseful narrative that mirrors the real-life breakout that happened in upstate New York.
As if the way Messner crafts this book isn't amazing enough, let's talk about what the book brings up amongst the middle school characters. White privilege. Perception. Racial profiling. These are really big topics and Messner tackles them in a way that is so perfect for middle schoolers to understand. This is a book for those living in all areas and backgrounds to read and discuss.
Look for this book on June 5th!
Out of Left Field
by Ellen Klages
Baseball and historical fiction? Perfect time to read this book! I fell into it quickly, looking forward to more reading time with this one. Publishes May 1st.
We're having the most horrific spring weather here in northern IL. At least it's giving me more indoor reading time. Really, who wants to be outdoors, getting spring planting going? Ugh, it will be June before that happens! Hope you've found time to read, regardless of the temperatures!