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
Thinking about superlative animals... Steve Jenkins' new books spotlight animals that use their "super powers" - being stinky, fast, deadly and tricky - to protect, hide, and eat! Read about them here.
This summer I'll be spotlighting some transitional chapter books that may be new to you! These books will be important to know if you teach in grades 1-4. Here's the first post.
The Better Tree Fort
written by Jessica Scott Kerrin
illustrated by Qin Leng
In today's world where bigger is better and more is always the way to go, this book has a refreshing message. Great to use when talking about central message/theme.
by Shanda McCloskey
Another book that has a good message - what happens when a child gets too tech-y? A mom gives her child who is obsessed with computers, coding and all things electronic a doll to play with. While there is not a total transformation (and I'm glad there wasn't), the young girl does learn to do some pretend play.
The Map of Good Memories
written by Fran Nuño
illustrated by Zuzanna Celej
If you have a refugee collection, you'll want to add this book. A young girl is leaving her war torn city, but before she leaves, she makes a map of all the places she loves. I could also see using this as a mentor text for writing if you ever do anything with mapping to get story ideas.
Rock 'n' Roll Soul
written by Susan Verde
illustrated by Matthew Cordell
I liked this book even more because I had seen the book trailer before reading the book. I had music going through my head as I read it!
by Daniel Miyares
I really liked the message about having something to share to help you feel included. Told in minimal length sentences, the reader will still understand there is a deeper meaning.
Seeing Into Tomorrow
haikus written by Richard Wright
illustrated by Nina Crews
Before his death, Richard Wright wrote thousands of haiku poems. This book spotlights some of his haikus and are illustrated by gorgeous photographic collages by Nina Crews. Each illustration features an African American boy exploring nature.
Wonderful biography written by Nina Crews that gives us more background on Wright.
Just Under the Clouds
by Melissa Sarno
This is a gorgeous debut with language that will stick to me for awhile. I love how Sarno writes about what it is like to be "houseless" but still going through the day to day situations of life. I think it will be a powerful window book, and for others a mirror that let's the reader see they are not alone.
by Jacqueline Woodson
I'm sure you've already read about this book. I'm sure you've already heard people say how wonderful and amazing it is. They are not leading you astray.
I love the concept of "harboring" someone - being the safe place for someone.
Make sure this book is on your purchase list for August!
by Torrey Maldonado
I devoured this book (9 hour car ride helped). This book has the power to be such an important book. It has the voice of Matt de la Peña's YA books but this one is for a MG audience. It reminded me a little bit of a MG Hate You Give - not the same topic but it holds some really important themes and truths. I think no matter what your background is, you'll recognize the universal themes, but if it's a mirror book it will be important to see representation within the pages of a book. Look for it on Sept. 4th.
The Storm Runner
by J.C. Cervantes
It's another series from the new Rick Riordan imprint. Looking forward to reading more about Maya mythology!
The Door to the Lost
by Jaleigh Johnson
I made some more progress on this book this week. I'm really enjoying it. Another book with some universal themes. I think your fantasy enthusiasts will love this book.
I will be taking a week off from #IMWAYR as I will be traveling back from ALA. I bet there will be a lot to share next week!