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 love finding new pb biographies that spotlight people who you might not have heard of before. Try this one on Chicagoan Jane Addams.
Have you been following along with the weekly #GNCelebration posts from everyone? If not, search for it now, it's a great celebration of all things graphic novels. Find some new to you ones! Have you seen the new book Secret Coders? It's awesome!
Rebecca Kai Dotlich has a wonderful new pb, One Day, The End. Find ways to use it as a mentor text during your next narrative writing unit here.
Lenny and Lucy by Philip Stead
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I've enjoyed Philip Stead books but can't say I've loved loved loved any of them. This one goes into the loved loved loved category.
First, loved the story of young Peter, who took charge of his fear and built something to make it go away.
Second, the illustrations are gorgeous. Erin Stead has outdone herself, in my opinion. I love these illustrations even more than Amos McGhee. The soft, simple palette, the little things she adds to her illustrations, the way that there is more to the story in the illustrations than the text sometimes, the creamy texture of the pages.
Gorgeous book. Hope it's honored with a shiny sticker this January.
What in the World? Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day
Thank you to Carrie Gelson for mentioning this text. The illustrations are divine. What a wonderful book to use when talking about math in the real world.
Luna and Me by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
I enjoyed the story of Julia Butterfly Hill and her fight to save the redwood tree. She lived in one special tree that she named Luna for two years to protest the destruction of the redwood trees by people who wanted to clear areas for development.
What stood out to me in this book were the illustrations. Simply gorgeous.
Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate
I've heard many wonderful things about this book and they are all accurate! Don Tate does a wonderful job retelling George Moses Horton. And I love how it comes down to how important words are and what they can do for someone. Don't miss this book!
Transitional Chapter Books
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems
I'm excited to see Mo jump into the world of transitional chapter books. We know he has amazing talent writing books that all young readers (oh, who are we kidding, regardless of age we all love reading his books) love to read. To see him take that talent into a longer book, what a welcome pleasure.
I thoroughly enjoyed this first transitional chapter book. Diva and Flea remind me of the great Lady and the Tramp. An unlikely friendship showing us that we can find camaraderie in all walks of life.
I really enjoyed reading the author's note, where Mo reminds us you can find stories anywhere.
Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
So excited for this book. It reminded me a lot of Dan Brown's books for adults. Where the excitement never stops. Where you find it hard to put it down because there are no breaks in the action. The writing is solid.
Kids are going to love this book.
The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
I adore Natalie's writing.
Hope you found some time to read this long weekend!