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
Matt Tavares is at it again with another fantastic picture book biography. Check it out here.
Imagination is such a powerful thing - love this new picture book about imagination and picture books!
Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee
I don't have any tattoos. I don't have a desire for any tattoos. I've got to believe that most people who go into a tattoo shop, are getting their ink design for a specific reason. And so many of them walk out with these beautiful displays of art. I love that the dad in this story shares with his son the stories of his tattoos. I love that they mean something and it's something special he shares with his child. Eliza Wheeler captured the words in her illustrations perfectly.
Don't Call Me Grandma by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
I enjoyed reading this prickly great-grandmother's relationship with her doting granddaughter. The author did a great job of showing us great-grandma's characteristics.
Grandad's Island by Benji Davies
Beautiful story, but heartbreakingly sad. I had no idea it was a book about death. I think it was very well written because it wasn't a hit you over the head book about death, it's one that can open the discussion that a loved one is now in a better place, and it's ok to miss them and think about them.
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper
I absolutely have readers for this series. The pen drawings make it unique and I enjoyed the integration of Spanish throughout the book. Looking forward to book 2!
Transitional Chapter Books
Cody and the Fountain of Happiness by Tricia Springstubb
I've owned this book for awhile and I wish I had gotten to it sooner. This is the kind of transitional chapter book that is perfect for kids who aren't quite ready for middle grade. I loved Cody and her big brother, Wyatt, and I loved GG, the neighbor. The story is quiet, which could make it too slow for some striving readers, but I'm going to do my best to book talk this series (yes, there is a second one that just came out!) and get it into hands of readers.
The Witches of Benevento: Mischief Season by John Bemelmans Marciano
This book started out slowly, then slowly picked up, then ended with a big cliffhanger! My 5th grade daughter read it very quickly and told me how much she loved it and wanted to the 2nd one. I had only read a few pages and was surprised she enjoyed it as much as she did. But once I got well into it, I can see her enjoyment. This is another one that I think will need some front loading for readers - explaining life in Italy in the 1800s, giving some vocabulary, especially for the name of the supernatural spirits (it's not a scary story) and a little bit of the characters. Once they're hooked, I think they will enjoy the series.
And the illustrations are by Sophie Blackall. That helped for me!
Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
I'm not going to say much because I have a blog post about this book. It won't go live until September because the book isn't released until October 18. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and preorder it. It's fantastic. It will break your heart and then slowly put it back together. But this book isn't for you and me, it's for kids. Kids who need this book. Kids who need to understand the Mollys that are in their class.
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
I really enjoyed this story, told in alternating chapters. It was fun to meet the two characters and see their stories collide. Great message about not making assumptions.
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
This is my April #mustreadin2016. I added this one to my list because my good friends Jason Lewis and Kristen Picone have raved about it! And my 10yo gave it two thumbs up!
Happy Spring Reading to all!