Monday, August 26, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. To find out what other bloggers are reading, check out the host blogs or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen

A boy, with a wild imagination, describes his dream school. Many kids will love reading about this fantasy school that is more like a fun park. This book should definitely spark kids' creativity as they imagine their own ideas for the perfect school. It'll be a fun read for the beginning of the school year.

Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer

This book, with text in English and Spanish, tells of the miraculous journey of one monarch butterfly as it migrates to Mexico. It's lyrical and beautiful. The author's note at the end gives more insight into the migration of these butterflies and, also, their importance in our world. Thanks to Nancy Paulsen Books for sending my book review group, #BookExcursion, a review copy.

Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All by Bob Shea

Unicorn wants his classmates to pay more attention to him, so he comes up with a plan to be the most fantastic unicorn his school has ever seen. Instead of standing out, he ends up being rather annoying. Luckily, Unicorn has true friends who help him see that he only has to be his magical self.

I Survived The Great Molasses Flood, 1919 by Lauren Tarshis

I have not read an I Survived book in quite some time, but I was eager for this one since The Great Molasses Flood is a historic event that my students always find fascinating when they learn about it. Because it happened in Boston, my students also find the connection to our state interesting. Many students enjoy reading the I Survived books and look forward to each new one, so I am planning to book talk this one at the beginning of the year.

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

This story, inspired by Filipino folklore, is an adventurous and magical fantasy about a courageous twelve-year-old who takes a journey to save her mother and her island. I have read a few other books by Erin Entrada Kelly and this one is very different and there are definitely some dark parts, but it's unique and engaging. The book publishes in September.

11 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to see a new Erin Entrada Kelly book! Can't wait to get that one. I have to confess that I'd never heard of the great molasses flood and had to go Google. All i can say is WOW. That's one of the most bizarre stories I've ever heard of! I have a feeling my college students would pick the I Survived book up if I book talked it!

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    1. The Great Molasses Flood is a fascinating story - it almost sounds unbelievable!

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  2. I really want to read Lalani of the Distant Sea when it comes out. It sounds so good! I think If I Built a School would appeal to my preschooler, we'll have to check out a library copy. Have a great week.

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    1. If I Built a School has great illustrations, too - you're preschooler will probably enjoy them.

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  3. Kelly's new "Lalani of the Distant Sea" sounds good, and I will also look for Senorita Mariposa, Lisa, looks beautiful. The I Survived series is a favorite asked for often at my bookstore, but we have very few that come in the donations. This molasses flood is a fascinating story. Thanks!

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    1. I like that the I Survived books are adventurous, but they also teach young readers something about history.

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  4. Like other's here, I am looking forward to this new Erin Entrada Kelly title. After reading about this I Survived book, I had to go and read about the great molasses flood! Wow!

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    1. The Great Molasses Flood is a fascinating story, but tragic, too. It's hard to imagine such a thing!

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  5. That book does sound different from Erin Entrada Kelly's other titles, but also interested. I have been needing to get Bob Shea's new Unicorn book as well as the I Survived book and If I Built a School. Those were on my radar but I needed this reminder. Thanks for the great post!

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  6. I'm very much looking forward to Lalani of the Distant Sea -- adding that one to my list right away! Thanks for all these lovely reviews, Lisa. I hope you have a wonderful reading week!

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  7. Great descriptions on the books you are reading! "Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All" stood out to me for some reason. It sounds like a very good book and I am excited to see if I can find it. I had never heard of the great molasses flood either and WOW! I cannot believe I never heard of it. I would be excited to see how your book talk goes.

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