Every Monday, I share books I have recently read. I also participate in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, 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, Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers, or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.
Monday, September 14, 2020
Monday, September 7, 2020
It's Not Little Red Riding Hood by Josh Funk and illustrated by Edwardian Taylor
I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James
I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott and illustrated by Sydney Smith
Puppy Problems (Peanut, Butter, & Crackers Book 1) by Paige Braddock
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team by Christina SoontornvatThe rescue of the Thai Boys’ soccer team is a fascinating story. The book tells of the amazing collaboration and dedication that made it possible. Even though I remembering watching the story on the news and was aware of the outcome, I found the details of this heroic effort gripping. There is lots of insight into the culture of Thailand, too. Thanks to Candlewick for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy. The book publishes in October.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker and illustrated by April Harrison
Share Your Rainbow: 18 Artists Draw Their Hope for the Future by various authors with Introduction by R. J. Palacio
Mindy Kim and the Birthday Puppy (Mindy Kim #3) by Lyla Lee and illustrated by Dung Ho Hanh
Pea, Bee, & Jay #1: Stuck Together by Brian "Smitty" Smith
Three Keys (A Front Desk Novel) by Kelly Yang
Monday, August 24, 2020
Jules vs. the Ocean by Jessie Sima
The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by John Parra
Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Juana Martinez-NealSwashby retires to a cottage near the sea where he enjoys the quiet and serenity until a girl and her granny move in next door. He tries to discourage their neighborliness with messages in the sand, but the girl and the sea have other ideas. This is a sweet and clever story.
Speak Up by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Ebony Glenn
Story Boat by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh
Tune it Out by Jamie Sumner
Adult Book Recommendation
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon by Simran Jeet Singh and illustrated by Baljinder Kaur
Sharing stories with children in which individuals overcome adversity and exhibit resilience and perseverance has always been important. These stories show children how others have coped with challenges and provide them with possibilities for their own lives. The COVID-19 pandemic, and all the stress and uncertainty that is associated with it, is impacting all lives including that of our children. As we strive to support children's social-emotional well-being sharing such stories is even more necessary.
Fauja Singh Keeps Going is a picture book biography with an amazing story of perseverance. Fauja faced difficulties walking as he wasn't able to do so until he was five and then even after being able to do so was not able to walk very far distances. Throughout his life, he continuously worked on becoming stronger and being able to do more than he was previously capable of. When Fauja was in his eighties he decided to take up running and eventually became the oldest person to run a marathon at the age of one hundred.
Fauja's inspiring story offers life lessons about how to face challenges and keep going even when things seem hard. Now more than ever, we want our children to understand that it's possible to move forward in the face of obstacles and this book provides a wonderful example of how to do that.
Monday, August 17, 2020
Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina and illustrated by Sonia SánchezThis is a heartfelt and beautiful story that captures the bond between two friends and the emotions of the last moments as it's time to say good-bye when one friend moves away. I found the last page particularly touching. Thanks to the publisher, Candlewick, for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy. The book publishes in September.
Love is Powerful by Heather Dean Brewer and illustrated by LeUyen PhamThis book tells the story, inspired by real life, of Mari who participates in a Women's March and learns that her voice matters. It's an empowering book with a much needed and always timely message. Thanks to the publisher for a review copy. The book publishes in September.
Memoirs of a Tortoise by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim BowersOliver, an eighty-year old tortoise tells about his life with his eighty-year old human companion, Ike, throughout each month of the year. The year brings joy, sadness, and change. This is a moving story about loss and the importance of spending time with loved ones.
Tad by Benji DaviesTad is the smallest of the tadpoles and all his brothers and sisters are growing up faster than him. When all the others have left the pond, Tad is left to fend for himself and keep away from Big Blub, the big, mean fish lurking in the dark waiting to eat him. This is a very sweet story illustrating the life cycle of a frog with a message that everyone grows and learns at their own pace.
Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley and illustrated by Xavier Bonet
Adult Reading Recommendation
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa GyasiI have been eagerly awaiting this book since I consider the author's Homegoing is one of my favorite books. As in her first book, Yaa Gyasi's writing is stunning. She explores important and timely topics including the immigrant experience, opioid addiction, and mental illness. The story is heart-wrenching, but thought-provoking, as well. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a digital review copy. The book publishes in September.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Penny and the Plain Piece of Paper by Miri Leshem-Pelly
Some picture books leave me in complete awe of the author's creativity and imagination. Penny and the Plain Piece of Paper is such a book.
Penny is bored living on her plain piece of paper, so she walks off and goes on a journey to explore other types of paper. She discovers different papers, such as a newspaper, wrapping paper, and a page from a coloring book, but they all have rules that don't suit her. Returning to her own piece of paper, she realizes she doesn't have to conform to the rules of others, but can create her own.
This is a clever story with many aspects that will amuse readers. Illustrations show Penny walking off a piece of paper and, when turning the page, landing on a different type of paper. Penny herself is a unique creation, appearing as if someone used different colored crayons to draw her. Her interactions with the characters on the different types of paper, such as when she keeps encountering children on the wrapping paper who repeat the same thing over and over again (because they are part of the pattern) add humor to the book.
In addition to being an imaginative story, there is an important message about belonging and being oneself. This book will be fun to read aloud, but I also think it will spark some great conversations.
Thanks to the publisher for providing by book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy.