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.
Hair Twins by Raakhee Mirchandani and illustrated by Holly Hatam
This sweet, fun story is about a father and daughter, who are Sikh, and the special relationship they have as a result of a shared tradition in which they help each other take care of their hair. The text is poetic and the illustrations are filled with joy.
I'm On It! (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading) by Andrea Tsurumi and Mo Willems
Goat shows Frog the many things he can do and Frog tries to outdo him. While Goat seems to be graceful and confident, the game quickly gets out of hand for Frog. This is an entertaining, funny, and clever story. I think it will be a hit with early readers.
Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You adapted by Sonja Cherry-Paul, written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi and illustrated by Rachelle Baker
Written for middle graders, this book introduces readers to the history of racism. The style is conversational and presents powerful and complex ideas in an accessible way for the intended audience. An important book.