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.
Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder
A celebration of all kinds of bodies, this book is positive and affirming. The rhyming text and the bright, detailed illustrations give the book a joyful feel. The book explores an important message about embracing one's uniqueness and also promotes inclusivity.
If You Were an Elephant by Leslie Staub and illustrated by Richard Jones
By helping readers imagine themselves as elephants, this book provides information about the fascinating creature. Readers will learn lots about what an elephant does and how it lives, but also that they are smart and caring animals. The text and illustrations are both beautiful.
Fetch! (Peanut, Butter, and Crackers) by Paige Braddock
My students loved the first graphic novel about Peanut, Butter, and Crackers so they'll be pleased to see there's a second in the series. When Peanut starts dog school and is mistreated by the other dogs, his dog and cat siblings are there to help him out. Very cute.
Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence
Jenna is a seventh grader whose parents have divorced and she has just broken up with her boyfriend. As she navigates the school year and adjusts to her family life, she learns the importance of letting others in. This is a fun read that middle school students will be able to relate to. Thanks to the publisher for providing by book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advanced reader's copy. The book publishes in August.
My first professional read of the summer was Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Supporting Our Immigrant and Refugee Children Through the Power of Reading by Don Vu. You can read my thoughts about the book here.