It's Monday! What are you reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. Jen Vincent over at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye from Unleashing Readers decided to put a children's and YA spin on it and they invite anyone with an interest to join in. You can participate by creating your post then visit one of their sites to add your site. Finally, visit at least three participant blogs and comment to spread the love.
If you want to know more about what I am reading, visit me at my Goodreads shelf. Images via Goodreads unless otherwise noted.
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Wolfsnail is so incredible. I have read it with students and they love it. This is a fantastic way to introduce narrative non-fiction. The picture books were great too. Elephant and Piggie have such amusing facial expressions and they are so perfectly child-like. I am so glad that Mr. Schu and Colby Sharp had this idea. I am loving it every week and of course loving their videos about the books.
Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction
These were all a lot of fun. My Basmati Bat Mitzvah, First Daughter and The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond were both contemporary coming of age novels with interesting characters. I totally enjoyed them. Grasshopper Jungle was an experience that cannot be explained, but was amazing. Death Spiral is an engrossing mystery and I will review it over on Rich in Color sometime soon. Killer of Enemies was a fantastic steampunk story that I loved. It was an excellent batch of reading this week.
I love that in the month of April we are reminded to seek out poetry. I hope that I continue this habit. I enjoyed Dare to Dream the most of all of these. I think it was because it is a mix of biography and poetry. Also, the focus is on inspirational people. Birmingham, 1963 was very moving and I also appreciated the poems around thankfulness in Giving Thanks.
Early Chapter Books
These images are from the publisher's website. I just got these in the mail this week. Both of the books were written by Hmong authors. I am always on the lookout for more books that represent the Hmong community. I wrote a post about that over at the Nerdybookclub blog this week. These are great additions to our library because the qeej is an instrument that I know one of our students plays and many of our Hmong students have likely seen and heard it played before. Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon shares Hmong culture, but more than that it is a fun story that also happens to delve into gender roles. I am excited to share these with my students.
I am listening to A Lion Among Men on a Playaway when walking the dog or doing other tasks. The Fire Chronicle is the CD in my car. Diversity in Youth Literature will likely take a few weeks because I am just reading a bit at a time. I had been avoiding This Star Won't Go Out because I didn't want to cry, but I told my students I would finish it over spring break so I am determined to get it done - tears or no tears. Next up is Caminar and then who knows? I still have two days of Spring Break so will just keep reading. Happy reading to you!