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.
Two of my favorites of the week were the middle-grade books The Secret Hum of a Daisy and The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. The Secret Hum deals with grief and family and the Grand Plan was friendship and humor so they were two opposites, but both kept me glued to the pages.
Three picture books really spoke to me - Bird, Hiromi's Hands (biography) and Jacob's New Dress. Bird was another book dealing with grief and family. Hiromi's Hands was a fantastic biography that highlights the immigrant experience and places value on maintaining heritage while learning to be part of the new culture. It also shows how gender roles can change. Jacob's New Dress was a great book that would be affirming for anyone who feels that they are different in some way, but especially if they are kids that don't conform to the mainstream gender norms. It would also be a great book for any student.
Yes! We Are Latinos doesn't easily fit into a category. It's another of those hybrid books with poetry and non-fiction text paired together. It was also history. I loved hearing from different voices that showed the diversity to be found within the Latino umbrella term.
The Coming Week:
I am less than an hour away from finishing A Lion Among Men so I will be finishing it soon. I think that is the last one that I will listen to from that series because they have become progressively boring. I enjoyed the character Yackle, but otherwise, I was not impressed. I started The Great Greene Heist and will be finishing it this week also. Have a great week filled with plenty of reading.