Jen & Kellee over at Teach Mentor Texts host a meme every Monday that invites people to share the children's and young adult books they have been reading over the past week and what they plan on reading the following week.
I only managed one middle grade novel this week, but it was excellent so it should be worth several. I finally got to read Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead. It has many things to wonder about throughout.
This book is a fantastic example of a journal for young writers. Bits of poetry, lists, sketches, all show thoughts of the writer.
A topic that seems to be coming up often recently is bullying. I found these first-hand accounts powerful. They are accompanied by excellent thought provoking discussion questions that would be perfect for classroom use.
I really enjoyed getting to hear the voices of these outstanding illustrators as they discussed their work. There were many fun tidbits.
I experienced a treat today. I got to meet Sarah A.K.A. @pageintraining at the CCBC in Madison. We spent time sharing thoughts about books, reading, and getting to know each other in person since we have only met before on Twitter and Skype. While there, we were able to preview many non-fiction titles and read a few picture books.
Vote for Me! is a humorous look at what some candidates seem to do to get a vote. Several jokes that adults would get, but many children would miss without help from adults.
This was a cute little book that includes a bit about bullying. The monster loses the capital 'M' and becomes a simple Onster instead. This causes the other Monsters to ostracize the Onster. All is not lost though.
For the Coming Week:
I will continue to read The Bronze Bow for the Nerdbery Challenge and will hopefully read a few more Caldecotts. I also want to finish Real Revision. I got Fig Pudding from the public library and will give it a go too. Happy reading!