Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.
If you go to my Goodreads account, you can see what I have read recently & click on the books to learn more.
I finally finished the original version of Stamped From the Beginning the Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. It's more than 500 pages with small print, but it is definitely worth every minute spent. I had listened to the YA adaptation, Stamped, a few weeks ago. I listened to it again while I was reading the original and hopefully, with three exposures, I have absorbed some of the information. I am excited to share the YA adaption with teachers and portions of it with students. These are powerful books that encourage action.
I was seeking out some lighter fare this week too, so was happy to get my copy of The Chai Factor for #RamadanReadathon. It was an adult romantic comedy set in Toronto. I love to visit that part of the world so am always enjoying books set there. What I loved was that because it wasn't YA, I didn't have to look read it through the eyes of a reviewer so it was pure relaxation.
Even if the Sky Falls was also a romance with a share of humor though it also included a bit more of a struggle. As American as Paneer Pie was an ARC from the publisher and is a very nice middle grade about immigrant families and really does a good job at showing that there are multiple ways to be Indian American and that identity is important, but it is not the only significant thing about a person.
The picture books were good and my favorite was The Overground Railroad which was about The Great Migration. It seems to slowly be changing, but it really is amazing how many non-Black people are completely unaware of that huge part of U.S. history. Bears Make Rock Soup has some brief traditional tales alongside art. What caught my attention is that the author is an enrolled member of the Oneida of Wisconsin. There aren't very many books published by Native authors from Wi so that's one I'm happy to add to our library collection.
Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge 2019 - 226/500