If you go to my Storygraph account, you can see what I have read recently & click on the books to learn more.
Last Week in Books:
Talking is Not My Thing - this is a sweet story featuring animals with a main character who is nonverbal or shy.
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox features a child wearing various masks and accessories that portray many animals along with characteristics that the child shares with that animal. This is written by an Indigenous author.
The First Fire: A Cherokee Story - in this story, many different animals attempt to retrieve fire, but only one is successful and it is not who you might expect.
Sugar in Milk is a lovely retelling of how Persian Zoroastrian's came to be in India. I feel like I have just read this story or a similar one somewhere else, but maybe I saw an ARC and just forgot to record that I read it. Who knows.
Sisters of the Neversea is a great Peter Pan retelling by Cynthia Leitich Smith. It makes some headway into righting some of the wrongs perpetuated again Native characters in the original.
Be Not Far From Me is a great survival story that I read for the adult YA book group I attend. It was pretty riveting.
Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel was excellent. I'm not sure which version I prefer because I think the emotional impact is pretty intense on a first read and I read the other book first.
A Taste for Love is a fun Pride & Prejudice retelling that features baking and lots and lots of boba. I'll be doing a formal review at the end of the week over at Rich in Color.
Serena Singh Flips the Script - I've read one other book by this author and then I heard an author chat with her on Books and Boba so I had to find this one. It was an enjoyable rom-com and also had a character on the cover wearing glasses - yay! I really loved the friendship storyline here too.
Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy is for anyone who teaches and wants to do better. Teachers - especially white teachers - too often look at students with deficit thinking. Here Muhammad reminds us that teaching is more about seeing and cultivating the genius or the strengths that students already have within them. She encourages teachers to look to the history of Black literacy in the U.S. as a model for what we could be doing across grades and across content areas. I know I'll be reading and re-reading and sharing this book many times over.
The Coming Week:
I'm still listening to Dahlia Adler's new anthology That Way Madness Lies via Librofm. I have a huge pile of books from the library and don't know exactly which ones I will pick up next. Have a great week!