It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. The best way to grow your TBR list!
My favourite picture books of the week
If You Listen written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Stefano Vitale
How do you know someone is with you even when they are not physically there? A little girl needs reassurance from her mother about how to cope with missing her Dad who is no longer with her. Did he pass away? Has he left the family? It isn’t clarified. The important aspects of the story are how to deal with loss, grief and acceptance of love (whether immediate or far away). First published in 1980 and redone in 2002 with these gorgeous illustrations.
Once Upon a Balloon written by Bree Galbraith and illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
An intriguing story about imagination, sibling dynamics and an act of kindness. This title explores the land of “what if” and the power of belief just as much as it celebrates the story telling whims of an older brother who knows he has a captive audience in his younger sibling. The ending brings an entire other aspect to this story and allows the reader to think about what it is to be kind and compassionate.
Awesome Book of Love! by Dallas Clayton
Love, love, love. Not any one kind in particular but simply love that is huge and all encompassing. My favourite line?
“or just being around when the others have gone or about letting go when you want to hold on.”
A true celebration of love.
Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Set by the lake in Tanzania, a mother speaks this lullaby to her child as they see father off in the morning and greet him again at the end of a busy day. Vividly illustrated. A story of routine, daily chores and family love.
Tippy-Tippy-Tippy Splash! written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Candace Fleming has such fun with language in this story of Mr. McGreely and his annoyance with the rabbits that make him so angry. Always trying to better these “wily twitchwhiskers” Mr. McGreely finds himself always outdone. Finally, he figures out a way to work with rather than against these “flop eared” foes. Silly and fun, a sequel to Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
Moonday by Adam Rex
Absolutely odd. Stunning illustrations. It will either work for people or it won’t. The cover enchanted me and I felt persuaded to come along on Rex’s imaginative journey asking, “What if the moon ended up perched in your backyard?”
Samsara Dog written by Helen Manos and illustrated by Julie Vivas
Not necessarily a picture book for younger children. Emotional and thoughtful. Based on Buddhist concepts of Samsara and Nirvana, this story tells the tale of a dog who lives many lives, learning and growing in each of them. Finally, he lives the life that allows him to feel deeply, to know much and to give fully.
Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill
Amazing nonfiction – Shackleton’s story of the Endurance’s attempted voyage to Antarctica. Uniquely illustrated by Grill. This book is ironically a book about exploration that needs to be explored for its every detail. Read this aloud to my children (who are eleven) and we were all captivated. I had to own this book as soon as I heard about it and was in no way disappointed.
I finished two novels and am now avidly reading Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
This was a #MustReadin2014 title
Vulnerable. Beautiful. Sad and full of grief while at the same time magical and full of hope. What a story.
Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin
I don’t know where to start with this book. The reader must suspend belief and be transported by the sweet song of a young girl and the power of a beautiful voice to heal so much that is wrong. A book full of many examples of choices with huge consequences. Hauntingly beautiful. A story about the power of grief to overwhelm and surround us. Full of so many different kinds of moments- worrisome, sweet and lovely, angst filled. Upper middle grade. Highly recommended.
Next up? After finishing Golden Boy, I plan to begin A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
Reading Goal updates:
2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 38/100 novels complete
Goodeads Challenge: 249/650 books read
#MustReadin2014: 16/30 complete
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 63/65 complete