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. You are guaranteed to find something new to add to your list.
I read many picture books this week. These were my favourites: Wave by Suzy Lee If you have ever spent time at the beach with a little one, this wordless book will enchant you. It instantly evoked memories of watching my children race waves – all the excitement, fear and wonder expressed in their movements and expressions. Love. What do you do with an idea? written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mac Besom I placed this on a picture book wish list because it is just so . . . Let’s call it a celebration of imagination and a Must Have/Must Own/Must Share title. Now, don’t you want it too? The Fly by Elise Gravel I’ve said it once or twice this week at least. But I will say it again – pretty certain that this Disgusting Critters series is going to cause a nonfiction commotion in my classroom this fall. Nonfiction facts housed in a “fiction like” reader. Hilarious and amusing along with informative. Flies are irksome. Read this and find them a little bit charming. Inside my Imagination written by Marta Artega and illustrated by Zuzanna Celej Gorgeous illustrations – whimsical journey into an imagination landscape Favourite line: “Then the words all hold each other’s hands.” Would be a great mentor text to use as a springboard for writing: What would happen if you could walk around in your imagination? What would you see? What is it like? Hannah’s Night by Komako Sakai I like this for many reasons. Here are three: the moody blues and darks in the illustrations, the middle of the night courage of a little night explorer stretching her independent spirit and the snuggly last page. Stephen and the Beetle written by Jorge Lujan and illustrated by Chiara Carrer Ethics anyone? Love books that prompt philosophical discussion. Should you squash that beetle? Or should you wonder about it instead? Truly wild illustrations which you will really like or won’t. I am in the first camp. Caged Birds of Phnom Penh written by Frederick Lipp and illustrated by Ronald Himler I discovered this title on the amazing blog Gathering Books (where I often uncover books I might have missed). It is a story of vulnerability and hope of a better life. Ary wants to release a caged bird in order to set her wishes free. But, the experience is not what she first anticipated. Powerful. Djanjo: World’s Greatest Jazz Guitarist by Bonnie Christensen I just learned about this title from the Schneider Family Book Award Blog Tour and was thrilled to read another picture book biography and as always, learn so much. This time about guitarist Djanjo Reinhardt. Told in free verse and saturated oil paintings, we learn about how Djanjo taguht himself to play the guitar again after his hands were injured in a fire. My New Friend is So Fun by Mo Willems Does every Elephant & Piggie title need to come live in my classroom collection? Yep. A friendship theme as always – but really heavy on the friendship angst in this one.
I also read The Riverman by Aaron Starmer Wild. Creepy. Unsettling. Dark. But so, so well written. It is where your imagination takes you that makes everyone’s reading of this novel so unique. Whoa. Borders on YA – only for some MG readers. Turns out it is the first in a trilogy but has a stand alone feel. Next up? Well my twitter feed sums it up nicely: