Monday January 19th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. This week, the photo I love best was taken during Reading Workshop on Friday. Everyone was so excited to get down to reading. These girls all settled on the carpet reading various comics and picture books. Two girls are engaged in an animated discussion about Sam & Dave Dig a Big Hole. Lots of books. Lots of book love.

Monday January 19th, 2015  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

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. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.


Favourites of the week:

Are You Awake? by Sophie Blackall

This book is all about adorable little child questions that happen when there should be sleeping. From the Mom’s perspective, oh dear, go to sleep little one. From the reader’s point of view? Pure delight. And I adore Sophie Blackall‘s work, so = extra great!

Are you awake? Monday January 19th, 2015  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Camel in the Sun written by Griffin Ondaatje and illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber 

Not sure where to begin with this book. Such an emotional and serious read. A beautiful book all around. Themes of kindness, compassion and empathy. More suited for older readers/listeners. Although, in an interactive read aloud, younger listeners could manage it. A fable of sorts.

Camel in the Sun Monday January 19th, 2015  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Gus & Me The Story of My Grandad and my First Guitar written by Keith Richards and illustrated by Theodora Richards 

I was seriously skeptical with this one. Musician writes a children book . . . and his daughter illustrates it . . . ? But, actually, this was a lovely title. The text was well done. I really liked some of the illustrations – especially the guitar atop the piano page. And, it has so many elements I love in a picture book – a relationship between generations, family connections, special memories. Well done, Mr. Richards.

Gus & Me Monday January 19th, 2015  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Priscilla and the Hollyhocks written by Anne Broyles and illustrated by Anna Alter 

This is the story of Priscilla, a young slave, who is sold to a Cherokee family and then must walk with them along the “Trail of Tears” when they are relocated. Hollyhock flowers represent a link to her childhood memories of family and her mother. An important historical read.

Priscilla-and-the-Hollyhocks- Monday January 19th, 2015  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

My Blue is Happy written by Jessica Young and illustrated by Catia Chien

This book almost leaps about shouting, “Don’t you want to use me for a writing activity prompt? You do, don’t you?” Yep, yes I do! I fell quickly for this book exploring the emotions of colour, asking us to look at typical colour feelings from another perspective. And, wow, Catia Chien is impressing me at every turn. Gorgeous illustrations.

My Blue is Happy Monday January 19th, 2015  #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I also read two novels:

How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied by Jess Keating

Captures the intensity of this middle school age – the navigating the social world, the figuring out of who one is with lots of humour, surprises, embarrassment and joy. As my daughter, who happens to be 12, and have a twin brother, said “this book is so real.” Ana is a character you will want to keep reading.I will definitely be picking up Jess Keating’s next novel and soon!

How to Outrun a Crocodile when Your Shoes are Untied

Going Over by Beth Kephart 

I am not sure if this book spoke to me so intensely because I have read so much literature set in Central/Eastern Europe. Or because I lived in what was once Czechoslovakia from 1990 to 1992 just after the wall went down in a small town that really was slow to “westernize”and shake off Communist influences. All of that is part of it. A lot of it is that Kephart is so ridiculously talented. This is a story and a piece of art. I can see reading this book over and over because it is so very, very rich in imagery and emotion. It is painful. It is beautiful. It is haunting. Loved this book. And I haven’t even touched the plot. Just go. Find it. Read it. Let the images swirl about. Be with these characters. Fall into this time. What an experience.

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Next up? Reading another title from my #MustReadin2015 list The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 4/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 26/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 3/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 4/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 2/50 books read


32 thoughts on “Monday January 19th, 2015

  1. Lots of new PB here for me! I’m glad you liked Croc – I thought the writing was so good, and witty! I love that your daughter can relate to Ana! Her next one is good too 🙂
    Going Over looks really good, I added that one to the list too!

  2. Going Over looks absolutely stunning. I have enjoyed every book I have read by Kephart, so I was excited to see this one. I will put it on my list! Enjoy The Sky is Everywhere. I loved that book. 🙂

  3. I ordered Going Over from the library, Carrie, and The Camel In The Sun. I have a student studying Islam, & she will love that picture book! Thanks for these two, and for all the rest too.

  4. So many beautiful books Carrie. I’m looking forward to reading Priscilla and the Hollyhocks, as I’ve been introduced recently to the conflict between the Cherokee and their Freedmen who were granted tribal citizenship after emancipation. I’m also fascinated by anything to do with the Trail of Tears.

  5. Going Over is sitting on my shelf! I got an ARC at NCTE a couple of years ago and never read it. Must remedy that very soon! The Camel in the Sun has an incredible intriguing cover–just gorgeous! I agree with you about Sophie Blackall–I love all things Sophie Blackall. I had been skeptical about the Keith Richards book too but now will look for it. It’s just the kind of children’s book my library will purchase (book by celebrity. SIGH. I wish I could be in charge of library purchasing for the juvenile section!) so I won’t have to look very far! I had fully planned to participate in #VirtualBookClub but couldn’t get the book read in time. I am reading it now however (the Jess Keating) and enjoying it.

    • I know – the celebrity thing is an immediate yikes for me. But I read a few things on Goodreads that were positive. I passed it over for a few weeks at the library and then grabbed it. Have you read other titles by Kephart? LOVE her!

  6. I’m especially curious about Camel in the Sun.
    I loved Croc, and I really liked How to Outswim a Shark without a Snorkel. I think your 12 year old’s estimation is spot on!

  7. So I think there is something wrong with me because I just didn’t connect with Going Over the way I so desperately wanted to. Berlin is my favorite city in the entire world, and I just couldn’t find Berlin anywhere in the story. I mean, it was there, but it just didn’t come alive for me. I was hoping it would come alive the same way Prague came alive for me in Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

    I felt the exact same skepticism you did about Gus and Me, but in the end, it got me a little choked up. Did you listen to the CD with it? I LOVED that there was musical accompaniment with little riffs from Malaguena in the audio track that Richards narrates. It brought the story alive that much more.

    My Blue is Happy is definitely a title I will be seeking out this week.

    • I love Berlin too – although I have only visited when wall was still up. 1988. So . . . this book spoke to me not about the city and what it feels like to walk down its streets. This book spoke to me of a time in this period in history – that I “tasted” from the outskirts – of fear, of rules, of choices and desperation. Reading this book has my head spinning from memories and flashbacks of stories shared with me. I really loved it. But different books strike us differently for different reasons – never a need to think we are wrong for our feelings!

  8. I just pinned several titles from your post. Going Over sounds absolutely lovely – spent a bit of time in Prague several years back and fell in love with the place. Camel in the Sun also sounds like a title I should ask our librarian to purchase. Thank you so much for the book love here. Love the photos you share each week! 🙂

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