Monday, January 15, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

One of my 2019 goals is to balance my reading life a bit. This week felt balance and I read some great books.  Thanks to Jen and Kellee for hosting this weekly event!


I know Mary Lee already wrote about LOVE here on the blog but if you have not read this book, buy it now--and buy one for everyone you know. This is an amazing book. I keep picking it up and reading it, seeing new things in the incredible illustrations. Matt de la Pena and Loren Long--WOW!


I am so happy I am making some time for more young adult reading in my life. I heard about Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu from Pernille Ripp and Donalyn Miller and I am so glad I read this one. What a great book--so many great characters and teen girls starting a feminist revolution, questioning things the way they've always been done in their high school.


Don't Forget Dexter by Lindsay Ward is a fun picture book for young readers. Dexter is a fun new character that loses his friend in the doctor's office. This is a fun story of Dexter looking for Jack. This book is filled with talking bubbles and humor and of course has a happy ending. I think Dexter is a new character that we'll be seeing more of. A great book for primary kids and I am keeping this one in mind for baby/toddler gifts too.

I am so glad to have received a copy of Festival of Colors by Surishtha Sehgal. This is a great addition to any classroom library.  This book is a celebration of Holi, the Indian festival of colors. It is simple story but the gorgeous illustrations and Author's Note make it a great one for any age.

A Refugee's Journey from Syria is another I read this week.  I learned about this series from Aliza Werner. So glad to know about it. This is the first book in the series that I read.  A few of my students have read it already too.  This is an incredible series that is well-written for middle grade students--packed with information and stories of refugees. I purchased a few more from the series for my classroom this week.

I also read two newish picture books about Malala. I am always looking for books that share important topics and issues with middle grade students.  These are two very different book about the important work of Malala and I am happy to add both of them to our classroom library.  Malala's Pencil and Malala: Activist for Girls' Education


11 comments:

  1. I shared Love today, too, and it is marvelous! Moxie is on my list and thanks for the book about Syria, a new title to me!

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  2. I've seen the Malala books but will have to look for the refugee series. I really need titles about Bhutan and Nepal.

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  3. Love is getting lots of love lately, as well it should! Beautiful book. I read one of the Malala books, but not the other so I'll have to look for it.

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  4. I've pretty much determined that I must purchase Love this week. Luckily Kidsbooks, our local children's book store is having a sale this week.

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  5. I read Malala"s Magic Pencil and it stirred up several rich conversations in our classroom. Several readers reserved other books to learn more about her.

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  6. Malala's Magic Pencil is a favourite of mine - among all the PBBs on Malala that I've read thus far.

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  7. And yes, I just bought Love by Matt de la Pena! :)

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