Well, here we are; it's Monday again. Time to check in with hosts Jen From Mentor Texts and Kellee and Rickie from Unleashing Readers, to find out what bloggers around the world are reading this week.
I managed to find time to get some blog posts done this week. I reviewed a couple of novels (see below) and talked about a strategy for getting readers more involved in recommending books to other readers. We call this student starred books.
I've been reading lots of picture books this week, but I'm only talking about two that fit perfectly into one of our school's learning teams focusing on social responsibility.
f You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
This book. This book gave me shivers and left me with tears in my eyes. I was expecting something about agriculture. It is, kind of, but it's about growing whole new kinds of communities and changing the world. The sparse words and glorious illustrations took my breath away.
This is one of those books that you want to read to children and ensure you have time for profound conversations. I like some of the ideas. It begins, ironically, with, The opposite of rules is Anarchy! and then goes on to give ways (that sound like rules to me) for how to be an anarchist.
All of these are laudable no matter what. The most interesting conversations will arise from some of the other pages wherein, for me at least, they beg to ask, but what about people around us? What is the difference between right and wrong and how can we know?
Bird by Crystal Chan
I just finished this book Sunday, before last weeks post. I adored it so much I had to blog about it.
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
I have never finished one of Nielsen's books without feeling completely satisfied. This one is no different.
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson narrated by Kim Mai Guest
It didn't take long for me to be grabbed and held captive by Piper's voice and story. She lives in a world where constant meteor storms bring all kinds of refuse from other places. She dreams of escaping the town she is in and getting a job as a machinist somewhere else. In the mean time, she goes out after these storms in search of salvageable debris to sell. Then she finds Anna, a young girl who has been injured in a storm. She brings her home and within hours both of them are on the run from a dangerous man.
I liked so much about this steampunk, science fiction book. I can't wait to get a copy for our library! I'll definitely read more by Jaleigh Johnson.
Currently I'm listening to The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. (It's so much more than I anticipated) I'm reading Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger on my device and Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked by Jarret. J. Krosocka as an old fashioned book.
I'm trying to get on top of my to read list, as I suspect Carrie Gelson is going to want updates soon. (I've only got 22 of 58 completed) So whatever I read next, it will probably be at least one or two of those. I'll just have to see what arrives from the library as well.