Welcome readers! It's #IMWAYR time again, when bloggers share what they have been reading and find out what others have been up to. Kathryn hosts the adult version of this meme at Book Date. Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers host the kidlit rendition. These are fabulous places to start your search for what to read next.
Clicking on the title will take you to the Goodreads page of the book.
Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd June 13, 2020 🍁
This board book is a perfect example of what happens when rhyming poetry works in a picture book. Children will love the bright illustrations and the sounds that nature makes.
The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael López (Illustrator)
Grumpy Unicorn: Why Me? by Joey Spiotto September 03, 2019
I read this with my granddaughter. It didn't do much for either of us. Maybe I'm to old and she's too young.
We Shall Overcome by Bryan Collier (Illustrations) December 28, 2021
Collier's artwork gives new meaning and power to this classic song. I made a few connections while reading the book, but was happy to have more pointed out to me in the notes in the back matter.
The Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear & Gracey Zhang (Illustrator) November 16, 2021 🍁
My Two Border Towns by David Bowles & Erika Meza (Illustrator) Sepember 07, 2021
A boy and his father travel across the border to the town next to it. They have a list of things to purchase and spend some time visiting family. I was completely surprised by the stop on the way home that put much of the purchases of the day into perspective.
A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young July 05, 2016
Lucy sees an ad for a unicorn - only 25 cents, and sends in her order. While she waits she fantasizes about all the things she will do when it arrives. When Sparkle arrives, he isn't exactly what she expected. "He had spots. His ears were too long. He smelled funny. Oh, and he had fleas." On top of all this, he has a propensity for eating everything nearby. He does not act like a unicorn at all. She decides to send him back. Of course, Sparkle, a very special kind of unicorn, ends up worming his way into her heart.
Bowwow Powwow : Bagosenjige-niimi'idim by Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder (Illustrator) & Gordon Jourdain (Translator) May 01, 2018 🍁
This bilingual picture book (English and Ojibwa) educates readers about Powwows. It's told through the perspective of Windy Girl and her pet, Itchy dog. Uncle tells her stories about Powows and she finally gets to experience one. In the evening she dreams of dogs participating in the different kinds of dances. The cartoonish art is bold and full of joy.
Princess Hair by Sharee Miller
I read this with my 4 1/2 year old granddaughter. We loved the different kinds of hairstyles highlighted for black girls. Like her father and mother, she has straight hair. Unpacking this book required me explaining that most black children have very very curly hair and these are styles for them. We both wished we could do some of these styles with our own locks.
I think I have become a fan of this series of nonfiction for young readers.
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator) May 9th 2006
The grandkids are fans of Mercy Watson. So am I.
Mercy ends up trying to take control of Mr Watson's convertible while Mr Watson is driving it. Disaster is averted with the aid of Baby Lincoln, who stowed aboard in search of adventure and folly.
I would certainly purchase this book for my Canadian school library. Some of the other books in this series focus primarily on American history, but this one is global in its scope. I appreciated the humour in spite of the essentially dark subject matter. The last section on covid is really well done.
The book is full of all kinds of nonfiction text features that make the book a pleasure to read and add to the understanding of the topics.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo & Emily Woo Zeller (Narrator) January 19, 2021
I am in awe of how Malinda Lo has integrated real people and historic events into this gripping historical fiction.
I had to stop reading every once in a while because I was terrified of what would happen to Lily Hu should she get caught at the Telegraph Club. Mostly, I couldn't stop listening.
I loved this so much I'm desperately hoping for a sequel!
The Smartest Kid in the Universe by Chris Grabenstein & Kirby Heyborne (Narrator) December 1, 2020
State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Louise Penny & Joan Allen (Narrator) October 12th 2021 🍁
Spílexm: A Weaving of Recovery, Resilience, and Resurgence by Nicola I. Campbell September 28, 2021 🍁
Nicola I. Campbell integrates family, community, culture, land, and Canadian history into this personal memoir. The labyrinthian interconnections are articulated through poetry, prose, journal entries and essays. They are imbued with raw honesty. Many of the poems are stand alone stunning.
Throughout her work Campbell addresses living with and overcoming loss and grief - a grief deeply embedded into a culture through systemic racism and violence. At the same time, it's a story of rejuvenation, healing and moving forward.