Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give Kathryn’s (at Book Date) “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” meme a kidlit focus, reviewing books in children’s literature (picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, or anything in the world of kidlit). If you enjoy this type of reading, join us every Monday to share what you’ve been reading!
This is the last week of my mom’s visit so I barely squeezed in a couple new books. This past week was especially difficult because we had to put our sweet border collie, Sophie, down on Tuesday. When we first adopted her from the rescue, her doctor said she had been badly abused and would need to be on constant meds to help with the pain. Sadly, she never completely recovered and the pain just reached a point where we knew we needed to let her go. The kids have needed to talk a lot and we’re all just really feeling the grief. 😦
My mom flies out on Wednesday and then we turn around and leave on Friday for our family fall vacation, so I hope I can squeeze in a little reading while we’re on the road. Thanks so much for stopping by, today!
Roll With It
October 1, 2019
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
12-year-old Ellie is bright, witty, and full of spunk! She just so happens to have cerebral palsy, use a wheel chair, and occasionally needs help with a few every day tasks. But that certainly doesn’t change the fact that she has hopes and dreams and joys and hurts just like everyone else. In the beginning of this story, Ellie’s mom moves her from Tennessee to Oklahoma so they can help with Ellie’s grandfather who suffers from dementia. And it doesn’t take long for Ellie to make herself at home at her new school. I just loved her voice and open commentary on the world around her. I also enjoyed reading this interview with Jamie Sumner at From the Mixed Up Files (AKA “MUF”) about this book. It’s important to note that this story was inspired by her son who, like Ellie, has cerebral palsy. I’m so glad this book is out in the world and I hope it will find a place in homes and libraries everywhere!
Moon! Earth’s Best Friend
Stevie Lewis, illustrator
June 11, 2019
Henry Holt and Co.
This is such an adorable nonfiction picture book about the moon. Readers will learn about the formation of the moon, how long it takes to circle the Earth and to spin, the phases, other moons in the solar system, quite a bit about gravity, types of eclipses, and MORE interesting tidbits. This is the third book in the Our Universe series and it looks like Ocean: Waves for All is up next!
The artist used colored pencils and digital tools to create the illustrations in this book. I’ll provide one page-spread as an example, below:
To Be Read:
I’m currently reading an e-ARC of Friend or Fiction by Abby Cooper, I’m listening to Frankly in Love by David Yoon on audiobook, and we are working on The Root of Magic by Kathleen Benner Duble as a read aloud with the kids this month.
Reading Challenge Updates: