Writing a blog focusing on children’s literature isn’t exactly an original concept but that just means I’m in a large company of people who share this one passion. This community of readers is a great source of finding out great- or, not so great- books. A cool way that recommendations are getting shared is through the meme “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” started by Book Journey blogger, Sheila, and kid-lit-focus-ified by Jen and Kellee of Teach Mentor Texts. The format is simple. Review the books you’ve finished reading the prior week and share the titles of what you’re planning on reading next.
I figured I’d try it. So, here goes.
The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles by Maud and Miska Petersham
*Skip It* I picked “The Rooster Crows as part of my Caldecott reading challenge, popularized in the book blogging world this year by LibLaura5. This book won the medal in 1946 and I can’t really see why. Everything about it seemed “of that time” to me. It’s amazing, though, how much progress has been made in the world of children’s literature since then- in terms of subject matter, illustrations, and approaches in storytelling.
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart
*My Pick of the Week* This is an exciting addition to the wonderful “The Mysterious Benedict Society” series! I recently wrote about Trenton Lee Stewart and his books here.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
*Recommended* I couldn’t help but notice all the praise coming from Misters Schu and Sharp about this book. I wanted to participate in their upcoming book club and see what others had to say so I’m glad my library came through for me once again!
“The One and Only Ivan” is something I normally wouldn’t read. Animal narrators just aren’t my thing. But I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. First, the very sparse “The One and Only Ivan” managed to be simple but not simplistic and a good story overall.
Books I Plan on Reading This Week
The Bippollo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss
The Puzzler’s Mansion by Eric Berlin
That’s all for that this week. Please visit any of the sites mentioned on this post and use them as starting points to find other blogs you may find interesting!
By the way, what are you reading?