I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”
One of my favorite picture books of the year and also one I want to win a Caldecott. Great fun concept of what two balls of clay can be. I would love to see a behind the scenes video of this book was made!
A girl wants to fish with her grandfather but, in their small village in the Philippines, the people say a girl doesn’t belong in a boat but on the shore. With her grandfather’s permission and help, she spends the day out on the bay- waiting, waiting. Will she catch a fish? Can she prove the naysayers wrong?
A quiet reflective book about what one can find and do in the forest. It manages to be playful as well. Perfect for nature lovers.
Super fun mystery about a bird-brain detective. The text and the illustrations are paired perfectly together.
The intergalactic adventures of Missile Mouse continue when he uncovers the citizens of an entire planet enslaved by a greedy evil ruler. To make matters worse, an old foe is hired to take him down. Not only that- Missile Mouse must learn how to work with a group of robot agents who he thinks may be more of a liability than an asset. Hopefully there will be at least a third book in the series!
I may have read this before but I still enjoyed reading this collection of fairy tales and folk tales from the Philippines. It makes me want to explore more the rich storytelling tradition of my culture and find other stories that people may enjoy!
An early chapter book about a spunky girl from Colombia. She’s not doing well learning English but can she get better in order to get to meet one of her heroes? Readers will enjoy when she shares why she loves some of her favorite things!
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this early chapter book series featuring a Japanese-American main character providing glimpses of that culture but still having enough similarities with other kids readers may already know and love.
I admit the flow was kind of rough but hopefully future books will be breezier.
A beautiful picture book that speaks volume. Though nearly wordless, the story and its heartwarming message is brought to life by Jaime Kim’s gorgeous art!
Publishes in October.
A beautiful wordless picture book about creativity, friendship, conflict, and resolution. Comes out in October!
I can’t wait until September when people can get their hands on this title. It’s probably my favorite graphic novel of the year. I admit I didn’t think I would like it at first but the story and the art (even when the version I read was the unfinished Advance Reading Copy) won me over. This is a great coming of age story that takes place half in middle school and the other in a Renaissance Faire. The main character (Impy) decides to go to public school after years of homeschooling and she has to figure out how to fit in without losing herself. She is also a knight in training at the Faire where she realizes the dragons we face in life may not be who they really are. The conflicts she has in school, at the Faire and with her family manage to be heartbreaking and familiar. This will be great for book clubs and classroom discussions a well!
Kwame Alexander works his magic for a young adult crowd, partnering once again with Mary Rand Hess. Being part of a rock and roll family might seem like the good life but Blade knows too well not all that glitters is gold. With a father who crashes and burns more often than not and a girlfriend who may not be quite into him as he is with her, he relies on music to get him through the tough times. But after a family secret comes out, he finds himself halfway around the world to discover what’s real and what isn’t in his life. A beautiful lyrical book. I particularly loved the poem “Konko.” And I need to check if the publisher or the authors have compiled the songs mentioned in the book into a playlist.
****= Highly Recommended
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Have a great reading week!