Thanks to Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts for this meme!

Naturally, last week was Youth Media Awards. Who else woke up early to watch the livestream? I was excited for the winners and made sure I had my library account(s) open so I can put hold on the ones I wanted. I cheered when Grace Lin was the Children’s Literature Legacy Award recipient because not only did she deserve it but she’s my Author of the Year. I was glad Watercress won multiple awards since I have an ongoing Caldecott Reading Challenge and I’d read the book last year.


(Originally read/reviewed March 30, 2021)

A bittersweet story about family, the immigrant experience, wanting to fit in, and honoring the past. I love that there are these slice of life stories and I hope they find their audience.

I’ve moved over to The StoryGraph to avoid the Amazon-owned Goodreads. It’s still a learning curve and it doesn’t have some of the convenience Goodreads offers but, at least, I’ve been reviewing again. I’m trying this new format this week which saves me a bit of time but I wish they included the covers.

You can view all my reviews over on The StoryGraph.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!

6 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- January 31, 2022

  1. Keep us posted as The StoryGraph progresses, over time. I know some of us from this community tried it out maybe a year or so ago, but eventually found our way back to GR. I would love to design some sort of reading cataloging system of my own, but then I’d miss the social aspect of it all. I like popping on and seeing what all my friends are reading, so if SG gets some momentum and works out some of the kinks, I may be back. Anyway, YES on the excitement of the Youth Media Awards. I pretty much built my #MustReadin2022 list around winners and honor books that I hadn’t yet read in 2021. So I really have my work cut out for me. Thanks for the shares, Earl, and I hope you have a wonderful reading week!

  2. It looks like you had a wonderful reading week Earl. I also adored Watercress. The book reminded me of my mother. She also had eyes “as sharp as the tip of a dragon’s claw.” Wild asparagus was her speciality.
    Like this family, when she spied it, we all climbed out of our car and set off picking bags of it. Thankfully, while we had to negotiate living with a father in a wheelchair, we didn’t have to deal with all the conflict and history of Andrea Wang and her protagonist.

  3. Watercress was my Caldecott pick so I was very excited when it won. My older students (4-8) read it and analyzed it during our Mock Caldecott unit and I just read it to my kinders and 2nd graders today and I was pleasantly surprised that they really enjoyed it and had lots of good observations. So I’m glad that my younger students are enjoying it too.

  4. I loved Watercress, like all above & you, Earl, so happy that it won! Wow, you’ve read a lot & I put some on hold at my library, like Love in The Library – coming soon, they say! I know that you love Agatha Christie & thought I’d tell you I’m enjoying a paperback I found at my used bookstore of short pieces. It isn’t all about Christmas, FYI, but fun to watch Poirot do his thing! It’s The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding. You may have already read it, but thought I’d let you know. Have a great week ahead!

  5. I agree completely that Grace Lin deserved her award at the YMAs—I mean, she’s brilliant, and she’s written so many books at this point across so many different ages and won so many different awards (Caldecott Honor, Newbery Honor, National Book Award Finalist), so it’s very deserved! And Watercress’s win is also very deserved—that one is seriously lovely. All of these books look great, especially Love in the Library—I already have that one written down, and my library should have it soon! Thanks so much for the great post, Earl!

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