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

This week, I was able to visit one new bookstore and two labyrinths.

I also posted about the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature- Meg Medina– including book reviews for the reading challenge I have with that.

Whoever You Are: A Baby Book on Love  GenderWhoever You Are: A Baby Book on Love Gender by Josephine Wai Lin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An affirmation of unconditional love with unique illustrations.

My Strange Shrinking ParentsMy Strange Shrinking Parents by Zeno Sworder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This has been showing up on kidlit social media pages and deservingly so! I loved the quiet storytelling style used to present the sacrifices- especially of immigrant- parents make to ensure their child has a future better than theirs.

GibberishGibberish by Young Vo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun book tackling a difficult situation lots of immigrant people experience when moving to a new country. It reminded me a little bit of Shaun Tan’s Arrival. Great for educators teaching about language and also readers who love to figure out what was trying to be said.

BeneathBeneath by Cori Doerrfeld
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautiful subtle book about empathy, to be able to see beyond the superficial.

Berry SongBerry Song by Michaela Goade
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’d been putting off reading this book but I’m glad I did since I want to live in the illustrations.

The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His NameThe Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name by Sandhya Parappukkaran
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another good “importance of names” book. I just wished the boy either did more to speak up (which I know was one of his problems) or that it showed his friend was picking up signs of what he was trying to say before she acted the way she did.

Very Good HatsVery Good Hats by Emma Straub
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun read-aloud if you’re looking for something to pass the time.

Mister Kitty Is Lost!Mister Kitty Is Lost! by Greg Pizzoli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Greg Pizzoli delivers another fun and surprising book that will delight young readers.

Love without Bounds: An IntersectionAllies Book about FamiliesLove without Bounds: An IntersectionAllies Book about Families by Chelsea Johnson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From the same team who brought IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All, Love without Bounds (or previously known or sometimes titled as KINtersectionAllies) celebrates all kinds of families with extensive backmatter.

Nikola Tesla (Little People, BIG DREAMS)Nikola Tesla by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Is there a series that you’ve continued reading even though you really don’t want/need to? Little People, Big Dreams is that for me. I was definitely excited when this biography picture book series came out and I’ve kept up with it since then but the consistency has been all over the place. To be fair, it’s fine otherwise why would I even bother especially when they’ve been getting sort of hard to find. All that to say, this was about Nikola Tesla which was an easy way to learn about him but there are other books you should check out.

Gigi and Ojiji: What's in a Name?Gigi and Ojiji: What’s in a Name? by Melissa Iwai
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been charmed by this new leveled reader. In this one, Gigi tries to find which of her names fit her best.

Rainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride, and Protest in the Fight for Queer RightsRainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride, and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights by Jamie Lawson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An accessible history of LGBTQ+ movements and moments around the world covering topics from Stonewall in the US to Section 28 in the UK, from sit-ins to ball culture, from riots to pride. Perfect for middle and high school libraries and hopefully will be used as stepping stones to learn more about the people and places mentioned.

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Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!


3 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- January 23, 2023

  1. Lots of great books here. I’m waiting for Very Good Hats from my library. I just made the connection that the author of it is the author of some popular adult novels. Gigi and Ojiji is new to me and looks like one that would be great for new readers.

  2. I liked Gibberish so much, and often think of immigrants who come into our country with little or no English. We have many from Ukraine right now & they have shown some who speak their language who are helping. Thanks for My Strange Shrinking Parents especially, Earl.

  3. What a fabulous collection of books! Like Linda, I too liked Gibberish. My Strange Shrinking Parents (which I will try to find a copy of) reminded me of We Were Dreamers, a memoir I finished last week by Simu Liu. It was enlightening. Thanks for the heads up about Gigi and Ojiji. It is delightful!

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