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It was a busy week; I just finished one book. I’m still reading Kate Messner’s Wake Up Missing, which is getting better and better. I’m almost finished with Hatchet, re-reading again with a young book group. Both writers are good, just need more time. I have been accepted as a Round Two poetry judge for the Cybils awards, so have found a few recent poetry books at my library to begin reading some of the recent ones. Exciting stuff! If you have a favorite from this year please let me know!
One lovely picture book I found in my school library:
Because Amelia Smiled – written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
The joy in this story and in the full-page illustrations made me smile too. The author takes us on a journey all around the world, watching how one smile can connect and make wonderful things happen. I love that it’s a multi-cultural adventure in different places, meeting varied kinds of people's cultures whose stories are hinted at. The illustrations are happily detailed, showing full neighborhoods in the different places. Connections are vital in this ever-widening world, and this book would be a spark to begin a great conversation with students. Who knows where it might lead?
And-don’t forget it’s Banned Book Week! If I still had a class, I would have found many books which have been either banned or challenged for my class to read this week, their choice!
Do you celebrate the Freadom to Read? It’s a good time to begin.