Every Monday, it's a pleasure to link up with a group that reviews books they want to share with others. Come discover new books!
Visit Jen at Teach MentorTexts and Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders to see what they've been reading, along with everyone else who link up.
The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award goes this year to All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. I posted the announcement of the finalists last week here.
I'm taking a week off to visit my brother, so am trying to catch up a bit because when I return, I'll be behind again. I know many of you are starting back to school and will have less time to read, too. I hope you have a wonderful beginning to your school year!
Don't forget the PB10by10 sharing is this Wednesday, August 10th - hosted by Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek. You can find all about it here!
The vulnerability of Lucy touches my heart. Her thoughts and her hesitant memory is poignant, and her movement away from her childhood, making a life despite what’s she’s experienced is admirable. This story made me wish to sit by Lucy as she spoke, and touch her, even hug her, as she spoke. And it also made me wonder about the stories of those I see on the street, at the store, in the doctor’s office. It is said that everyone has a story, and I’m glad that Elizabeth Strout told Lucy’s.
Picture Books - If you want to see more, check on my Goodreads recent posts. I'm sharing only a few favorites.
This book is one week old today! How the story goes, and repeats, until it doesn’t, is a delightful story in four acts. It stars a little stray dog named Lucy, a young girl named Eleanor who sneaks a treat tied to a string to that little dog each day, and her father, a worker who stocks shelves, but is also a juggler with stagefright. Putting this puzzle of a story together in beautiful pointillist black and white sketches is Randy Cecil. While tension is high in the action, it all comes out just right. You’ll need to read slowly, watching the action unfold bit by bit. It’s magical how each part makes the connection to another part, until it’s finally all a very good story! Thanks to Chronicle Books for the ARC.
A new school has been constructed, it’s Frederick Douglas Elementary School, who isn’t sure just what a school is, or does. It talks a bit with the janitor, experiences a very interesting first day, and finally, finally, thinks it’s a pretty great thing to be a school. It’s fun to hear from a different POV as educators everywhere are beginning to prep for the new school year. The illustrations show many kinds of kids and people. The endpapers show the playground, and part of the story show a little girl with freckles, who finally decides she likes the school, and it likes her!
Nineteen different children are, yes, different. This story shows them getting ready for their first day in varied ways. Their dress, breakfast, feelings and the ways to get to school all are shown by the individual or the small group, but delightfully celebrating that each differs, and the wonder of it, too. It’s a terrific first day of school book.
Filled to the brim with sayings that just might go right over young children’s heads, this is an adventure in the rules of table setting, and oh so much more. It’s gets quite boring doing the place setting the very same way every night. So the plates and cutlery, the cup and napkin take off with the little girl Izzy and do things in creative ways. Recipes for disaster happen in the ideas, like putting the knife, fork and spoon in the cup of milk, and that knife says, when crowded, “cut it out”. Izzy sitting “under” the table doesn’t work either, and bumping the table spills the milk while the fork shouts: “No use crying over spilt milk”. Later in the story, the dish really does run away with the spoon! Funny and cartoonish, a silly look at an everyday chore.
Still Reading, almost done, A MustReadIn2016, and a recommendation from Joanne Toft at WordsFromSLJ: Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool, realistic, magical, and just fun to read!
Next: Starting a few Arcs thanks to Chronicle Books.