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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: H is for Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z by Sydell Rosenberg

Wednesday: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Thursday: You Choose In Space by Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodhart

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Talking Trash” by Donna Latham, Author of Garbage: Follow the Path of Your Trash

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee

  • Super Jake and the King of Chaos is debut middle grade novel about Ethan, a middle school magician, and his family whose priorities surround Jake, their one-year-old who was born with brain damage.
  • Since starting all of the Gordon Korman books, I’ve been really shocked to find out how many of his books that are SO GOOD are out of print. The Island series is another one. High interest and well written!

Ricki

Ricki is away on maternity leave and will return mid-June. Happy reading!

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Kellee

  • Listening with Trent: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Listening: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer
  • Reading: The Shadow Club by Neal Shusterman
  • On Deck: The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman
  • In the Hole (if nothing changes): The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd

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Tuesday: Call for Teachers of YAL Classes

Wednesday: Celebrate #NationalParkWeek! Review and Giveaway: If I Were a Park Ranger by Catherine Stier

Thursday: Guest Review: Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Celebrate Biodiversity: Life + Variety = Biodiversity” by Laura Perdew, Author of Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: #metoo Literature Circle Books

Wednesday: You Are Never Alone by Elin Kelsey

Thursday: Wake Up, Color Pup by Taia Morley

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Why Mix Fantasy and History?” by Angie Smibert, Author of Bone’s Gift and Lingering Echoes

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee

With Trent

  • Circle by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen is the perfect end to the trilogy. I like the open ending that leads to conversation.
  • Dog Man:  Brawl of the Wild is the last of the Dog Man books out, so now we are waiting…
  • Flubby is the star of a new picture book series, and just love him! I find cats to just be so lovable and hilarious, so this series is perfect for  me!
  • Trent chose Fergus and Zeke the last time we were at the book store, and we got to reading it this week, and I just love the mice friends! We have book 2 ordered!

  • A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel looks at a teen’s decent into mental illness.
  • The ending of A Grimm Warning is pretty epic! Now I am just waiting for the audio for the next one to be available.
  • While I wait, I decided to start Gordon Korman’s Island series. Since I loved the Kidnapped audios so much, I thought this would be a great choice.
  • Oh, everyone, you are going to love Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo. It looks at the final of the three friends (Raymie Nightingale then Louisiana’s Way Home) and is a beautiful story about finding happiness.
  • Focused by Alyson Gerber is about a middle schooler who is struggling with focusing.

Ricki

This week, I finished listening to Sadie by Courtney Summers. I am so glad that I listened to this one as an audiobook. I loved all of the voices and the podcast style. This is a powerful book.

I am heading off to maternity leave (ahhh!). I have set up lost of posts and reviews in the meantime. I will miss you all, and I am very sorry that I was unable to comment on the last couple of Mondays. Pregnancy is exhausting! I look forward to seeing you all in a couple of months!

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Kellee

  • Reading: Super Jake & the King of Chaos by Naomi Milliner
  • Audio: Island Book Two: Survival by Gordon Korman
  • Audio with Trent: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

Ricki

I am reading Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead. It’s an adult book that I missed when it came out a year ago. I am really enjoying it, and it is very different from other books that I’ve read. I will report more later (after maternity leave, likely!).

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Tuesday: H is for Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z by Sydell Rosenberg

Wednesday: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Thursday: You Choose In Space by Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodhart

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Talking Trash” by Donna Latham, Author of Garbage: Follow the Path of Your Trash

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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CONGRATULATIONS
Laura M.
for winning the Yogi giveaway!

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Tuesday: Student-Created Interactive Timeline on the Struggle for Equal Rights in America

Wednesday: A Brief History of Life on Earth by Clémence Dupont

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Educators’ Guide!: Bat and the End of Everything by Elana K. Arnold

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Fostering Kindness and Empathy Through Literature” by Amalie Jahn, Author of The Next To Last Mistake

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee

  • I’ll be reviewing As She Fades by Abbi Glines for ALAN Picks, but let me tell you one thing–the twist–whoa!
  • The Kidnapped series by Gordon Korman was everything I’d want in a series titled Kidnapped. Twists, turns, suspense, surprises, fear, relief… all the best suspenseful emotions!
  • Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus will probably be as popular as her first novel, One of Us is Lying as it keeps the reader guessing just like the first! I will say that the resolution did surprise me, so that is a plus!
  • Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson was one of those books that you want to throw at the end of it because it is so good yet so heartbreaking and messed up at the same time.
  • I have a student who devoured Joan Bauer novels in the fall, so I promised her I’d read some of her favorites. I started with Close to Famous and WHOA! Not what I was expecting based on the cover. It is a story about abuse, small town exploitation, chasing your dreams, reading disability, & more.

  • I just love me some Frog and Toad, and so does Trent. I’ll have to see if we can find another audio to listen to.
  • Georgia’s Terrific, Colorific Experiment by Zoe Persico shows that science and art go hand-in-hand and neither is better than the other. On top of the message, I adored the illustrations! Look at these:

Ricki

This week, I read On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. I promptly went into my course syllabus for next semester and swapped out another book to include this one. There are so many things that I love about this book. In particular, I really liked how this book tackled the issues of violence against and the assumptions stereotypically made of black females. There are only a few other recent books that tackle these issues, and they are critically important. There are so many other phenomenal aspects of this book. I am sensing a longer blog post…

My students and I read the third edition of Reconceptualizing the Literacies in Adolescescents’ Lives (Edited by Donna E. Alvermann & Kathleen Hinchman). We loved the variety within the book, and each chapter led to rich conversations. The book tackles so many issues that made us think about reforming the practices within literacy classrooms. This book is great for starting conversations and inspiring change.

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Kellee

  • Reading: A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel
  • Listening: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
  • Reading with Trent: Dog Man Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey
  • Listening with Trent: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

Ricki

A few months ago, I started Sadie on my Kindle. I got distracted and forgot to go back to it. I just started the audio, and I am loving it. I think I prefer the audio to the Kindle book for this one.

Stop by tomorrow if you have read several #metoo YA texts. I’d love your advice for my course!

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Tuesday: #metoo Literature Circle Books

Wednesday: You Are Never Alone by Elin Kelsey

Thursday: Wake Up, Color Pup by Taia Morley

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Why Mix Fantasy and History?” by Angie Smibert, Author of Bone’s Gift and Lingering Echoes

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Wednesday: Review and Educators’ Guide: Taking Cover: One Girl’s Story of Growing Up During the Iranian Revolution by Nioucha Homayoonfar

Thursday: The Last Last-Day of Summer by Lamar Giles

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: Yogi: The Life, Loves, and Language of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra by Barb Rosenstock
Giveaway open until Thursday!!

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CONGRATULATIONS
Rica K.
for winning The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly giveaway!

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Kellee

I had a great visit with my sister and her new baby! One of the biggest highlights? Watching Trent read to Gunnar!

I also had no obligations, which was so nice and meant a lot of time to read! Here’s what I’ve read since I last shared on the 11th that I haven’t already blogged about:

  • My book club has a virtual visit with Todd Mitchell today, and I am happy to say that I read three of his books–all of them were so different, too! Backwards is a combination of Every Day and Before I Fall. 
  • Check Please was a 2019 Morris Finalist, and when I saw that a graphic novel about a baking hockey player was receiving accolades, I knew I had to read it, and boy do I love that book! Unique format along with its unique premise, too! Can’t wait for the next anthology.
  • Gareth Hinds’s work is beautiful. Period. So I had no doubt The Iliad would be as well, and I was right. Just as he did with The Odyssey, he takes the original and transforms it by illustrating the story. They are so well done and really do help with comprehension of the story.
  • milk and honey by Rupi Kaur is a title I had heard here and there and have had a couple of students talk about how much they love it, but when I had a new student say it was her favorite book, I asked her if she owned it so I could borrow it. I can definitely see why my teenage students love the angst and love in this poetry anthology.
  • #murderfunding by Gretchen McNeil is the sequel to #murdertrending and WHOA! This series is so messed up and crazy (in a I CAN’T PUT DOWN THIS BOOK sort of way). Pretty gruesome and suspenseful, but is also just so much fun to read!

  • Anyone who truly knows me knows that The Giver is my heart book, so adapting it had a high bar to meet for me, and P. Craig Russell met all the expectations. Beautiful and heart wrenching just like the original. All the feels were there all over again!
  • So glad a student recommended and lent this Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren, a Sibert Honor, to me! Another POV of the pure travesty that was the Holocaust. Great pairing with Prisoner B3087 or even Hitler Youth. Such an important read as we face hatred around us.
  • I just love Phoebe and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils! And their adventures and narrative are so endearing and evolving—I can’t wait to see what they do next! I’ll definitely be getting this newest one when it comes out next month.
  • What kept me from reading this series for so long?! So many kids are afraid of long books, and I’m always searching for a solid middle school book with a great plot and well written but not too long to help get them going—well, I found it! Kidnapped: The Abduction is a continuation of the On the Run series, but it is not required that you read it.

  • Oh, Dog Man. You have my son’s heart, and I cannot thank you enough for that. You are the reason, right now, that he wants to go to bed: so he can read.
  • In Syracuse, Trent and I vowed to finish The House at Pooh Corner, and Milne’s stories are so nostalgic and fun to read.
  • I love myself an interactive narrator and the panda has some real fun with his narrator in this one. Does the panda have a problem or is he the problem?!?! Read this fun book (so fun my son had us read it over and over) to find out: The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood.

Ricki

I love every book in this series, and We Are (Not) Friends is no exception. I am excited to review this one in full in a few weeks. It addresses issues surrounding friendship (including/excluding others and claiming people as our friends). Both of my sons really enjoyed this, and it is very accessible to different age levels. It’s resting beside me on our coffee table because my kids have asked to read it several times since we got it a few days ago. Lovers of this series will appreciate this new installment. If you haven’t checked out the series, I highly recommend it!

I finished listening to I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez. Ahhh, it is so beautifully written. I found the last third of the book to be very unpredictable, which I really enjoyed. This book tackles so many critical issues and would make for a great classroom text. I plan to use it in my college YAL course the next time I teach it.

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Kellee

  • Reading: As She Fades by Abbi Glines
  • Listening: Kidnapped: The Search by Gordon Korman
  • Reading with Trent: Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey
  • Listening with Trent: Frog and Toad Audio Collection by Arnold Lobel

Ricki

I am slowly savoring On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. I’m about 3/4 of the way through, and I have loved every minute of it. Bri’s voice is very strong.

Next, I plan to read a bunch of #metoo-related books. I am preparing for a literature circles unit on the books, and I am trying to decide which books to choose. I have some definite favorites, and then I have a long list of books I have not read. I’ve gotten some amazing feedback from some blogger friends (Kellee, Crystal B., Sarah A.), and they’ve really helped me narrow the other lists. They’ve also helped with the #metoo list, but I haven’t read enough to be decisive. Which are your absolute favorite #metoo books?

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Tuesday: Student-Created Interactive Timeline on the Struggle for Equal Rights in America

Wednesday: A Brief History of Life on Earth by Clémence Dupont

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Educators’ Guide!: Bat and the End of Everything by Elana K. Arnold

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Fostering Kindness and Empathy Through Literature” by Amalie Jahn, Author of The Next To Last Mistake

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Literacy Teachers Vlog: Kellee on Helping Struggling Readers Succeed

Thursday: Love by Stacy McAnulty

Friday: Tiger Days by M.H. Clark

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: Classroom Activities with Anything Can Happen in Mrs. Whynot’s Room by Jayne Peters

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Ricki

Three new summer picture book releases from Penguin! Yahoo!:

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes is an adorable and charming book about a boy who imagines he is the king of kindergarten. As the mom of a son who is about to enter kindergarten, I am so thrilled that this book exists. It doesn’t even acknowledge the fear that some kids might have about kindergarten. Instead, it is so confident, and I love that we finished the book and my son said, “I want to be the king of kindergarten, too!”

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero is absolutely lovely. It has such richness and depth. My kids kept making me turn back to previous pages, so they could soak in the details a bit more. I love Isabel Quintero’s YA work, so I was thrilled to see this picture book. It is quite marvelous.

Camp Tiger could be set in Colorado. It reminds me so much of the Poudre Canyon and our drives through it. The mountain setting is stunning. The main character of the book is used to annual camping trips, but he imagines a tiger joins them this year. This book has a lot of depth and offers a lot to talk about with kids. It made me a bit teary. I loved it and think it will be very popular this summer.

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Ricki

I am just about finished with I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. I think I might be getting Internment by Samira Ahmed next. Has anyone read it yet?

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Wednesday: Review and Educators’ Guide: Taking Cover: One Girl’s Story of Growing Up During the Iranian Revolution by Nioucha Homayoonfar

Thursday: The Last Last-Day of Summer by Lamar Giles

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: Yogi: The Life, Loves, and Language of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra by Barb Rosenstock

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Wednesday: Don’t Mess With Me: The Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures by Paul Erickson

Thursday: Make This! from National Geographic Kids

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K.S. Ansari

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Kellee

I am in Syracuse with Trent visiting my sister and my new nephew (!!!!!) and will miss today and next Monday because of traveling.
I will be back on the 1st 🙂
Happy reading until then!

Ricki

Thanks for all of your kind comments on the blog last week! I had a bit of a rough Monday night with my pregnancy, so I didn’t get to go on all of your blogs. I sincerely apologize and promise to be back in action this week!

This week, I read The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles. This book is a very middle grade book. I am going to admit now that middle grade books are not my specialty. I love to read books older and younger than this age, but for some reason, I don’t dig the middle grade humor and silliness. It’s funny—because I love working with tweens. So I don’t think I am good judge of this book. I found it to be engaging and interesting to read, but the corniness wasn’t my typical enjoyment. If you love fantasy and middle grade literature, I think this is a great pick for you. Lamar Giles is very clearly a talented writer. I am just a terrible audience for this particular age and genre combination. I gifted it to a neighbor, and I know she will love it.

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Ricki

I never read I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez, and I have always regretted it. I got it on audio, and so far, it is excellent.

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Tuesday: Literacy Teachers Vlog: Kellee on Helping Struggling Readers Succeed

Thursday: Love by Stacy McAnulty

Friday: Tiger Days by M.H. Clark

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: Classroom Activities with Anything Can Happen in Mrs. Whynot’s Room by Jayne Peters

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Ricki’s book came out this week!!!!!

Engaging with Multicultural YA Literature in the Secondary Classroom: Critical Approaches for Critical Education

Edited by our very own Ricki Ginsberg and the amazing Wendy J. Glenn

Description: With a focus on fostering democratic, equitable education for young people, Ginsberg and Glenn’s engaging text showcases a wide variety of innovative, critical classroom approaches that extend beyond traditional literary theories commonly used in K-12 and higher education classrooms and provides opportunities to explore young adult (YA) texts in new and essential ways. The chapters pair YA texts with critical practices and perspectives for culturally affirming and sustaining teaching and include resources, suggested titles, and classroom strategies. Following a consistent structure, each chapter provides foundational background on a key critical approach, applies the approach to a focal YA text, and connects the approach to classroom strategies designed to encourage students to think deeply and critically about texts, themselves, and the world. Offering a wealth of innovative pedagogical tools, this comprehensive volume offers opportunities for students and their teachers to explore key and emerging topics, including culture, (dis)ability, ethnicity, gender, immigration, race, sexual orientation, and social class.

Congratulations, Ricki! And I cannot wait to read it!
Love, Kellee ♥

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CONGRATULATIONS
Donna M. 
for winning the It’s Not Hansel and Gretel giveaway!

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Tuesday: Do you teach a YAL course or do you integrate YAL in your classroom? If so, Ricki needs your help!

Thursday: Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles

Friday: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Kellee

  • Wait until I share The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K.S. Ansari on Friday! Immediately engaging!
  • Today is our virtual visit with Todd Mitchell, and I am so happy that I was able to read The Secret to Lying before we met up with him. Both of his books that I read were so different yet both so good!
  • I have now officially read everything that Meg Medina has written. And it is all brilliant!
  • Tiger Days: A Book of Feelings by M.H. Clark is going to be one that will be used in my parenting. Ricki and I look forward to sharing it soon!

I was so happy to get to these award-winning picture books! They are beautiful and all have one other thing in common: They all made me super emotional!

Upcoming picture books alert!

  • I actually laughed out loud and tweet about it right away after opening the package with I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt in it! And that was before I even read it. Then I read it. A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Loved it! One of the best counting books I’ve ever read!
  • Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons is a family story. It is a heritage story. It is a home story. A perfect story of going home and reuniting with family, finding a way to tell the story of your family and home, and the love around all involved.
  • Alan Bean was an artist and an astronaut. He saw colors and textures with the eye of an artist, so after he visited the moon and saw that photographs didn’t show what he saw the way he saw it, he painted. The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon by Dean Robbins is his true story. I cannot wait to own a finished copy of this one!
  • I am a Tiger by Karl Newson is the picture book version of Fox the Tiger. Mouse knows he’s a tiger. And then a tiger shows up… 
  • Pig the Stinker is the 7th book in the Pig the Pug series, and Pig is still the same old figurative and literal stinker. 
  • Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey was another laugh out loud book. Brian likes fruit, but his friends just want to bite some bums. But Brian for real loves his fruit, why won’t his friends try some?!

Ricki

Kellee, I adore you. You are so, so sweet! I am really excited that the book is out in the world. It was so much fun to work on it over the last year. 

I read Tiger Days: A Book of Feelings by M.H. Clark. My two-year-old LOVES this book, so I’ve read it several times this week. It is a fun book that teaches metaphor and emotions.

I also read Bird Watch by Christie Matheson this week. I loved how this book incorporated bird knowledge and find-and-seek birds within each page. The book is great to teach different types of common birds, counting, and searching for birds that are hiding in nature.

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Kellee

  • Still listening: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
  • Still reading with Trent: Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
  • Reading: ?? We’ll see!

Ricki

I am still enjoying On the Come Up. It’s absolutely fantastic. The only reason I haven’t finished it is the fact that I am not sleeping much. But I plan to finish it very, very soon.

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Wednesday: Don’t Mess With Me: The Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures by Paul Erickson

Thursday: Make This! from National Geographic Kids

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K.S. Ansari

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