I’ve been balancing my reading time this week with writing for the March Slice of Life Challenge over at Two Writing Teachers. Here are the amazing books I read this week:
Middle Grade Novel
Still a Work in Progress, by Jo Knowles
More than anything, this book is an important book for kids to read. When Noah’s sister Emma has a relapse of her eating disorder, his life begins to unravel. He questions himself, his friendships, and his family. As he works to discover who he really is and come to peace with his sister’s disease, Noah learns to trust others and forgive himself. This novel highlights the impact that eating disorders have on families, not only the person fighting against the disease.
Recommended for: 5th grade and up
Why: This book deals with some mature themes that may not be appropriate in an elementary setting; this book would be excellent for book clubs to have a rich discussion
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet, by Carmen Agra Deedy
I’ve been hearing about this book everywhere, and I’m so glad a picked it up. When a rooster dares to defy a mayor’s law to be quiet, nothing the mayor can do will silence him. This is a book about courage and using your voice to stand up for what you believe in.
Recommended for: 2nd grade and up, especially good picture book for older readers
Why: While the story may seem simple to younger readers, this book holds an important message about standing up to oppression, even when the consequences are severe
The Bear Who Wasn’t There, by LeUyen Pham
A hilarious book in which readers spend the duration of the story looking for the main character, a bear, who seems to have just disappeared. Throughout the book, a ridiculous duck tries to convince readers that the story should be about him, while other animals try to help find the bear (except a giraffe, who is rudely interrupted in the bathroom). Fun, silly read!
Recommended for: Pre-K through 3rd grade
Why: Bold and silly illustrations hook younger readers, while this book gives you a sense of what it means to be an author as the writer of the book jumps in to help find the bear, too
You Don’t Want a Unicorn!, by Ame Dyckman
I can’t recommend this book to primary teachers enough. This cute precautionary tale about all of the reasons why wishing for a unicorn are a bad idea is witty and clever. Kids will love the illustrations and the unicorn theme.
Recommended for: Pre-K through 4th grade
Why: Younger kids will love the pictures and the story, while older kids will absolutely benefit from using this as a mentor text for teaching opinion writing
We Are Growing! (Elephant and Piggie Like Reading #2), by Laurie Keller
An absolutely adorable story of a row of grass, each blade trying to be the “est” of something–tallest, curliest, dandiest, and so on. What begins as a story of competition, however, turns out to be a tale of being an individual and standing out because of your strengths. Bonus: Elephant and Piggie!
Recommended for: Pre-K through 3rd grade, especially those who love Elephant and Piggie
Ninja! Attack of the Clan, by Arree Chung
Told in the format of an early graphic novel, this picture book will absolutely appeal to the ninja enthusiasts in your life. All Maxwell wants to do is put his ninja skills to work, but his family is too busy to spend time with him until they realize how much they have let him down.
Recommended for: PreK through 3rd grade
Why: Great for kids who like ninjas, lots of picture support, good introductory graphic novel using speech bubbles with sparse dialogue to tell the story
Reading Progress Check-in
- 2017 Total Progress: 88/230 books read
- 23/100 chapter books
- 3 graphic novels
- #MustReadin2017 Progress: 21/30
- My reading goals for the week:
- Finish 1 more #MustReadin2017 book
- Finish reading at least two novels
What is #IMWAYR?
Each Monday this year, I hope to join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I’ve done during the week, from picture books to young adult novels.