I’m working on creating a “school-year” reading routine for myself. During the summer months I have some more flexibility and don’t need to be quite as plan-full. Thankfully, our local library had some great new books to get me started!
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What I read last week:
The Hueys in The New Sweater written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers is a genius – both as a storyteller and illustrator. When we talk about picture books in my children’s literature course, I want the students to understand the role of brevity – both in text and illustration – and this is fantastic example.
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match / Marisol McDonald no combination story by Monica Brown illustrations by Sara Palacios
This thoughtful story about a young girl who is a “creative, unique, bilingual, Peruvian-Scottish-American, soccer-playing artist” is published with both english and spanish text. I love the potential discussions that could follow a reading of this about identity, how we define ourselves, and diversity.
The Obstinate Pen written and illustrated by Frank W. Dormer
Funny story about a pen that people just don’t want to listen to, when a young boy finally does some wonderful things happen.
The Insomniacs written by Karina Wolf illustrated by The Brothers Hilts
I loved this quirky story about a family who is adjusting to moving across multiple time zones and finding a rhythm that works for them. As someone who struggles with insomnia, it is refreshing to read – and see – it set in a positive “light”. (I know it’s a bad pun, couldn’t help myself.)
Isabella’s Garden written by Glenda Millard and illustrated by Rebecca Cool
Rich, vibrant illustrations accompany this sweet add-on story in the style of “the House the Jack Built”. This is particularly close to my heart because I was able to see some of the original artwork at an exhibit in Sydney, Australia over the summer.
What I’m reading now
Same Sun Here by Silas House & Neela Vaswani
So far I’m loving the dual voices in this book about pen pals from New York City and Kentucky.