It’s Monday! What are you reading from Picture Books to YA?

This post was inspired by Sarah Wendorf of Page In Training.  Each Monday a group of bloggers posts what they are reading.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is a book that I finished last week.  I had heard rave reviews on Twitter of this book and had to read it!  It was one of the few contemporary Newbery award winners that I had not read and I am glad that I did!  It made reference to one of my all-time favorite books– A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.  If you have not read this book, it is amazing!  Don’t miss out!

First Light by Rebecca Stead is a book that I am currently reading.  This book has me intrigued about the connection between the two main characters- Peter and Thea.  The two seem very different and live in different times/worlds.  I’m glad that I picked up these two titles by Rebecca Stead!

The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla is the chapter book that I am reading with my sweet four year old at night.  It is a short, chapter book that is filled with creativity and imagination that is just right for my boy.  The main character just doesn’t seem like he can fit in with others around him and it will be fun to find out how things come together for him.


Little Red Riding Hood Lurks in an Unexpected Place

Book Cover

Often in the Merry Media center, we receive requests for books that can be compared and contrasted.  During last night’s reading for the #ShelfChallenge, I happened across a true jewel, Ruby by Michael Emberley.  The red hooded mouse on the cover should have given me a clue that Red Riding Hood was lurking within the pages, but I was pleasantly surprised to find her when the story commenced.  This title was well-written and had colorful, detailed illustrations.  Ruby (Emberley) ended with a twist that students would enjoy!   This will definitely be my recommendation the next time someone asks for two titles he or she can compare and contrast.

The Gingerbread Girl wins our heart!


Ernst Titles

Some of the latest books that I have read with my sweet 3 year old boy have been by Lisa Campbell Ernst:  When Bluebell Sang, Zinnia and Dot, and The Gingerbread Girl.  Our favorite of the three books was definitely The Gingerbread Girl!  Within the last week, we have read The Gingerbread Boy, so it was nice to be able to compare and contrast the two stories.  Rhyming words were incorporated nicely into The Gingerbread Girl, which helped to hold the interest of my boy.  The other two stories were well-written, but didn’t resonate with us as much as The Gingerbread Girl.  She won our heart!

Another title that we have shared was The Princess and the Pig by Emmett.  This is a title that might appeal more to my first and second grade students.  The illustrations by Poly Bernatene are exquisite!  If you have students asking for princess books, this might be the right one for them!

Book Review: Bird Lake Moon by Kevin Henkes

Mitch Sinclair’s parents are getting a divorce and he is having a really hard time coping with the situation.  Kevin Henkes, the author of this book, weaves a believable story with the right amount of details.  The story leaves you wanting to know more about what happens.  I highly recommend this one!

Have your read this book?  If so, please tell me what you think about it!

Bearwalker by Joseph Bruchac

I don’t like scary books, but I made the sacrifice of a good reading bowl sponsor and read Bearwalker by Joseph Bruchac.  It was not as scary as I had anticipated and was action-packed!  The story has some great insights into the heart of a bully.  Baron, the main character of the story, has been picked on by most of the students at his school until they all go on a trip to Camp Chuckamuck together.  The students are already afraid of being attacked by bears, but when the camp counselors act shady Baron is forced to be brave.  This would be a wonderful book for students in grades 4-7 who like thrillers.

Bearwalker Book Cover

Leepike Ridge by Wilson

Tom Hammond has quite the adventure in Leepike Ridge.  The story starts out a little slow in the first two or three chapters, but then picks up as Tom gets mad at Jeffrey Veatch, the man who has started dating his mother.  During the course of the story, Tom gets stuck in an underground cave and has difficulty finding a way out.  The story definitely kept my interest.  It would make a great read aloud for 4th-6th grade classes.

Hiroshima Dreams by Kelly Easton

Hiroshima Dreams by Kelly Easton was a book that I really wanted to enjoy.  However, some of the content was a little bit mature for my elementary school crowd.  The story was about Lin, a shy young girl, who grows into a confident and mature young woman.  The story focuses on the relationship between Lin and her grandmother, Obaachan.  I really wanted to be able to recommend this title to my fifth grade teachers for a read-aloud, but because of some of the mature overtones in the book I do not feel comfortable doing that.

Cover of book

Cover of book