I really enjoyed all the books I read this week. Once again, my reading ranged from Picture Books to Adult.
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel
I'm adding this to my list of picture book biography mentor texts. It would also pair well with Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman
This was a sweet story of friendship and trying new things. Fantastic illustrations!
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne
I read about this book last week on my friend Stephanie's blog. I will echo her in saying that this book will be a great conversation starter about inquiry in the classroom. I can see myself reading it at the beginning of the year, during a scientific inquiry unit, and adding it to my list of picture book biography mentor texts. I also adore the illustrations and might put it on the Mock Caldecott list in my classroom!
Middle Grade Books
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata (reviewed last week)
My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis (reviewed last week)
Young Adult Books
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I adored this book, everything about it. The voice of Aristotle was spot on. I can imagine if I were teaching a group of high school kids we would sit and marvel at the language. There were so many parts I wanted to read over and over again.
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
I loved this book about twin sisters who have psychic abilities. Their lives are changed forever when one of them predicts an earthquake to hit St. Louis on October 16.
This week I am looking forward to reading:
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull
Every Day After by Laura Golden
What books are you loving right now? I'd love to hear about it!