For those of you who are unfamiliar, Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers, host a kidlit version of It’s Monday! What are you Reading?
Here is the kidlit I have read and shared with teachers this week.
Exploding Ants: Amazing facts about how animals adapt by Joanne Settel
This book is full of short texts that will grab kids attention because of their graphic descriptions. This book has great texts for quick read alouds or shared readings.
The Stranded Whale by Jane Yolen and Melanie Cataldo
Jane Yolen has written a richly layered book about three siblings who find a beached whale on their way home from school one fall evening. This book tells a wonderful story and contains many of the Notice and Note signposts that make discussing it and its possible themes and allusions great fun. I have read this book so many times and I still have parts I am wondering about. And her sentences… beautiful!
Oh Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty by Joy Masoff and Terry Sirrell
This is another book like Exploding Ants. It is full of disgustingly descriptive short passages about nasty things. The short texts are great for reading aloud, asking kids to work on visualizing with sketch to stretch activities, and for shared reading.
The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant and Kathryn Brown
The main character in this book is an old woman who likes to name things. She is lonely. She has outlived all her friends. She doesn’t want to outlive anything else. And then one day, a puppy comes along. This book will tug at your heart strings and help teachers and students to understand we read so we can be changed by what we read.
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld
Stick and Stone are both lonely until they find each other and become friends. I love this book for its simple language and beautifully crafted pictures. It is a great book for the beginning of the year to share with students while creating community. This one also will tug at the heart.