This week on my blog, I
- shared some interesting online reading
- celebrated my classes, my cats, and my kid
- assigned some numbers to my annual reading goals
- committed to writing in my notebook and performing a daily act of kindness for #Nerdlution Round 2
- wrote about why I think reading communities are so important.
My son and I finished our read-aloud of Doll Bones. I loved this book. I thought it was so rich thematically and had something profound to say about the transition from childhood to young adulthood. I was so glad to see it honored with a Newbery. It was a tougher listen for my son, as there are very few pictures, and he is still very dependent on visuals while he’s listening to a story. But he stuck with it and got something out of listening, though not the full experience. But then, this may be one of those books that’s actually better for adults or older readers.
I reread This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz for my #contemplitclass. So very good. This is the book that made me want to focus #contemplitclass on the short story. It teaches incredibly well–so much to talk and think about–plus it’s a delight, for the most part, to read. So many laugh-out-loud lines and so much innovative language play.
I also read Jacqueline Woodson’s verse novel, Locomotion. It reminded me a bit of Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog, since Lonnie, the main character, is writing poetry for a school assignment and also using his poetry to reflect on a tragedy in his life. I appreciated what Woodson was doing here, but it didn’t quite come together for me into a coherent, focused whole, and I was confused by the religious parts towards the end.
This is a book I read plenty of times as a child, but I think I blocked it, because I absolutely did not remember that all the millions and billions and trilions of cats EAT EACH OTHER. That came as quite a surprise when I was reading this book aloud to my son last night. He was APPALLED. “Why did you read me this book, Mom?” Well…. Um…. But I was delighted and amused by the very old man who keeps collecting cats because each one is too pretty to leave behind. That’s exactly how we ended up with six of them! (Basically all a stray has to do is show up in our yard and purr and we’re ready to open the doors and take them in.) Despite the trauma of all the cats eating each other, Millions of Cats reads aloud beautifully.
Once Upon a Saturday, written and illustrated by Leslie Lammle, is a lovely story about the adventures we can go on through our imaginations.
The repetitive sentences in 50 Below Zero nearly made me crazy. Repetition works so beautifully and poetically in Millions of Cats, but here it seemed pointless and tedious.
We read another book for the same challenge, Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. I liked how Tonatiuh incorporated Spanish words throughout the text. My son enjoyed seeing the words and figuring out their meanings. Tonatiuh’s style is incredibly distinct and interesting as well.
A few other picture books we read this week:
Reading Goals Update:
Nerdbery Challenge: 0/12 books
#MustReadin2014: 3/15 books
YA Shelf of Shame Challenge: 0/12 books
Professional Development Reading Goal: 1/12 books
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 10/100 books
Picture Book Reading Goal: 39/350 books
Chapter Book & Middle-Grade Reading Goal: 5/100 books
YA Lit Reading Goal: 6/60 books
Latin@s in Kidlit Challenge: 2/12 books
Number of Books Total (not counting picture books): 18/200