This week I got lost in an adult audiobook that has occupied most of my reading time. I am listening and enjoying Robert Galbraith’s latest Coroman Strike book, Troubled Blood. I received this from the library early this week, and with it being just under 32 hours, it has been the book dominating my time. And oh my, Robert Glenister does a fabulous job with the many accents and characters narrating. I will look at listening to more books performed by him. When I finish Troubled Blood, I will look at the library due dates and adjust my next audiobooks accordingly. Some may lapse, and all that means is I will enjoy them later.
I did manage to read one of the Winter Challenge Books, one of the two books I have slated for the two books by one author. The plan is to read one more from the challenge before the end of the month to make a total of four. So what did I read from my Winter Challenge list?
Red, White and Whole by Rajani LaRocca. A beautiful verse book that deals with culture, identity, family relationships, cancer and death. I loved every moment reading this book. Rehe is an only child who feels torn between her two worlds, her American school life and her Indian home life, but when her Amma becomes sick, everything in her world changes. Released next week, pre-order this is one for your classroom and libraries – readers in grade 5+ will love this one.
This week’s picture book highlights continue to include my nonfiction holds from my public library as I continue to play catch up with 2020 titles. Oh, how I miss purchasing books and simply browsing at my local indie bookstore. Here were four favourites from this past week.
The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez, illustrated by Lauren Semmer introduces readers of all ages (including adults) to poignant Black events, people, places and publications. The end matter includes additional details for the words used for specific letters. Loads to learn, unpack and discuss with gorgeous illustrations that include two-page spreads that also add to the learning by sharing specifics, so be sure not to miss them.
Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Julie Downing, is a beautiful story sharing the life of Helen Martini. As a young married couple, Helen and her husband Fred yearned to have a baby of their own. When this did not happen, her husband brought home a lion cub until the zoo took it away. Soon tigers arrived and
Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay by Alexandra Stewart, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton, is a powerful story of how Everest was conquered not just by Sir Edmund Hilary but also Tenzing Norgay. Enthralled with the unique approach to this story, I will write a separate post on this book.
Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery by Meeg Pincu, illustrated by Yas Imamura, tells the story of many curious individuals from all over the North American continent who solved the mystery of monarch migrations. Nothing says teamwork like this book, and the best part is that you can become part of the team. Another book where I liked the way the story unfolded interspersed with facts about the monarch butterfly.
I want to acknowledge the two that started this all. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? changed from becoming a meme for adults but also to including children’s lit. This idea came from Unleashing Reader blogger Kellee Moye and Jen Vincent, from the Teach Mentor Texts blog. They thought there should be a children’s lit focus too, and hence a version for #kidlit began! So join in on the fun every Monday by sharing what you just finished reading, currently are reading, or are anticipating reading. Use the hashtag #IMWAYR on your social media sites to share, follow what others are reading, and show support for #kidlit bloggers by reading and commenting.