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Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! So… ready for a few random Debbie book selections? celebrating a few older books this week… Happy to share a few new-to-me titles in addition to a fun reread! By the time this posts, my family will be back in the US reunited with family and friends, cannot wait!

On Saturday, I celebrated the powerful beautiful book: Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus,
illustrated by Evan Turk

This past week I also shared about the new children’s choice book program that I’m working on a committee starting up in Hong Kong: Golden Dragon Book Awards:
gdbalogoAnd I’ve read these books recently:

Ava and Pip by Carol Weston – 3rd grade and up – Realistic Fiction- Just loved this book, special book share coming up soon but for now, highly recommended! Goodreads Summary: “Outgoing Ava loves her older sister, Pip, but can’t understand why Pip is so reserved and never seems to make friends with others. When Ava uses her writing talents to help her sister overcome her shyness, both girls learn the impact their words and stories can have on the world around them.”

The Deep by Helen Dunmore – 3rd book in Ingo series – 4th/5th grade and up – Fantasy – Still enjoying my obsession with reading this book series. One more that my library has and I realized that there’s another one that was released even more recently, so have that on order to complete the collection. I love the wise people of the deep water and deep earth that resonate powerful messages in the book in addition to the idea of making friends with whales and dolphins. The plot for this book was paced better than the second and I felt that time was spent on most elements. Looking forward to reading Crossing of Ingo, not certain when I’ll read it though, on the plane? Hmm. Goodreads Summary: “The third spellbinding story about Sapphy and Conor’s adventures in the powerful and dangerous underwater world of Ingo. A devastating flood has torn through the worlds of Air and Ingo, and now, deep in the ocean, a monster is stirring. Mer legend says that only those with dual blood — half Mer, half human — can overcome the Kraken. Sapphy must return to the Deep, with the help of her friend the whale, and face this terrifying creature — and her brother Conor and Mer friend Faro will not let her go alone!”

Brothers in Hope – The Story of The Lost Boys of Sudan by Mary Williams, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie – 2005 – Quite a touching book about a displaced group of boys who ran from war into a safer place that erupted in war and then they had to flee again. Perfect for my Y5 group that is studying about conflict and refugees each year. Goodreads Summary: “A young boy unites with thousands of other orphaned boys to walk to safety in a refugee camp in another country, after war destroys their villages in southern Sudan. Based on true events.”

Oliver by Birgitta Sif – 2013 – new to me book, love it! Oliver feels like he is different but has friends who he interacts with, but those friends (puppets and stuffed animals) have their limits. Love the conclusion of the book, quite special. Great to share with students who don’t feel like they fit in… Glad this is part of the Golden Dragon Book Award program! Goodreads Summary: “An imaginative child who doesn’t quite fit in finds a kindred spirit in this utterly charming picture book from a debut author-illustrator. Oliver is different. He enjoys his solitude. He likes playing with his friends, who are puppets, stuffed animals, and other toys. With his rich imagination, Oliver’s day is never dull. There are bridges to cross, sharks to fight, and treasures to find! But maybe toys don’t always give a boy everything he needs. Maybe he needs another kind of companion. Will Oliver discover a way to be, well, different? When his tennis ball rolls across the lawn into the yard of the girl next door, he just might be surprised.”

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann – 2006 – had to finally read this book to figure out why my students were obsessed with it… Quite cute, love how I could connect this with A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon. Goodreads Summary: “Pink, pink, pink. More than anything, Pinkalicious loves pink, especially pink cupcakes. Her parents warn her not to eat too many of them, but when Pinkalicious does . . . she turns pink! What to do?”

Stranded by Jan Ramage, illustrated by Mark Wilson – 2010 – Touching beached whale rescue story from Australia. Just love how determination, community effort, selflessness, and caring were demonstrated in this easy to read aloud story. Special to think about how humans can make a difference. At the end of the book there is an author’s note about how the book is based on two rescues of whales at Busselton, Western Australia. One rescue brought in 1500 people to save over 120 stranded false killer whales. All but one whale survived. Great book to connect to learning about community action. Goodreads Summary: “The bay was awash with stranded whales. Their high-pitched calls filled the air. Ben had to get help. Based on the true story of a town whose people saved 120 beached whales, Stranded is the story of one little whale, and the boy who risked his life to save it.”

You Are What You Eat and Other Mealtime Hazards by Serge Bloch – 2010 – I grabbed this book to reread because I recently mentioned food art/found art in a blog post and was thinking about how Serge Bloch used mixed media and drew on his fruits and vegetables, integrated them into his story. Quite cute little book. Loved talking about sayings with my son. I’m sure he hears some interesting sayings from his teachers… different from some US ones that he didn’t quite understand at first… Goodreads Summary: “In this deliciously clever follow-up to Butterflies in My Stomach and Reach for the Stars, our young hero and his loyal dog, Roger, tackle another major aspect of life: eating. Mealtime should be a piece of cake, but this finicky eater eats like a bird. And that drives his mom bananas because he really should have three square meals a day. What will happen when he dines at the home of a friend whose mom is a real health nut? Maybe he’ll discover that variety is the spice of life!
Children might find these sayings puzzling at first. But Bloch’s witty and wonderful images, which mix whimsical line drawings with photographs of inanimate objects, make everything clear-and will leave readers of all ages pleased as punch.”

Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets by Quentin Blake – 2010 – Well. Angelica is like Mary Poppins but where Mary had a bag, Angelica has a pretty darn incredible overcoat that holds… everything Quentin Blake imagines from little things like mice to large things like an… ELEPHANT! Fun read aloud. Goodreads Summary: “Angelica Sprocket lives next door. Her overcoat has pockets galore! And you’ll never guess what’s in them… Prepare to be surprised, thrilled and tickled pink by Angelica Sprocket’s never-ending pockets, and the marvellous things she keeps in them!”

Chinye by Obi Onyefulu, illustrated by Evie Safarewicz – 1994 – Oh my, where has this book been? I’ve loved sharing another book, The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney for YEARS, one of my FAVORITE read alouds ever… I absolutely love exaggerating how the head is removed from the body… ok, won’t give away anything but I love that story that students and I compare with the traditional Cinderella story they’ve heard before. NOW I’ve met this book Chinye which is quite similar. While I love the Creole feel in The Talking Eggs, this story is quite beautifully set in West Africa with gourds instead of eggs. You don’t get to know the characters as well but there’s still a fantastic story woven throughout. I hope to share this with students next year. Thrilled I ordered it for the collection! Goodreads Summary: “Chinye’s callous stepmother sends her out into the dark forest to fetch water. Terror lurks behind every tree and ghostly figures cross her path, but there are even stranger surprises at her journey’s end: gold and prosperity for the person who chooses well, and whirlwind destruction for the greedy.”

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20 comments on “Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

  1. Ms. O
    June 30, 2014

    Brothers in Hope sounds like one to check out. I remember I felt so clueless after reading A Long Walk to Water (wasn’t that the name?). I just didn’t know what they’d gone through. Oh and the Ingo series. I think I meant to add those when you wrote about them before.

    • The Styling Librarian
      July 1, 2014

      It was a powerful book, good to partner with Brothers in Hope… Ingo books are great… Obsessively read them.

  2. Great book choices! I just read Grandfather Gandhi recently. I also enjoyed Sif’s Oliver.

  3. Julee Murphy at Book Egg
    June 30, 2014

    It seems like Grandfather Gandhi is the book everyone is talking about today. I have a student who is very interested in Gandhi so it sounds like a good fit for my library.

  4. I’ve not heard of The Deep series, but it sounds like something I would like very much! The picture books look good, too.

  5. Kimberley Moran
    July 1, 2014

    I don’t know any of these. You always open my eyes to new reading paths. Thank you for that!

  6. Michele Knott
    July 1, 2014

    What a great reading week you had! I have Grandfather Gandhi in my pile for today. I’ve had Ava and Pip since it was released but just haven’t gotten around to ordering it yet. I need to do that! Have a great week!

  7. Ricki Ginsberg
    July 1, 2014

    Ah, I missed You Are What You Eat and Other Mealtime Hazards, so I am glad you reread it and posted about it. It seems very fun. Thanks for sharing all of these books with us. I hopeyou have a terrific week!

  8. Tara Smith
    July 1, 2014

    The Deep sounds like a series I need to read and have in my sixth grade classroom – what a lot you’ve read this week!

  9. carriegelson
    July 2, 2014

    I loved both Brothers in Hope and Oliver. Picture books are just so fantastic! Think I should buy Ava and Pip for my classroom library.

  10. Myra GB
    July 3, 2014

    Hi there Debbie, like you I absolutely adored The Talking Eggs and reviewed it in GatheringBooks a few years back. Chinye sounds beautiful. We don’t have a copy of Brothers in Hope yet from our library, but I think Fats (one of the GatheringBooks ladies) managed to get a copy in their library in Wooster Ohio and she’d be sharing that soon. 🙂

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