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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! Enjoying books week by week… I decided to spread out what I’m reading recently over a few weeks… so this isn’t everything but I’ve enjoyed them all!


In the New World – A Family in Two Centuries by Gerda Raidt, illustrated by Christa Holtei – Fascinating exploration of a family migrating to America and then another family exploring their culture and history. Goodreads Summary: “The story of Robert and Margarete and their children Johannes and Dorothea, who emigrate from Germany to the United States in 1850. After landing in New Orleans and joining a wagon train headed west to Nebraska, the family establishes a farm outside Omaha. The book ends with a switch to modern day with descendants of Robert and Margarete living on the same farm. They make the decision to investigate their roots and visit Germany, reversing the trip their ancestors made.”

Talking Walls by Margy Burns Knight, illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien – Fascinating to explore history of different walls around the world… Goodreads Summary: “Talking Walls introduces young readers to different cultures by exploring the stories of walls around the world and how they can separate or hold communities together.”

Why We Live Where We Live by Kira Vermond, illustrated by Julie McLaughlin – Excellent exploration of homes, reasons why homes are built in certain areas, and more. Goodreads Summary: “Why do you live where you do? The answer is a lot more complicated than it might seem. Why that house? Why this community? Why do cities sprout where they do? And what makes living there even possible? Geography, topography, climate, landscape, food, politics, economics, and more all play a role in how we choose the place we call home. This book takes readers on a tour of various ways humans adapt to our environments — or change them to suit our needs. It considers the big picture — we live on Earth because it has a breathable atmosphere — right down to the little things, like friendly neighbors, that simply make us happy. Why We Live Where We Live looks back in history at the transition from nomadic hunting to farming and the rise of cities following the Industrial Revolution. It also looks ahead to anticipate new concerns: how will climate change and rising water affect people who live near the ocean? Can humans survive in space? This comprehensive, cross-curricular resource will equip readers with solid background in human habitation and context about their place on the planet.”

Zoobots – Wild Robots inspired by Real Animals by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Alex Ries – Really cool to look through these inventive robots that were inspired by real animals. Goodreads Summary: “Innovations in the world of robotics are multiplying, with many cutting-edge breakthroughs, and this exciting and timely new book for young readers explores one particularly intriguing area: the world of robo-animals, or zoobots. In an attempt to design robots that can solve problems or perform tasks that humans can’t, or just can’t do easily, roboticists have been looking at the unique skills some animals have. Using something called mechatronics — mechanical and electrical engineering combined with computer science — they are finding ways to closely mirror those skills in robot form. Some fascinating examples from the book of what zoobots can do include: finding survivors of a fire using sensitive, computerized “whiskers”; scaling skyscraper walls using super stickiness; or delivering drugs deep within the human body using microscopic whiptails for locomotion.”

The Year of the Three Sisters by Andrea Cheng, illustrated by Patrice Barton – Beautiful fourth book in the Anna Wang Novel series. Loved that this book included the perspective of a young girl who comes to America as an exchange student. Reading about how she goes through homesickness and is converned about doing what is right and not disappointing her family back in China is quite touching. Also appreciated how the other kids learn to look at situations from more than one perspective and grow with that ability. Goodreads Summary: “Astute Anna discovers that sisterhood really can cross continents and cultures in this heartwarming fourth book in the Anna Wang series. Patrice Barton’s lively and warm illustrations bring Anna’s story to life.”

Brave Chicken Little by Robert Byrd – Very humorous take on the traditional Chicken Little story. Enjoyed the changes this author added to the story and was amused by the ending. Goodreads Summary: “Whack! What’s that? Could it be? A piece of the sky! Oh my! Chicken Little and his friends run, run, run to tell the king. Nothing stands in the way except…the sly Foxy Loxy. Surely they have time to stop for lunch with Foxy and his kits. But what happens when Chicken Little and company find themselves on the menu?”

Sneaker Century – A History of Athletic Shoes by Amber J. Keyser – Fascinating exploration of the history of athletic shoes through time. I loved learning and piecing together random bits of knowledge into an understanding about how sneakers developed over time with the influence of athletes, cost, various uses, business movels, exploitation and environmental impact. Couldn’t stop reading this book. Goodreads Summary: “Sneakers, first invented in 1868, have profoundly influenced athletics, fashion, music, culture, and the global economy over the last century plus. Sneaker Century takes a look at these incredible shoes, from the earliest rubber version of the ancient world to Kanye’s $90,000 Air Yeezy 2’s. Readers will gather information and draw conclusions about the latest high-tech models, the global manufacture of sneakers, big money endorsements, and the political aspects of the sneaker world.”

Decoding Genes with Max Axiom Super Scientist by Amber J. Keyser, illustrated by Tod G. Smith and Al Milgrom – Graphic Novel- elementary school/middle school – I felt like I understood and learned more about genes after reading this novel. It was pretty fascinating. Love how the facts, dialogue, and non-fiction text intermingle with the graphic novel format. Goodreads Summary: “You never had a science teacher like this! Max Axiom is a super-cool super-scientist. Using powers he acquired in a freak accident. Max demonstrates and explains science in ways never before seen in the classroom. Whether shrinking down to size of an ant or riding on a sound wave, Max can do whatever it takes to make science super cool and accessible.”


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

  1. Lisa Maucione (@DrLMaucione)
    October 19, 2015

    You have a couple of nonfiction books that sound great. I enjoy books that provide interesting information. They are also on topics that I think would be of interest to students.

    • The Styling Librarian
      October 31, 2015

      Terrific! Hope they turn out useful to you. Happy reading to you. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Jane Whittingham
    October 19, 2015

    I like the idea of a history of sneakers (though here we call them “runners” – I don’t know if the kids in my library would know what sneakers are!) – I like sharing histories of every day items that encourage kids to take a closer look at things they might otherwise take for granted. Thanks for sharing!

  3. msyingling
    October 20, 2015

    I have some struggling readers who adore the Cheng books, and Sneaker Century was great fun but made me feel old. I remember buying Reeboks in 1981– I think they were a sort of turquoise suede. Before that, it was Keds all the time!

  4. Cheriee Weichel
    October 20, 2015

    I was especially excited to read about The Year of the Three Sisters, because I’ve got readers who love Andrea Cheng’s books. I’m wondering how Native Americans are portrayed in In the New World – A Family in Two Centuries.

    • The Styling Librarian
      October 31, 2015

      It was so exciting to discover that one was out! 🙂 I must pay attention and notice Native American portrayal in picture books…

  5. Myra GB
    October 20, 2015

    Why We Live Where We Live looks great. Seems like a great multicultural trend here for most of the picturebooks, will definitely check those out. I haven’t read any of Andrea Cheng’s books yet, really intrigued.

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