Sunday, June 19, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? 6/20/16

This week I finished reading The Wednesday Wars (middle grade fiction) and reviewed Daniel Finds a Poem (excellent poetry introduction for young children).  I am currently listening to The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman on Hoopla. I have to pick a new middle grade fiction out of my stack. 

Here are some of my favorite picture books from this week’s trip to the library.   

The Adventures of Beekle:  The Unimaginary Friend (Caldecott winner)
Dan Santat
This magical story takes a clever and original turn into the world of imaginary friends.  Beekle, the imaginary friend, goes in search of his “perfect” real child.   When they finally meet, they learn about friendship and doing the unimaginable together.

A Brave Bear
Sean Taylor/Emily Hughes
While father and son travel to the river, they must overcome obstacles—some of which are challenging for the little bear.  He wants to prove he is a “big bear” though.  After he slips, his father offers to carry him.  Instead, the little bear chooses bravery over comfort. This sweet father-son picture book will warm your heart.

A Big Surprise for Little Card
Charise Mericle Harper/Anna Raff
Every card has a special job.  When Little Card is chosen as a birthday card, he is thrilled.  However, there is a mix up—causing plans to change.  Little Card embraces his new job with the same enthusiasm he did when he thought he was going to be a birthday card.  This book is perfect for teaching kids about being optimistic in all circumstances and for introducing/building excitement for the library.  

Tomie DePaola
Setting out to see the world and find his place in it, Jack attracts a following of beloved animals, such as a dog, goose, duck, chick, frog, pig, and cow.  Each ones ask, “Can I (we) come too?”  He always answers, “Yes, please do.”  The repetition allows young readers to join in the storytelling.  The group finally finds a home together in the city.  There are mixed responses from his new neighbors.

Beautiful Bananas
Elizabeth Laird/Liz Pichon
Beatrice sets off through the jungle to take her grandfather some bananas.   A giraffe accidentally knocks them out of her hands.  He replaces them with flowers, but bees swarm them—causing them to be crushed and spoiled.  The bees replace the flowers with honeycomb.  The continuous series of mishaps follows the same pattern.  Children will enjoy this circular tale from East Africa.  It is great for teaching predicting skills and sequencing.

To find out what other are reading around the web, visit Unleashing Readers for IMWAYR.


  1. I have to get Daniel Finds a Poem. It sounds great to share during a poetry writing unit. Thanks for sharing the other books as well.

    1. Yes, it is perfect for a writing unit. You will love it. :)

  2. Look like a really good reading week here. I keep meaning to find The Adventures of Beckle in the library and keep forgetting. I love a good imaginary friend book.

  3. Lots of good picture books for young ones, I think. A Brave Bear and Beautiful Bananas look very good. Thanks!

  4. Great assortment of books. I like Beekle too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. Beekle & Daniel Finds a Poem are just awesome! I've put A Brave Bear & Beautiful Bananas on my To Read list. Have a great week reading!

  6. What a lovely collection of books! Daniel Finds a Poem is new to me, thanks for sharing!

  7. Little Card looks intriguing. May have to take a loo

  8. I really enjoyed The Wednesday Wars, Beekle and Daniel Finds a Poem. These other picture books look interesting too.


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