It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey with a children's/YA version at Teach Mentor Texts.
When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made edited by Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett for Rotskoff's author event. Like any compilation, some entries are more compelling than others, but overall I really liked the extremely broad approach, ranging from behind-the-scenes accounts of the original production to critiques of how well the material has held up in terms of the changing social values. Anyone interested in nonsexist child rearing or the history of women's liberation should pick this up.
I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King Jr. by Arthur Flowers, illustrated by Manu Chitraker. This melding of an Indian scroll painter's artwork and an African-American griot's words to tell the story of the life of Martin Luther King is simply astounding. Everything about it is unique and beautiful and exciting. The story of how the collaboration came to be (told in the editor's notes) is almost as good as the book itself. It is, however, not always appropriate for the young ones as it does not gloss over any violence or any of the subject's flaws. I read a sample copy from Groundwood Books.
Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman, since our River City Readers at Patrick Henry will be receiving the book and seeing the play at Metro Theater Company. I'm not very far in, but it looks like an interesting original way for kids to find out about the history of racial prejudice. The baseball angle definitely makes it something easy to pick up.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott on my Kobo app. I can't wait to be done with it. It's really just unbearable.
I also read some picture books from the Perseus/PGW/Consortium Spring catalog. All were sample copies/F&Gs from the publishers.
The Girl of the Wish Garden: A Thumbelina Story by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Nasrin Khosravi
A beautiful and dreamy loose interpretation of the classic fairy tale.
I Dreamt...: A Book About Hope by Gabriela Olmos
This beautiful and inspirational book about children coping with fear doubles as a fundraiser for bibliotherapy for children in violent nations.
Foxy! by Jessica Souhami
A traditional trickster tale told with a repetitive nature little ones will find appealing and multicultural illustrations.
Night Sounds by Javier Sobrino and Emilio Urberuaga, translated by Elisa Amado
A bedtime story with a sweet message, but perhaps a bit wordy and awkward in translation.
A collection of alphabetical poems about emotions, this is a mixed bag.
A beginning word book. Great for multicultural libraries (all the photographs are from Mali), but rather a niche market.
Again, if you don't have a demand for Malian books, there probably won't be much interest.
Tamalitos: Un poema para cocinar/A Cooking Poem by Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Domi
Argueta's dreamy and fanciful bilingual recipe poems with Domi's bright and colorful illustrations are truly unique and wonderful.
Daisy's Big Dig by Angie Morgan
A cute story about the value of community. Love the collage illustrations.
Sorting Through Spring by Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron
This clever merging of science and math would be perfect for elementary school classrooms.
Windblown by Edouard Manceau
A visually appealing book that should awaken creativity.
A fun poem about the double-sided nature of cats that their owners will definitely relate to. Great illustrations.
A beautiful book about the wide variety of cats in the world.
Oy Feh So? by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Gary Clement
A cute enough story.
When Dad Was Away by Liz Weir, illustrated by Karin Littlewood
A nice book about an often-ignored topic, the incarceration of a parent. However, originating in the UK means the details may be different than in other countries.
The Enduring Ark by Joydeb Chitrakar and Gita Wolf
This is a cool book. An Indian version of Noah and the Ark, it can be read as a normal book or folded out accordian-style.
It's Not Fairy by Ros Asquith
An odd book. Not sure about this one.
My Neighbor Is a Dog by Isabel Minhos Martins and Madalena Matoso
This is a fantastic book about tolerance. Kids living in multi-unit buildings will enjoy seeing their urban experience reflected.
The Glow in the Dark Book of Space by Nicholas Harris, illustrated by Sebastian Quigley
A nice basic space facts book. The glow in the dark really works!
Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland
A touching tale of being a refugee from a child's point of view. Very sweet.
What's Up, Bear?: A Book About Opposites by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Sean L. Moore
Cute, but not the most effective opposite book around. Perhaps best for audiences with an interest in New York City.
What a Party! by Ana Maria Machado, illustrated by Helene Moreau
A fun multicultural sort of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
Wishbones: A Folk Tale from China by Barbara Ker Wilson, illustrated by Meilo So
Dark in a very odd way.
A Day at the Lake by Stephanie Wallingford and Dawn Rynders, illustrated by Erica Pelton Villnave
Cute, but nothing remarkable.
ABC London by James Dunn, illustrated by Kate Slater
Fun, but I'm not sure we have much audience for it.
A fun book about imagination. Very vivid.
I also read a couple of books that came in for consignment review. Both were sample copies from the authors.
Being a Blue Angel: Every Kid's Guide to the Blue Angels by Mark I. and Amy C. Sutherland
An interesting and fairly in-depth look at the entire Blue Angels team, but perhaps better suited for libraries.
It's All Up to Me by Ms. Moochie
A fairly standard you-can-be-whatever-you-want-to-be book. The rhymes are often forced.
Next week, I'll be finishing Jackie and Me and moving on to one of the middle grade/YA selections for this year's World Book Night.
What are you reading?