On the fence about a particular book you'd like to read? Don't be!
I invite you to enjoy my recommendation of a select collection of books. It is my hope that parents, as well as educators, can gain additional perspectives on the book and implement them for reading for enjoyment, in the classroom, or with lessons and activities.
Seek, enjoy the hunt, and prey on books. It's what the pages crave!
And it's the best meal your brain will ever have.
~ Wenndy Pray
It's A Book
Smith, L. (2010). It's a book. New York, NY: Roaring Book Press.
Growing up in the
twenty-first century can be technologically overwhelming as a kid. It’s often difficult for even adults to
appreciate the feeling of a solid, hard back, the crisp pages, and the scent of
paper. It’s A Bookbrings it home for
children and adults. In this diatribe between what technology can
do and how a book doesn’t do any of it, Lane Smith brings the simple characters
alive through the use of lines in her illustrations. The Jackass constantly inquired about a book’s
technological capabilities and the Monkey appeases his inquiries. The latter’s
frustration is evident through the use of lines in the illustrations in the
subtleties of facial expression and body composition. This important theme of
appreciating the simplicity of books and where a book can take you is an
important thing for little ones to know.
Parents, this is a great
book to introduce to your child if you want to encourage them to read. Use the story’s characters and the important
lesson they’re teaching to foster a love of books.
This story is also
important in the classroom to inspire debates among young readers. It can be
used to lay the foundation for integral parts of persuasive speaking.
Here's a book trailer to help peek your interest...
Wilson, S. M. & Mirokawa, M. (2015). Lafcadio Hearn's the faceless ghost and other macabre tales from Japan. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
This collection of translated stories includes the following titles: Diplomacy (a tale about how one's state of mind before death affects those you leave behind), The Snow Woman (a story about the effect of broken promises), Of A Mirror And A Bell (a tale about how devotion and determination can lead to uncertain results), Hoichi The Earless (a story of Hoichi, a blind biwa player who plays for the dead), The Faceless Ghost (a retelling of an encounter with a faceless woman in the mountains), and The Gratitude of the Samebito (a tale about how a true act of kindness can have big rewards). In each tale, characters experience internal conflict, conflict with the past, honor, and the consequences of betrayal.
Japanese tales have been the inspiration for movies like The Grudge, which I thought was incredibly scary, and the conce…
Block, F. L. (1998). I was a teenage fairy. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
A life of a young girl trapped in her mother's dream of being a model - this is Barbie's life. The book starts examining Barbie's life at the age of 11. Her mother, a woman with a failed dream, drives her daughter to be the model she couldn't be. Barbie continues to model into her teens, and when she is 16 years old meets Todd. Todd is another model who later becomes Barbie's boyfriend. Griffin, Todd's gay roommate, also becomes very good friends with Barbie. Barbie is the product of a dysfunctional family. Her mother forces her to be a part of the modeling world by any means necessary, putting Barbie in harm's way when she meets a photographer, who she and Griffin call a crocodile because they don't like him. Both Barbie and Griffin have been sexually molested by this photographer, and that's why they both see a fairy named Mab. Mab talks to Barbie in this inc…
Telgemeier, R. (2012). Drama. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.
Callie is a seventh grader in love with stage design and has a crush on Greg. But after Greg doesn't share the same feelings, she decides to occupy her time executing the best set design for the school play, Moon Over Mississippi. She continues to work in the midst of school friend drama. While she tries to get over Greg, brothers Justin and Jesse walk into her life. Justin tries out for the lead in the play and gets a secondary part. He also confesses to Callie that he is gay. Callie is there for him and continues to work hard on the set. She sets her eyes on Justin's brother Jessie. On the last showing, the leading lady refuses to perform because the leading man broke up with her, and it's Jesse who dresses up and sings the lady's part to save the show. Callie is thrilled to be stage director next year and to have great friends. Drama includes conflicts that plague any teenager. This graphic novel is a g…