Friday, July 24, 2009

Read and Review

Each summer my love of Children's Literature has facilitated my participation in an event via my Reading Council (Foothill) aptly called "Read and Review." Each Thursday morning we book enthusiasts descend upon the Stone Library, located on the campus of the Claremont Graduate School, to read and review all that is new in Children's Literature. I taught Summer School this year for the first time, which prevented me from partaking in this camaraderie until last week. Thus far I've read some great new novels, and two beautiful picture books.

"City Boy" by Jan Michael is a touching story set in contemporary Malawi and examines the AIDS epidemic from the eyes of a young boy named Sam.

"Tango, the Tale of an Island Dog" by Eileen Beha will appeal to all those who love a good animal adventure story.

In "14 Cows for America" Carmen Agra Deedy, in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, brings awareness to an extraordinary gift given to the United States by the Masaai people of Kenya following the events of 9/11. I would be remiss not to mention the breathtaking artwork of Thomas Gonzalez which compliments Deedy's simple text.

Finally, in "A River of Words: the story of William Carlos Williams" the unique artwork of illustrator Melissa Sweet marries with Jen Bryant's account of the life of poet William C. Williams to create a beautiful picture book that would be a worthwhile addition to any classroom library.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

As a sixth grade teacher and children's literature enthusiast (fiend might be a more appropriate word choice) I have been inspired by the wealth of information found on the blogs of many a kindred spirit. So, here I go...