It’s Monday! What are you reading?

This week I checked out five great award winners from Coretta Scott King Award, Pura Belpre Award, Sibert Medal, Schneider Family Award, and Nebraska’s  Golden Sower Award.


La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

La Princesa and the Pea is the 2018 Puea Belpre Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. This story is based on the classic Prince falls for a girl who he believe is the one for him, but the Prince’s mother has other plans for the girl to test her if she really is fit to be a Princess.


Six Dots story by Jen Bryant, Illustrations by Boris Kulikov

I would have to stay out of the five books this one is hands down the one of the most inspirational stories I have read. It tells the story of young Louis Braille who lost his sight at only five years old and his mission to find a whole new system for writing that he could read by touch. This book won the Schneider Family Book Award in 2017. This award honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.


Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot Text by Sy Montgomery, Photographs by Nic Bishop

This text is great! and I highly encourage every student or have every teacher to read this book in class. Kakapo Rescue tells the true story of this very rare bird with only ninety- one left in the world. I believe it is important to teach our students about animals that are on the edge of extensions before it is too late… This informative text won the Robert E. Sibert Award, this award goes to the author and illustrator with the most distinguished informative text of the year.


Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney and Illustrator: Brain Pinkney

Andrea Pinkney choose ten African American men and presented them in a way that contrasts them sharply against the popular images and history of black men in this country. Concentration on their positive accomplishments as well as their personal visions and vales. Such as Kakapo Rescue this book also deserves to be on book shelves in every classroom around America. I feel it is important to express the history of American so we do not repeat our mistakes again. This text won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2013.


Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

This Gold Sower Winner is a great novel for those who love a great mystery.  The main character is fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi. Her and her long time friend Marshall who is a seventh grader decide to take a new routine to their Woodbridge Academy  after Marshall has in a conflict with the new boy in school Chad Wilson. They soon get lost, and they find trouble. Bigger than anyone could ever have imaged.



4 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”

  1. Fantastic book list! I’m going to check out the braille book, that sounds so inspiring. It is really important to me to have books that represent all kinds of people and situations in the classroom. I also am intrigued by Fuzzy Mud. I’m steering towards older children for my teaching career, so this kind of book sounds like a good one to check out. A lot of the books I’m reading are chapter books and I feel like I have to read the picture books pretty quickly so I have time to read and digest the more complex themes and structure of these older kids stories. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Six dots and the fuzzy mud both look and sound like good books! I’m interested to know how you find which books you are going to read? Do you just go through the list and pick one or is there something else? Looks like you really got to read some good books this week!


  3. I also read “La Princesa and the Pea” and really enjoyed it! I thought it was a great take on a classic tale. “Six Dots” sounds awesome as well. Such an interesting story. I always love to see true stories in children’s literature that can also educate adults on history!


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