It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (IMWAYR) is a weekly challenge begun by Sheila at Book Journey to encourage others to share the books they are reading each week. Jen at Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers added the "From Picture Books to YA" element to Sheila's idea. Many thanks to these four women for creating a fun way to share our reading lists. Please be sure to visit their blogs and see what they've read over the past week.
Roxie's Doors by Roxie Munro
This isn't the first time I've read Roxie's Doors but it is the first time I've read it on Tumblebooks. I originally read the app version of this book and wrote a review of it after connecting with Roxie Munro (@roxiemunro) on Twitter. The Tumblebooks version is pretty close to the app version, with interactive doors and all. I included the book as part of our unit on National Poetry Month.
Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim
With Mother's Day coming up, I've been working on a family theme for library displays and coming up with a list of books to read on Tumblebooks. Ruby's Wish was one of those books that showed up in my search for books on families.
It is a very powerful story about being a girl and growing up in China, based on the life of the author's grandmother. I'm glad I wasn't reading it aloud to students because I wouldn't have been able to finish the book without getting a little choked up.
Even though I am using this book to promote books on families, I think it would be great to read at Chinese New Year, or when studying life in China or Asia. In fact, I decided to find some other books and set them out for students in case they wanted to learn more about Asian countries, culture or folktales.
Old Mother Hubbard and Her Wonderful Dog
by James Marshall
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
I am a lucky gal. Very, very lucky. I received a digital copy of this ARC through Edelweiss and I'm in the midst of reading it. Afterworlds pretty much a book-within-a-book with another part of a book added in here and there, making up a total of 610 pages of pure Westerfeld genius.
Back in February I wrote about Westerfeld's Uglies series in another IMWAYR post and made this comment regarding Extras:
The one thing I appreciated about Extras, however, was Westerfeld's futuristic interpretation of social media and internet fame which permeated this final book.
I'll write a more formal review of the book once I finish it.