I didn't get as much read this week - oldest daughter was home on vacation for a week from DC and I was putting last touches on a workshop I'm actually doing today - but what I did read was so amazing, I had to share at least a short post today.
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine -- Ironically, I had been reading this book when I saw Bill review it on
our blog. In my humble opinion, I couldn't agree with him more that
this was an amazing book, and one that deserves extra notice next
January. This book will be part of my class this year - trying to
decide what is the best fit - whole class read aloud or a book club.
Really leaning toward whole class -- would be a genre I don't read a lot
(historical fiction), and it's a wonderful story I want to share with
as many children as possible. The Lions of Little Rock definitely makes the
list of my Top 5 favorite books so far in 2012, and that's high praise
this year when so many wonderful books have been published.
Floors by Patrick Carman -- Floors was also recommended by my blog partner, Bill, and what a great
recommendation it was! The setting is the Whippet Hotel in NYC. This is
not just any hotel; this hotel has so many mazes and hidden parts it
was sometimes overwhelming to keep track of everything, but always fun
and adventurous. I know Bill just picked up the ARC of the book that is
the sequel to Floors, so I'm hoping it will tie up some loose ends
about the ending of this first book for me. But I think kids will love the zaniness of the
Whippet Hotel -- it's like a hotel and amusement park all wrapped together.
Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank -- Just started reading books by Dorothea Benton Frank this summer - why
did I wait so long? This is her most recent one with Sullivan's Island
as a background. I love her Southern characters. But I do get famished
while reading her books because the cooking described within is
amazing! **Note: this was my adult read for the week; not a children's book.
Please join Kellee and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts, who are the cohosts of this wonderful Monday event! I love finding out
what others are reading, and start planning my next week's reading using
some of the participants ideas.