This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey. The kid's version was started by Jen at Teach Mentor Text and Kellee at Unleashing Readers.
I had really good intentions of coming back last week and posting again, but the weather got in my way. We had another snow day last week. So I had more snow shoveling and having to redo my plans. But I also got some more reading done.
It is funny, this year I seem to be reading more chapter books than picture books so far. These first two chapter books were recommended to me by two ladies, Niki and Ann, who I have come to know and respect through Twitter and Facebook and hope to one day meet in person!
Niki, who is known on Twitter as @daydreamreader, recommended Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I really enjoyed this book. I found it easy to relate to Albie and his struggles. I still to this day remember what it was like to be the target of the "mean" kids. I can't wait to get this in my library and share with my students. Lisa Graff also wrote another favorite of mine, A Tangle of Knots, which I also highly recommend. Check out Niki's blog here.
Ann, who is know on Twitter as @KingandKids, recommended The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This was another great read! Totally appreciated the voice of Maggie, the main character. She had the right amount of angst with being too over the top. This book had many highs and lows of emotions and I was glad that I went for the ride. Check out Ann's blog here.
The last book that I'm going to write about today came from Penguin Young Readers, The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Wow, this book was worth waiting for! I have had this on my to read list since last June. I started this book Saturday morning while I ate breakfast. Well, I couldn't put it down and I sat until I finished the book! This book has so many layers of friendship, family, sadness, happiness, with a little mystery thrown in. The book made me really miss my last grandmother who past away 6 years ago. You can see my favorite picture of her below. If you haven't read this book yet, I highly recommend that you run not walk to your library or book store to get a copy! And make sure you have tissues handy, you will need them!
What have you been reading? I'm always looking for suggestions.