Monday, April 8, 2013
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
On Mondays, Jen Vincent and Kellee Moye host What Are You Reading? on their blog, teachmentortext.com. If you are ever in need of a book recommendation, this is a guaranteed place to find some!
I've been reading books that will work with some of the social studies curriculum that I've been working on and this week, I read several, but two that I will share here.
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis is the first of a trilogy about a girl living in Afghanistan within the last fifteen years. Thank you so much to Tara for this recommendation! Parvana, the main character, introduced me more intimately to the plight of people living with the Taliban. Many of the books I read were longer than this one, and I appreciated the concise, but high-impact story. I have the next two books in the trilogy on my nightstand and I am sure that I will need to hear about Parvana's survival before next week.
Our school media specialist put this next one in my hands and I am so glad that she did! The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman is an absolutely beautiful book about immigration to the United States. This book could not only be used within an American history unit, but also would make a great mentor text because the grandfather saves important mementos and uses them as the foundations and inspirations for his memories.