Happy Monday! I hope everyone survived the chilly weekend with nothing more than pink cheeks and some productive (or relaxing) downtime inside. I’d like to share a few books that I finished and which I am working my way through currently.
Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge (verse/graphic novel)
This was one of the most thrilling and interesting books I’ve picked up so far this semester. It was recommended by at least three of my classmates. I think it’d be great to have in a classroom library for its ease in reading, wonderful illustrations, and for its teaching value. The historical aspects of the novel will pique student interest in Romantic literature, Victorian lifestyles, and the creation of the horror genre.
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman (Nonfiction/Picture/Chapter Book – Sibert Award)
This true story about teenagers and young adults resisting the Nazi regime through words and writing is informative and inspiring. I learned a lot throughout this book, and I believe that even the harshest truths about our world history should be taught, so as not to be doomed to repeat the atrocities in Nazi Germany. The book follows two daring siblings who risked their lives for truth and freedom, no matter the outcome. Personally, I think it would be a great book for shared reading experiences in the classroom, as it would take only about a week to finish as a class.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (LBGTQ+ literature/ National Book Award)
As I wrote in my tweets, this book was a jump out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed it immensely. Albertalli has a humorous and contemporary voice that is both very real and very light at various points throughout her writing. There are moments of profanity and sexual innuendo, but I do believe this book still belongs in a classroom library. There are too many social/personal/emotional/etc. benefits to be received from reading this book for it to be banned from classrooms. It’s a feel-good kind of read that ends happily, though there are some major struggles throughout the novel. I highly recommend it, and now I kind of want to see the movie!