Graphic Novel: A Game For Swallows

Abirached, Zeina. (2012). A Game for Swallows: To die, to leave, to return. Minnesota: Graphic Universe. Graphic Novel, YA/ Teen, Nonfiction Grades 6-8 I have never really gotten into graphic novels before and didn’t know what to expect from them. I also didn’t know what the title entailed before I started reading it but I […]

Pre-1990 YA: A Summer To Die

Lowry, Lois. (1977). A Summer to Die. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Touchstone Book, YA Literature, Contemporary Realistic Fiction Grades 6-8 I had never heard of this book before but the title immediately drew me in and made me excited to read it. My first thought was that it was going to be a love story where […]

Banned Book: Junie B Jones

Park, Barbara. (2009). Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School. New York: Random House Children’s Books. Banned/Censored Book, Children’s Literature, Fiction Grades 1-3 I remember reading Junie B. Jones books as a child and loving them because of her sassy attitude and hilarious situations that she would always get herself into. I was really surprised […]

Batchelder Book: Soldier Bear

Dumon Tak, Bibi. (2008). Soldier Bear. Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Batchelder Book, Children’s Literature, Historical Fiction Grades 9-12 Soldier Bear brings light to a heavy subject of war. Throughout the book there is lots of humor between Voytek and the other characters and the irony of a bear carrying out human tasks was […]

Multicultural/Global Literature: Wonder

Palacio, R. J. (2012). Wonder. New York: Penguin Random House Company. Children’s Literature, Fiction (Contemporary Realistic) Grades 5-8   Before reading this book I never made the connection of what the book actually was. I had seen the cover in bookstores, libraries and have witnessed others reading it because of the very distinct cover art […]

Caldecott Book: Smoky Night

Book Information Bunting, Eve. (1994). Smoky Night. Florida: Harcourt Brace & Company. Caldecott Medal, Children’s Literature, Picture Book, General Fiction Grades K-3 I enjoyed this book a lot because of the parallels between the interactions of the people and the interactions among the cats in the story. The book had a strong story with an […]