Hello everyone, hope you had a good weekend! This week, we focused on some award winning books. Without further ado, let’s get into the readings!!
Coretta Scott King Award
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
At first glance, this book is beautiful. I love the oil pastel type of art used in it! This books was a nice quick read, one thing I loved is when reading the book, some words have different font than others (beautiful, art, artist, mi amor). This important to note because these words are the more important thing to take away from the pages. This book is short but has a great storyline that goes up and down like a chapter book rather than a picture book.
Pura Belpre Award
Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
I am a sucker for dogs so of course I love this book. I think it is a sweet story and the different language involved when reading can expand to multiple different students with English as a second language. Overall, this book is cute and has great illustrations. There is a video online about the author and she explains why she picked the final illustrations and it is very interesting to see her picks and why. This video takes you a little deeper than the actual story.
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh
This book was interesting because of the different languages used, like in Juana and Lucas. The book begins with “And this is his story”, this is interesting to use in a picture book because this is usually only seen in chapter books. I think using this in picture books can make it easier for student to make that transition from picture books to chapter books. The illustrations were very well incorporated into the story. However, my favorite is the cover, I mean come on!
Schneider Family Award
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jennifer Bryant
I wish I would have read this books when I was little. It is SO informative! This book is about Louis Braille who created the six dot alphabet for people who are blind. I am 19 and I did not know what each dot pattern specifically met until reading this book. If this is learned at a younger age, the better off! It is different because it teaches a life lesson rather than science or math. I will definitely use this book in my classroom!
Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman
Back to the dogs, I am a sucker! This book is so sweet because the dog is trying so hard for a job with this farmer. It is a fun story watching the dog play different characters for the farmer all for a job! The illustrations are simple but make the story that much better. The simple illustrations allow readers to focus more on the words than the pictures. I will definitely use this book in my classroom as well! This is my favorite book that I read this week.
Overall, all these books were great but I would recommend the Job Wanted the most!
Until next time,