Updates on literacy, books, and reading.
Finding Yourself in Books
Can books help you choose who you want to be or how you react to the events in your life? One perspective in the first link.
The second link you'll find more practical. A fabulous list of all the strong girls we want our kids to meet in books before they tackle Katniss. A great list of recommendations for the kids who are ready for a little more than what they had in elementary school but less than the intensity of The Hunger Games.
The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
A rare book that you could recommend to both sports fans and to the kids who like "sad" books. Peter's family has undergone a tragedy and is falling apart. He thinks he knows the one thing that will bring them back together--baseball. Lovely book, with characters you truly care for.
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
Katherine Rundell wrote Rooftoppers and Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, but she has truly won my heart with the book. A strong, independent heroine, the wolves she's trying to "wild", and a boy with a unique type of quiet bravery all trek across the Russian countryside to rescue her mama from prison, inspiring revolution along the way. A gripping story, intriguing characters, and a truly satisfying ending. I read it in one sitting. Great read-aloud for those kids who need some action in their books!
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (adult)
A teenage girl in the late 1980s loses her beloved uncle to AIDS. As her family tries to recover she heals by bonding with an unlikely person. Tears. Lots of tears. But wonderfully written and gripping.