Periodically I hope to contribute to the It’s Monday What Are You Reading (#IMWAYR) community.
I recently finished a haunting new middle grade novel by Samantha M. Clark titled The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast. This story grabbed me from the beginning and filled me with a mixture of emotions as I read, ultimately leaving me fulfilled, hopeful, and somehow changed. While it may not be for every middle grade reader, it is definitely a book that will be just right for the right reader.
Three picture books about amazing women also grabbed my attention recently.
Title: Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird Author: Bethany Hegedus Illustrator: Erin McGuire (2018, Balzer+Bray)
Title: Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story (2018, Sleeping Bear Press) Author: Lindsey McDivitt Illustrator: Eileen Ryan Ewen
Title: How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine (2018, Atheneum) Authors: Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville Illustrator: Giselle Potter
All three of these books tell the stories of strong, persistent women, who overcame obstacles in life to follow their dreams and help make the world a better place. They would all be welcome additions to classroom libraries.