Every Sunday, we share the books that have found their way to our hands – from good friends, generous publishers, libraries, or loot from book sales and such. This week is extra special as we are launching our new reading theme for July and August: Nomads, Homes, and Habitats – Restlessness and Refuge in Literature.
Essentially, we are looking for all types of books with the following themes:
- Journeys, Travels, Road Trips, Vacations
- Leaving a Place, Transitions, Moves, Being in the In-between State
- Homelessness and Rootedness
- Refugees, Migrants, Immigrants, Seeking Home
- Houses, Habitats, Sanctuary, Places of Rest
Book Hunting from my Shelves
When I prepared this post, I was still in Singapore – furiously scheduling so many advance posts before I leave. As such, I made sure I raided my bookshelves to find books that would fit into our current theme:
Faraway Home by Jane Kurtz and E. B. Lewis, All The Places To Love by Patricia Maclachlan and paintings by Mike Wimmer, Away From Home by Anita Lobel
Migrant: The Journey of a Mexican Worker by Jose Manuel Mateo, Javier Martinez Pedro, Emmy Smith Ready
A Strange Place To Call Home: The World’s Most Dangerous Habitats and the Animals That Call Them Home by Marilyn Singer and Ed Young, Come With Me: Poems For A Journey by Naomi Shihab Nye and Images by Dan Yaccarino
Tim’s Moving Day by Anke Wegner and Eva Eriksson
From the Singapore Libraries
Moving House by Mark Siegel
All The Way To America: The Story Of A Big Italian Family and A Little Shovel by Dan Yaccarino
Here I Am by Patti Kim and pictures by Sonia Sanchez
Line 135 by Germano Zullo and Albertine, The Secret Subway by Shana Corey and Red Nose Studio
The Tree House That Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg & Mark Teague, The Beginner’s Guide To Running Away from Home by Jennifer Larue Huget and Red Nose Studio.
Daniel Finds A Poem by Micha Archer
I Am Yoga by Susan Verde and Art by Peter H. Reynolds
Middle Grade Love
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, Maybe A Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
My Life On the Road by Gloria Steinem – a book I ordered via Book Depository a few weeks back.
Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
Dearest Myra… I LOVE this theme for summer! HOME has been one of my favorite themes for focusing on with students – it encompasses so many underlying themes as well – family, place, belonging, community… endless possibilities here! I love the books on your list today – many I know but a few new titles here. I am excited about creating my own ‘home’ post with some of my favorites! Thank you for the inspiration!