It’s Monday, What are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.
Taking this week nice and slow with two short but sweet picture books. May your week be filled with positive vibes! Happy reading!
I Am Small
Written and illustrated by Qin Leng
Published by Kids Can Press (2018)
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I Am Small tells the story of a girl named Mimi. Mimi knows she’s very small. Everyone in her family is taller than her, including their dog, Gus. Mimi is the smallest in her circle of friends, and she’s pretty sure that no one would notice her in a big crowd. Mimi’s friends explain why being small isn’t so bad. It isn’t until Mimi gets a surprise from Mom and Dad that makes her embrace who she is. What could it be?
I Can Be Kind*
Written by Heather Lester
Illustrated by Amanda Appiarius
Published by For Good Media (2018)
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In this book, a young girl named Alice talks about the things that she likes and dislikes. Her favorite thing is the sound snow makes when you step on it. Her least favorite is when bad things happen. Alice feels so small in such a big world, and she wonders how someone like herself could make the world a better place. This is an inspiring picture book by Cincinnati-based author and illustrator. It’s a beautiful reminder that even a small act of kindness is a big help. Changing the world is never going to be easy, but change must start within.
*Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to charities started by kids. For information on which charities have received donations and/or to suggest a charity for a donation, you can go to www.heatherlester.com.
Here’s a preview of what I’m currently reading…
When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.
And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.
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Love the sound of both of these books! Thank you — added to my order list!
The next couple weeks I plan to do a lot of picture books reading, too. They’re simply fantastic — especially when I have company in town and don’t have much time for long novel reading. I am adding Qin Leng’s I Am Small to my list. I wasn’t aware of this title and will have to hunt it down. Thanks for sharing, Fats, and I hope you have a fantastic reading week!
I think I need to add both of those books. I have others by Qin Leng (as an illustrator) and they have been really great. Thanks for the post!
I just finished All the Bad Apples and loved it! Hope you are enjoying it as well!
I love this Qin Leng title. Actually I love everything of hers. I’ll be on the lookout for I Can Be Kind.
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