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.
Last week, I featured two bunny-themed picture books. Today, I have two more to add to the list. These are two of my favorite reads during this quarantine. I hope you find a copy online or make sure you add it to your list of books to check out when your library re-opens!
In a Jar
Written and illustrated by Deborah Marcero
Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons (2020)
Meet Llewellyn. He is a collector. He loves to collect things in jars. These include wonderful things such as buttercups, feathers, and heart-shaped stones. When Llewellyn meets Evelyn, Llewellyn hands her a jar filled with cherry light. Since then, Llewellyn and Evelyn collect things together. One day, Evelyn tells Llewellyn that her family is moving away. What will happen to their friendship? In a Jar is a beautiful reminder that friendship knows no distance. This book is a keeper and made me a fan of Marcero’s tender watercolor illustrations.
Rabbit and the Motorbike
Written by Kate Hoefler
Illustrated by Sarah Jacoby
Published by Chronicle Books (2019)
Rabbit lives in a quiet field of wheat. Just like the hobbits you’ve read in stories, Rabbit has never left, although he dreamed about it night. Dog is Rabbit’s friend. Dog visits Rabbit on his motorbike. Dog loves telling Rabbit about the things he’s done and the places he’s been to. Rabbit enjoys Dog’s stories because Rabbit feels like he’s right there with Dog. One day, Rabbit finds Dog’s motorbike and a few of Dog’s belongings in front of his house. But where is Dog and what will Rabbit do with Dog’s stuff? Rabbit and the Motorbike offers a gentle portrayal of dealing with loss and grief. It also adds a beautiful message that “the world is beautiful if you’re brave enough to see it.” If you enjoy Sarah Jacoby’s artwork, you’ll certainly enjoy flipping through the pages of Rabbit and the Motorbike.