#IMWAYR 12/7/15

I can’t believe it’s my last Monday post! Instead of fretting about what theme to end this semester on, I decided to just grab some books off of the shelf that looked or sounded fun to me- no rhyme or reason!

Here are a few of my favorites:


I loved how this book was partially a non-prose picture story and that it was (mostly) historically accurate. Not to mention, the pictures are so colorful and full of action.


This was a great story about keeping your chin up even if things don’t turn out the way you expected them to.


This colorful picture-book biography about Josephine, a girl with big dreams and even bigger dance moves. No matter what struggles she faces throughout her life, she never lets her passion burn out.


This book will forever be a favorite of mine- it’s definitely my favorite version of the classic tale.


I cannot say it better than the Goodreads synopsis so I won’t: “Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the ‘tar beach’ of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one’s world by flying over it. A practical and stunningly beautiful book.”–(starred) Horn Book.


9 thoughts on “#IMWAYR 12/7/15

  1. It looks like you compiled a great list of books! I remember reading The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and it has to be a favorite of mine as well! Also, I’ve seen a few other reviews of Tar Beach, I might have to add this to my future read list. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I loved reading The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! I remember in fifth grade, our class held a mock courtroom where the wolf had to plead his case, and their was a jury that had to decide whether or not he was guilty. Looking at it from a teacher’s view, that would be so much fun to do with students! Great post!

  3. I love the art in Tar Beach! Have you seen Patricia Hruby Powell’s picture book biography of Josephine Baker, illustrated by Christian Robinson? One of my top 5 PBs from 2014 and an absolute mystery to me why it didn’t get Caldecott Honors (though it was honored for the Sibert).

  4. I loved the Three Little Pigs book! I thought it was the best version that I have read. I would definitely read that one to my students before any of the other ones!

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