Mindy's April 2017 Reading Report

Now featuring picture books! I'm sure I didn't catch every single picture book I read this month, but I managed to keep track of a sampling of them. Enjoy!

This was a good month reading diversely, but not so good for reading outside of my usual genres. Making a note of that for next month.

For Little Kids

Let's start with the picture books...

I liked all of these, but the highlight this month was poetry, which seems appropriate. Things to Do and If You were the Moon were both lovely poetic looks at nature that would be great for a language arts or science class respectively.

And early chapter books....

Two diverse early chapter book choices! One #ownvoices title. Love it!

Oh, and don't let the dragon fool you, Dragons and Marshmallows is really about introducing the scientific method to kids. It's pretty cute and stars a girl of color who loves science.

For Older Kids

This is Just a Test reminded me that the 1980's is considered historical fiction when it comes to children's books, and The First Rule of Punk was contemporary but since zines play a role in the story, I kept feeling like I was back in the '90's. Both were everything you want in a middle grade novel: funny and heartwarming. Plus, both are #ownvoices.

For Teens

I'm excited to see Jeff Zentner and Meg Medina at the Twin Cities Teen Lit Con on May 6th, so of course I had to read their books.

And here are two more teen novels I read this month. I'd give mixed reviews to both.

For Adults

Diane Guerrero's memoir came to my attention when it won an Alex Award. The focus is on immigration issues and how Guerrero's parents' deportation when she was a teen affected her life.

Marcie Rendon's book may look like a murder mystery, but that's only the background. The focus is on the coming-of-age of the 19 year-old protagonist and the affects of her childhood in the foster care system after being taken from her mother. Rendon's author's note explains more about the Indian Child Welfare Act.

I read Between the World and Me for a book club, and it is every bit as good as everyone has been saying it is. Just read it already.

See what else I've read this year:

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