Beagles and Books is excited to share another edition of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.
Our Recent Reads:
When You Are Brave by Pat Zietlow Miller Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Fans of Wherever You Go written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler will love their latest collaboration. When You are Brave is an inspiring story about how to be brave in the midst of change. The story follows a young girl moving with her family to a new house in another town. Miller’s concise melodious text and Wheeler’s use of subdued color are equally somber and match the girl’s trepidation as she embarks on her journey. Halfway through drive, the girl closes her eyes and visualize a small light inside her. The light grows giving her wings and the power to believe in herself. Miller’s words are uplifting and beautifully conveys the little girl’s positivity and Wheeler’s illustrations become vivid and brilliant.
What I love about When You are Brave is that the girl reminds us that we have the courage inside of us. When times are tough, it is easy to forget about this inner strength that we might conceal. Taking a moment to pause and breathe is the key to letting go of your worries and realizing you can weather any storm.
Special thanks to author Pat Zietlow Miller for sending a F & G to my #bookexcursion group. When You Are Brave publishes soon on March 5, 2019.
Duck and Hippo: The Secret Valentine by Jonathan London Illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Like all the books in the Duck and Hippo series, the theme of friendship is at the center of the story. In The Secret Valentine, no one knows for sure who the mystery valentine is but all the animals have their suspicions. To read my full review and enter a giveaway, click here.
Etta’s & Bella’s Dog Pick of the Week:
Wanting to spread the dog love, Beagles and Books has a weekly feature of highlighting a literary selection with a canine main character.
Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill
I love books that are told from a dog’s point of view. Homer is a dog but he feels wolfish at times. Curious about what it would be like to live as a real wolf, he cannot pass up the opportunity to enroll in Wolf Camp. After convincing his family, Homer attends Wolf Camp where he and other dogs learn the basics of how to be real wolves.
Homer soon discovers that the food and sleeping accommodations contrast his comfortable life at home but he sticks it out and becomes a honorary wolf by the end of camp. While Homer adjust backs to his dog life in his warm bed and electric blanket, his certificate hanging in his room and his howl show that he will always be a wolf at heart.
I can’t wait to read this aloud to students. Kids will find humor in the text and illustrations especially as Homer shared his experiences at Wolf Camp. His letter home is hysterical! Special thanks to my fellow #bookexcursion member Lisa Maucione for recommending this wolf-tastic picture book.