Bella and I are excited to share our latest reads in 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:
Sloth Wasn’t Sleepy by Kate Messner Illustrated by Valentina Toro
Sloth can’t sleep. When she closes her eyes, she sees scary animals like snakes and jaguars that fill her mind with worry. Luckily, Mama has some relaxing strategies to help Sloth calm down. Together. they listen to the trees, feel the wind, breathe in, count and breathe out. Sloth is getting tired but still anxious. What if her worries return? Mama teaches her steps to let a worry go by closing her eyes, visualizing, and setting it free. One by one, Sloth said so long to each worry, took a deep breath, and drifted away to sleep.
Mama clearly knows how to support Sloth in overcoming her fears. Messner’s lyrical text and Lamug’s warm illustrations gave me a sense of calm and peace; therefore, I know children who are feeling nervous about bedtime will benefit from this comforting real aloud. Thanks to Samantha Sacks of Sounds True for sending a copy to Beagles and Books. Sloth Wasn’t Sleepy recently published on January 12, 2021.
The Whole Hole Story by Vivian McInerny Illustrated by Ken Lamug
Zia has a hole in her pocket but she still fill it with items. Some things stay safe and some things fall out. Over time, the hole grows big enough that Zia herself falls through. As she sits at the bottom of the hole, Zia wonders. What can the hole be? First, a fishing hole. Then a place to swim. As Zia floats in the hole, she saw thirsty animals in the clouds and invited them to drink from her now watering hole. After being threatened by a greedy lion, she plugged up the hole and thought big which meant an elephant. When the elephant got stuck in the hole, Zia dug the hole deeper to free the animal. When Zia finally got home, snow was falling. After ice skating, she lifted the hole and rolled it but it fell on top on her. Once she crawled out, Zia realized she was in control of the hole so she decided to put it back in her pocket.
What I love about The Whole Hole Story is that Zia is an adventurous soul. McInerny’s words tells readers that Zia is not scared because she knows the hole is imaginary. Lamug’s expressive and playful illustrations show Zia’s initial excitement and her plucky attitude when faced with challenges. Zia teaches kids to take control of a situation and use their imagination to problem solve. Thanks to illustrator Ken Lamug for sending a copy to Beagles and Books. The Whole Hole Story recently published on January 12, 2021.
Bella’s 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.
Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter
In Maggie’s family, her parents are absorbed with getting ready for the new baby and her twin brothers have each other which makes her feel a little left out. That is all going to change on her tenth birthday. Why? Maggie finally gets something to call her own-a dog! But when she visits the shelter with her family and meets the puppy she wants to adopt, her body reacts differently than her heart. Maggie’s nose itches and she can’t stop scratching. Her dream of owning a dog is shattered when she discovers she is allergic to any animal with fur or feathers. And while hopeful Maggie tries out non-allergic pets, none of them work out long term.
Not only is Maggie feeling lonely at home, but also at her new elementary school. Fortunately, Claire, who is just one year older, moves in next door and she and Maggie become fast friends until Claire gets a dog. Feeling betrayed, Maggie distances herself from Claire but after some time, she gets the courage to apologize and explain the true severity of her allergies. Back to being besties, Claire helps Maggie secretly get a pet mouse but between her allergies flaring up again and her brothers sneaking into her room, Maggie is forced to say goodbye again. Will Maggie find a way to come to terms with her allergies and her place in the family?
Inspired by her own experiences with allergies, Lloyd’s text was honest and heartfelt which helps readers identify and connect with Maggie. What I loved most about the story is Maggie’s realization that she is an integral part of her family, for when her mother goes to the hospital, her brothers really need her and once her little sister is born, she feels an immediate bond to this new little soul. Nutter’s warm and dynamic illustrations bring Lloyd’s text to life, perfectly showing her feelings as she experiencing both heartache and joy.
Thanks to Meghan Wagner Lloyd for sharing an eARC and Scholastic Book Clubs for the early finished copy. Allergic publishes soon on March 2, 2021.
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