It’s Monday! What Are You (Re)Reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Sheila DeChantal at Book Journeys and curated for children’s and YA reading by Jen Vincent and Kellee Moye at Teach Mentor Texts.

My reading for the week is going to be mostly professional nonfiction related to a course I’m taking on the Common Core State Standards for English-Language Arts. If you haven’t yet seen Pathways to the Common Core by Lucy Calkins et al, the first chapter makes some good arguments for viewing the standards in a positive way.

But one of my assignments was create my own reader’s notebook for a nonfiction book of my choosing, and fortunately I had a copy of Faith McNulty and Steven Kellogg’s If You Decide to Go to the Moon at my house. I’ve reread it several times over the years, as a librarian, a parent, and now a graduate student looking at those “complex texts” the CC standards require. It’s an unusual book: a mix of fiction and nonfiction elements, a second person point of view, an oversized square format with a double foldout. Paired with a more traditional nonfiction book about the moon or space travel, If You Decide to Go To the Moon would make a perfect text for looking at the ways different authors present similar information (that’s Reading: Informational Text Anchor Standard 9 in case anyone is wondering). And it does hold up to repeated rereadings: McNulty’s elegant writing reads aloud beautifully, and Kellogg’s illustrations make a stark contrast between the emptiness of the moon and the lush, living surface of the earth. I’m glad I read it again; there’s always more to discover in a good book!



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