The books we talked about this week were
The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan (book #1)
by Maxwell Eaton III
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth (book #1)
by Judd Winick
Ten True Tales: The Secret Agent and Other Spy Kids
by Allan Zullo
The Tale of Meshka the Kvetech
by Carol Chapman
GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys
by Bob Rackza
by Raina Telgemeier
Although we really enjoyed the poetry in it, the kids did raise some questions about the boy stereotypes in Guyku. I think they were searching for the poems to be more universal. I do agree with them that it would have been nice to see some non-traditional images, like a boy wearing pink or playing with dolls. Two books that spring to my mind, as consciously trying to break open these stereotypes, are What Mommies Do Best / What Daddies Do Best by Laura Numeroff and William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow.
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