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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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**Descending from newly read to older**

  

  • More Mo Willems! Trent just adores him, and who can blame him?
  • Trent says he loved all of the books, but his favorite picture books from this batch (that are not Mo Willems books) are: Snowballs by Lois Ehlert; How to Be a T-Rex by Ryan North; Good Night, Mr. Panda by Steve Anthony; You Must Bring a Hat by Simon Philip; and Over-Scheduled Andrew by Ashley Spires
  • I read Leave It To Abigail! and Fight of the Century by Barb Rosenstock and wow! Some amazing narrative biographies about just two revolutionary women!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2019 Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

This week, I had a meeting with all of my Master’s advisees on their projects. I enjoyed reading their papers and progress, so I didn’t finish any books beyond those that I read to my sons for bedtime.

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  • Listening: How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox
  • Reading: The Toll by Neal Shusterman (I am hoping to finish as soon as I am done with this post!)
  • After that? Who knows! With NCTE and ALAN coming up, I do not get as much reading done, but I will be surrounded by some amazing books and authors!

Ricki

I am still listening to The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. This book is so good.

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We’re off to the NCTE Annual Convention and ALAN Workshop followed by Thanksgiving Break!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Wednesday: Teacher Guide for AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet by Jon Scieszka

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Kellee

**Descending from newly read to older**

  • Obviously Trent LOVES Elephant & Piggie, so they often come home from the library.
  • We are also reading books from the SSYRA, Jr. list. The Bagel King by Andrew Larsen and Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lange are both from the list, and we really liked both of them. (Though P.S. Jim Panzee in Grumpy Monkey IS NOT a monkey!)
  • Trent wants to be a zoologist, so What Do You Do With All That Do? by Jane Kurtz and A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz are both books I bought to help harvest that love.
  • Trent says he loved all the books, but his favorite picture books from this batch are: Funny Lunch by David Catrow, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo (he was so excited to see Mercy Watson!), and Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz.
  • All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker: “SoHo, 1981. Twelve-year-old Olympia is an artist—and in her neighborhood, that’s normal. . . [but] then everything falls apart.”
  • Not if I Can Help It by Carolyn Mackler: “Willa likes certain things to be certain ways . . . [and] there are some things she can’t deal with, like her father’s big news.”
  • Her Own Two Feet by Meredith Davis & Rebeka Uwitonze: “Through her eyes, the moving story of a young Rwandan girl born with clubfeet and the risk she takes for the chance to walk on the bottoms of her feet for the first time. . .But it means leaving her own family behind and going to America on her own.”

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2019 Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

The busiest semester of my life is almost over, and I am so looking forward to reading more for choice. I did manage to squeeze in some new books this week.

Of all of the books we read this week, my kids liked Monster Musical Chairs the most. They are a part of the MathStart series (of which I was unfamiliar with). The monsters in the book keep dropping out when they play musical chairs. My 3yo enjoyed counting how many monsters were left, and my kindergartener loved telling us the math sentence (three minus one equals two) after we read the pages. It was a big win because both kids were involved in the reading. We also read about thirty lego books this week, but I think I’ll save you from the pictures.

I read Susana M. Muñoz’s Identity, Social Activism, and the Pursuit of Higher Education. I loved the journey stories in this book. The activists are incredibly inspiring.

I also read Kia Jane Richmond’s Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature. I loved this book and appreciated Kia Jane’s in-depth analyses of the texts. I am always learning from her!

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Kellee

  • Listening: How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox
  • Reading: The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Ricki

I am off to curl into bed with Ruta Sepetys’ The Fountains of Silence. I love this book, and I love this author!

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AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet
Author: Jon Scieszka
Illustrator: Steven Weinberg
Published: September 10th, 2019 by Chronicle Books

Summary: AstroWolf, LaserShark, SmartHawk, and StinkBug are animals that have been hybridized to find other planets for humans to live on once we’ve ruined Earth. So off they rocket to the Plant Planet! Will that planet support human life? Or do Plant Planet’s inhabitants have a more sinister plan?

Teachers’ Tools for Navigation and Discussion Questions: 

Please view and enjoy the teachers’ guide I created for AstroNuts Mission One:

You can also access the teaching guide here.

You can learn more about AstroNuts on its webpage.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Wednesday: Educators’ Guide for The Trouble with Shooting Stars by Meg Cannistra

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Kellee

It was Wine and Dine Marathon Weekend this last weekend, so we spend a lot of time at Disney hanging out and cheering on Jim and his mom as they race.

Ricki

I am with extended family this week, so I am not able to blog. I hope you all have a great reading week!

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Wednesday: Teacher Guide for AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet by Jon Scieszka

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The Trouble with Shooting Stars
Author: Meg Cannistra
Published: August 20th, 2019 by Simon & Schuster for Young Readers

Summary: Twelve-year-old Luna loves the nighttime more than anything else. It’s when no one gives her “that look” about the half mask she has to wear while healing from a disfiguring car accident. It’s also the perfect time to sit outside and draw what she sees. Like the boy and girl from the new family next door…zipping out of the window in a zeppelin and up to the stars.

At first she thinks she’s dreaming. But one night the siblings catch her watching. Now Luna spends her nights on adventures with them, as they clean full moons, arrange constellations, and catch jars of stardust. She even gets to make a wish on a shooting star they catch.

But Luna learns that no wish is strong enough to erase the past — as much as she may hope to.

Teachers’ Tools for Navigation and Discussion Questions: 

Please view and enjoy the teachers’ guide I created for The Trouble with Shooting Stars:

You can also access the teaching guide here.

You can learn more about The Trouble with Shooting Stars on Meg Cannistra’s Cake Literary page.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Wednesday: Educators’ Guide for Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

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Kellee

**Descending: Finished recently to last Monday**

  • Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya: “Emilia Torres has a wandering mind. It’s hard for her to follow along at school, and sometimes she forgets to do what her mom or abuela asks. But she remembers what matters: a time when her family was whole and home made sense. When Dad returns from deployment, Emilia expects that her life will get back to normal. Instead, it unravels.”
  • Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson: “When Abdi’s family is kidnapped, he’s forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he loves, and earn their freedom, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia’s ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans. The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother, Dahir, is already one of them, protégé to General Idris, aka the Butcher. If Abdi’s duplicity is discovered, he will be killed.”
  • Trent read this week: Cat the Cat Who is That? is a wonderful series for my emergent reader! Fun repetition and sight words = a successful and engaging read! We’re going to have to get more from this series! (He loved Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly, too, but he wasn’t up to reading it that night.)
  • Trent’s favorite from this week: My Dad at the Zoo by Coralie Saudo, My Cousin Momo by Zachariah O’Hora, and Minerva Louise on Halloween by Janet Morgan Stoeke
  • We liked all the books we read, but others we LOVED this week: I Am Not a Fish by Peter Raymundo, Emily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly, The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier, and The Quiet Boat Ride by Sergio Ruzzier

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2019 Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

My sons can’t get enough of Captain Underpants. We returned 16 library books and took out two of these. That’s all they want in the world—to read these (somewhat hilarious) books about potty humor, naughty boys, inventions, and underwear superheroes. I am joking, of course. The books are quite genius, and I am in awe of Dav Pilkey’s skills. I’ve really loved reading these books, and I am looking forward to reading the other 11+ books. 🙂

I am just about finished with Tara Westover’s Educated, and I suspect I’ll be done with it tomorrow. I was at my sister-in-law’s weekend with friends, and everyone was raving about this book. I only read a few adult books a year, and this one has been well worth it. It reminds me a lot of The Glass Castle. It’s quite brilliantly written. I am looking forward to seeing Tara Westover at the NCTE convention this year.

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Kellee

  • Reading: Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl’s Brave Fight to Walk by Meredith Davis and Rebeka Uqitonze
  • Starting to Listen: How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox

Ricki

I am reading and enjoying Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys.

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Wednesday: Educators’ Guide for The Trouble with Shooting Stars by Meg Cannistra

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Beverly, Right Here
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Published: September, 2019 by Candlewick Press

Summary: Beverly put her foot down on the gas. They went faster still.
This was what Beverly wanted — what she always wanted. To get away. To get away as fast as she could. To stay away.

Beverly Tapinski has run away from home plenty of times, but that was when she was just a kid. By now, she figures, it’s not running away. It’s leaving. Determined to make it on her own, Beverly finds a job and a place to live and tries to forget about her dog, Buddy, now buried underneath the orange trees back home; her friend Raymie, whom she left without a word; and her mom, Rhonda, who has never cared about anyone but herself. Beverly doesn’t want to depend on anyone, and she definitely doesn’t want anyone to depend on her. But despite her best efforts, she can’t help forming connections with the people around her — and gradually, she learns to see herself through their eyes. In a touching, funny, and fearless conclusion to her sequence of novels about the beloved Three Rancheros, #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo tells the story of a character who will break your heart and put it back together again.

Revisiting once again the world of Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly.

View my post about Raymie Nightingale and Louisiana’s Way Home to learn about the two companion books to Beverly.

Teachers’ Tools for Navigation and Discussion Questions: 

Please view and enjoy the teachers’ guide I created for Beverly, Right Here:

You can also access the teaching guide here.

You can learn more about Beverly, Right Here on Candlewick’s page.

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