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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 hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. 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!

Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee 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.

Last Week’s Posts

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Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: Last week, as planned, I finished Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach and I cannot wait to get close to the release date so I can review it for you. If you have not read any Herbach, start now! I also had a VERY long doctor’s appointment this week (for prenatal glucose testing), so I was able to get three graphic novels read while there! First, I read Explorer: The Lost Islands edited by Kazu Kibuishi and I am just so impressed with everything he does and this book is no different. I also read both of the Salem Hyde books by Frank Cammuso. His Knights of the Lunch Table books are a HUGE hit in my classroom, so when I heard he had a new series I made sure to get my hands on them. I will review all of these as they deserve to be shared.

Ricki: Thank you for the congratulations about my new son! I am absolutely in love with him. The week before he was born, I read a professional development book called Celebrating Writers by Ruth Ayres. This is a FANTASTIC book for teachers of writing. It gives great suggestions to help students celebrate their writing. I also read Thrice Told Tales by Catherine Lewis–another amazing book for teachers. It is based on the nursery rhyme of “Three Blind Mice.” Each page is a different literary term within the context of the nursery rhyme. I wish I had this book when I was still in the high school. I actually learned some literary terms as I read it. I also read two great National Geographic books that would be enjoyable for beginning readers to explore nonfiction—Amelia Earhart by Caroline Gilpin and Meerkats by Laura Marsh. Since my son has been born, I read Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott while nursing. This is a great book that explores grief with a very interesting plot. The main character’s mother is being kept on life support only because she is pregnant. I didn’t realize the plot when I started it—it was a depressing book to read while nursing!

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I started The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley followed by a couple of other graphic novels (and maybe even enough time to start some of my YA  TBR) and, since I got my new phone, I hope to start listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Ricki: This week, I want to read The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher. I am hoping to get through it, but no promises with the new baby. 🙂

Upcoming Week’s Posts

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 So, what are you reading?

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20 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/9/13

  1. Earl Dizon says:

    I’m not a fan of Neil Gaiman’s writings but I really enjoyed The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Have a great week you two!

  2. Linda Baie says:

    Thanks for all the reviews! And so happy you’re loving that baby, Ricki! Happy Holidays!

  3. Holly Mueller says:

    I had a friend who read a ton while nursing, so hopefully you can do that, too, Ricki! Love seeing the pics of the new baby boy! 🙂 I’ve heard a lot of good things about the audio of The Ocean at the End of the Lane – I put it on hold at my library! I’ve got a few Nerdy graphic novel finalists I want to read – liked hearing about the ones you read, Kellee. Have a great week!

  4. Andrea Payan says:

    I am glad to know there is another book by Geoff Herbach coming out soon. I also am interested in the new GN series by Frank Cammuso. I will have to look for those. Ricki–I am impressed that you got any reading done at all, much less multiple books. I will definitely look for Thrice Told Tales. I also need to get Celebrating Writers, Have a great reading week!

  5. Beth S. says:

    I admit to never having read any of Geoff Herbach’s books. I guess I need to do something about that soon. 🙂

  6. Debbie - Styling Librarian says:

    Oy to reading Heartbeat while nursing! Can’t wait to read The Lost Islands, have it on order… Ricki- Congratulations!!! Kellee, I remember those appointments, perfect thing to do is read! 🙂 Happy reading week you two!

  7. Crystal Brunelle says:

    I had fun reading Stupid Fast so am glad to hear there’s a new Herbach book out there. Ricki I read a ton while nursing. Have a great time getting to know your little one.

  8. Carrie Gelson says:

    These Salem Hyde books look great – want to get them for my class. Oh Ricki – I remember the days of reading with a nursing baby (well in my case babies – twins) – emotional could just be that much more emotional!

  9. Myra @ GatheringBooks says:

    Oh my daughter would love knowing that there is a new Kazu Kibuishi graphic novel out there. We are huge fans. 🙂 I read and reviewed Crow Call a few years back, I believe. Bagram Ibatoulline’s artwork is just beautiful.

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