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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: First, I want to thank you all for the congratulations on the arrival of Trent. I am so in love with my little man! I will say, though, as expected, my reading has dropped in priority really quickly; however, I have vowed to do #bookaday with my little one for as long as I can, and we started on day 3. We have read some really fantastic picture books so far. I am so in awe of how much books already keep Trent’s attention. Here’s what we have read so far:

  • The Little Mouse, the Red, Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood (This was our first book because it was my husband’s, brother’s, and best friend’s favorite book as a kid.)
  • Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss (This was our second book because it was the first book I ever “read”.)
  • Oh the Thinks you can Think by Dr. Seuss (Dr. Seuss is so inspiring!)
  • On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman (Um… why didn’t anyone warn me that I’d be crying by the end of page 1?!?!)
  • Cinderella Penguin by Janet Perlman (In honor of Read a Fairy Tale Day; read to him by his G’ma.)
  • Forever by Emma Dodd (Another tear jerker. Also, a great book for young children because there are shiny pages that really caught Trent’s attention.)
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (He was PASSED OUT for this one, so I will definitely have to reread.) 
  • Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb (The artwork in this one was beautiful and the colors of many pages fascinated Trent.)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Read in honor of our newborn photos where Trent was dressed up as the very hungry caterpillar.)
  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (We’d actually listened to the You Tube video of this book while feeding as well, but we also read the board book.)
  • Chicago Cubs ABC by Brad Epstein (It is BASEBALL SEASON!!! I have to prepare Trent :D)

Ricki: How can I top that awesome post by Kellee? Henry and I took another trip to the library, where we checked out some new, exciting books. My husband is from Boston, and his favorite children’s author is Robert McCloskey, so we read Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal. Both were excellent. I also read a newer children’s book called Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. It was a very inspirational read that has great themes for kids about resilience. Lastly, I finished Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit, my professional development read of the week. I didn’t agree with everything in the book, but I found it to be extremely thought-provoking in a very healthy way. I would love to discuss this book in a classroom setting.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I am not sure when my reading will happen again, but we will see because the book I was reading (The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider) was getting really good! Trent’s Year One #bookaday will continue if nothing else. I’ll keep you updated 🙂

Ricki: My next professional development read is Michael Apple’s Ideology and Curriculum. So far, it is highly political and makes me a bit sleepy. Has anyone had luck with it? I will read the whole book, but I am curious what others think. I suspect it will teach me some interesting educational aspects, and the author seems to be very bright. I have seen Apple in a lot of educational papers, so I am keeping a very open mind! I am also deep into Threatened by Eliot Schrefer. I LOVE it. It is my middle-of-the-night-feeding, stay-awake read, so I am savoring it. On another note, my younger sister (who is brilliant, in my humble opinion) doesn’t love reading fiction. I gave her Endangered by Eliot Schrefer several months ago, and she just called me to tell me how much she loves it. WIN!

Upcoming Week’s Posts

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13 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/3/14

  1. Earl Dizon says:

    I would so keep a reading log if I had a kid. Working at a bookstore, I love hearing adults think back to the books that they loved as a child!

  2. Linda Baie says:

    It’s just delightful to hear you both share about the reading to your little ones-what fun that you can both share experiences with Trent and Henry. There are so many books to love for babies. Happy you are doing well, Kellee, and Ricki, just got Threatened, hope to get to it soon. Both of you, don’t forget to find Freight Train by Donald Crews, my grandson’s favorite when he was young. Happy Rocking!

  3. Crystal Brunelle says:

    I love that Trent is doing #bookaday! I can’t wait to read Threatened. I hope you all have a great week of reading.

  4. Julee Murphy says:

    I am curious about something. Last week and this week, I logged in during my lunch break to click on some of the blog links of those who had linked up but the list is missing. It happened last week on both Unleashing Readers and Mentor Text. Does the link up expire at a certain time each day?

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      Great question, Julee. I will ask Kellee and get back to you!

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      Kellee says: “I’m so sorry you are having problems. The link doesn’t expire until later in the week and the list should not ever go away, so I’m not sure what is up.”

  5. Myra @ GatheringBooks says:

    Heartfelt congratulations on the new addition to the family! Such a wonderful way to bond with a new-born! Books books books! I remember reading poetry to my newborn, I was not very familiar with the world of picturebooks then, 13 years back. Are you my Mother by PD Eastman was my favourite book as a child. 🙂

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