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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

top ten tuesday thrive the fox in the library hum

Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who Are Smart

Wednesday: Thrive Blog Tour and Author Guest Post

Friday: Tracy Holczer, author of The Secret Hum of a Daisy, Guest Post

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: A pretty good reading week here at the Moye house. I was able to finish both Rose Under Fire and P.S. Be Eleven. They are very different books, but both so good. I am still reeling about Rose. It was almost perfection. P.S. Be Eleven was a great follow up to One Crazy Summer.

Trent and I read 7 picture books again this week (though there were a couple #bookaday hiccups which we had to remedy by reading 2 books in a day):

  • Happy Easter, Mouse! by Laura Joffe Numeroff (Trent received this in his Easter basket from his grandparents. Just as cute as all the other Mouse stories.)
  • Time for Bed by Mem Fox (Mem Fox writes books as if they are songs. Beautiful.)
  • My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle (This book is bilingual and interactive. It’ll be a fun way to learn shapes and Spanish when Trent gets older.)
  • Jabberwocky by Jennifer Adams (We read this on Poem in your Pocket Day and also in honor of National Poetry Month. I love the Baby Lit adaptations!)
  • Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton (I remember reading this when I was a kid now that I’ve reread it. Sandra Boynton is SO MUCH FUN!)
  • Llama Llama Zippity Zoom by Anna Dewdney (With all of the Llama Llama talk, I had to get the board book from the library, and we really enjoyed it. A simple text, but one that is fun and a child could easily memorize.)
  • How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler (My parents know Fred from Lakeland, and they got us a signed copy for Jim and Trent. They read it together this week, and it is such a perfect father/son read.)

Ricki: It is the last week of school, and with all of the term papers, my reading has suffered! I’ve been reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to Henry every night, but we haven’t finished yet. He tends to fall asleep, and I don’t want him to miss any of it. For Easter, we read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro (very fun!). And for school, I finished Culturally Responsive Teaching by Geneva Gay. I highly, highly recommend this book to teachers. It taught me so much about the learning styles of students of all different cultures. I am in awe of Geneva Gay’s intelligence and thoughtfulness. I plan to blog about it soon (after I finish my paper and have thought it through).

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I am going to start In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters tonight and hope to finish it this week then I’ll start Brother, Brother by Clay Carmichael. My goal is to finish them both this week although I am starting work again today, so we’ll see how reading goes this week. Trent will continue his #bookaday though his dad may read some with him without me since he is home with him during the day now. I know I do want to read Trent’s other Easter books this week: All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant and Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.

Ricki: Baby Henry and I reserved two books from other libraries: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea and And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson. I have always wanted to read both of these, and I think Henry will enjoy them. I am done with PD books for my doctoral degree this semester (phew!), but I may get a head start in a few weeks. For now, I am going to finish the rest of Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. I have been working on it for a few weeks, but now that school is coming to a close, I am going to devour the rest. 🙂

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday eatyou 50

Tuesday: Top Ten Books If You Like Superheroes/Reality TV

Thursday: Ricki’s Bookish Bucket List

Friday: Kellee’s Bookish Bucket List

 So, what are you reading?

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19 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/28/14

  1. Earl Dizon says:

    I wonder how your boys will enjoy the books you’ve been reading to them when they are older. But I guess that’s another level of enjoyment you’ll get to experience soon enough! Have a great reading week!

    • Kellee Moye says:

      I’m looking forward to seeing what Trent’s favorite book is. It’ll be a whole different reading adventure when he starts having opinions 🙂

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      Earl, I wonder this too. I know he will want me to read certain books over and over, but until then, Mommy gets to pick the books we read. Enjoy your week, as well!

  2. Linda Baie says:

    I think your babies are going to be reading by the time they’re one! At least talking by then. So much fun to hear all the books they’re hearing! And thanks also for your recommendations for “older” readers, too. Always good to learn new titles.

  3. Michele Knott says:

    Hi ladies! No post for me today since I’m traveling! Kellee, I will have to move up the Code Name Verity series up a little faster! Love those books that grab you! Ricki, I think you’ll both love Unicorn! It’s a great book with a good lesson 🙂 can’t wait to see your Book Bucket lists!

    • Kellee Moye says:

      Safe travels Michele!
      You’ll love Rose! I struggled with Verity, but ended up liking it too. I heard the audio was good.

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      Hi, Michele!
      Thanks for stopping by, even though you are traveling. I look forward to your post next week. The best reading weeks are those travel weeks–at least they are for me. I imagine that this will change now that I have a baby in tow. We loved Unicorn. I read it tonight. I will post more about it next week. Have a wonderful week exploring!

  4. Carrie Gelson says:

    Ricki – I can’t believe how busy you are! Tricky with a little guy at home! Unicorn Thinks is such a fun read aloud! Kellee – some great reads with Trent. I am glad you are now an absolute Mem Fox fan! Now I can stop pushing her books 🙂 I can’t wait to read Rose Under Fire. I am saving it until the summer so I can read it without having to put it down each night and instead just read for hours!

    • Kellee Moye says:

      That’s the best way to read books! You’ll love it 🙂
      Definitely a Mem Fox fan. Her books are so lyrical!
      And I agree, Ricki and Henry are going to live Unicorn. I love the book trailer–have you seen it? http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1491

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      Carrie, sometimes I can’t believe how busy I am either. This is probably why I feel like I am underwater half of the time. My life is about to get a lot easier in two weeks. I am excited to dive back into reading! Please let us know how you like Rose Under Fire. I love hearing people’s opinions about the books I love most.

  5. Elisabeth Ellington says:

    Ricki, Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great and And Tango Makes Three are both wonderful–in very different ways. I love sharing And Tango Makes Three with my generally very conservative students and finding them outraged that it’s a challenged book. It’s a good start to working on acceptance and social justice. I’m going to request Culturally Responsive Teaching now that I’ve seen you do recommend it! Kellee, I’ve got PS Be Eleven at the top of my TBR stack and just keep putting other books first. I liked One Crazy Summer but didn’t love it. Hoping to love PS Be Eleven–I like to have as many “falling in love” reading experiences as possible!

    • Kellee Moye says:

      I NEED to read And Tango Makes Three! I’ve wanted to since it came out, but it just hasn’t happened yet. Need to make it happen. I liked P.S. Be Eleven better. I loved some of the substories so much.

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      Elisabeth, please, please let me know what you think of Culturally Responsive Teaching. I learned so much and think you will really like it, based on your comments about social justice! I hope you have a wonderful reading week!

  6. Holly Mueller says:

    Kellee, I, too, really liked Rose Under Fire. I’ve had P.S. Be Eleven in my TBR stack for a while now. Ricki – reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe aloud is always a treat!

  7. Crystal Brunelle says:

    I wondered why you read so many PD books Ricki. I hadn’t put it together that they were for your degree. I thought you were simply a very serious adult learner. I look forward to hearing about the Culturally Responsive Teaching.

    So fun that Trent got Easter books. 🙂

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