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.
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Last Week’s Posts
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Last Week’s Journeys
Kellee: First, I want to apologize to anyone who feels that I have not been visiting their blog. Last week, after commenting on many blogs, I went back to visit one and did not see my comment. After talking with the blog author, I realized my comment just disappeared. I started looking at some of the other blogs and past weeks, and I could not find my comments. It seems they were just never getting posted! 🙁 I promise I read your blogs! I worked with some of you, and I think I figured out a solution (I have to enter the comment and spam number/words a couple of times and click post), so hopefully I will not have this problem in the future.
This week I continued to reread for my committee commitments, but I did finish Touched by Paul Mauer and a collection of Peanuts comics. I look forward to sharing Touched with you. It is quite an intense read, and one that high schoolers will truly connect with. I also was able to start reading Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson. I am not very far into it, but I do find that it is very lyrical and descriptive. I hope I enjoy it as much as others have.
With Trent, we read mostly Mo Willems’s books this week: three Cat the Cat books and three Elephant and Piggie books. I really love the Cat the Cat books, and I know they are going to be a favorite when he is a little bit older. They are interactive, and simple, yet so much fun. I read Elephant and Piggie: Are You Ready to Play Outside? for the first time, and it is one of the best E&P books I’ve read. I love when Gerald is being down to earth, and in this one he is just a super friend. Finally, we also read Naked by Michael Ian Black, and it made me laugh out loud! Have you read it? If not, it will surely make you giggle.
Ricki: I finished an incredible professional development book: Critical Encounters in High School English by Deborah Appleman. The book provides scaffolded lessons to teach literary theory to students. One aspect I liked about this book was that Appleman stresses that literary theory is not just for AP English students. She provides lessons and ideas for all levels of students between grades 6 and 12. This book made me really excited about literary theory. The activities in the appendix are wonderful. I will be writing an extensive blog post about this book soon. I need a few days to digest it all!
Henry and I read seven picture books this week! Our favorite was My Pet Book by Bob Staake. It was very fun to read. We also loved the nonfiction book, The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins. This book proves that nonfiction picture books can be quite marvelous. If you are looking to teach metaphors, I would recommend checking out Ninja Boy Goes to School by N. D. Wilson. The other books we read were just okay, so we won’t share them. 🙂
This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee: I go back to work today, so I am going to have to work on figuring out the balance between being a mom, working, and reading (future blog post about this). I do hope to finish Boys of Blur and then get to brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (thank you Holly!). I also plan on reading a couple of more Elephant and Piggie books with Trent, and then we’ll delve into other picture books we got from the library.
Ricki: This week, I plan to finish Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. I am also reading the textbook, Young Adult Literature in the 21st Century by Pam Cole. I am listening to The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin—which is excellent thus far.
Upcoming Week’s Posts
Tuesday: Authors Who Are Highly Represented in Our Libraries
Wednesday: Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winner Announcement
Friday: Bloomsbury Picture Books
So, what are you reading?
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