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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 Be a Changemaker Teaching Young Adult Literature Today touched

Tuesday: Top Ten Underrated Books

Wednesday: Be A Changemaker blog tour and author guest post

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: This week, I read Rory’s Promise by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols. It was so fascinating! Filled with interesting topics such as orphans, mining, race relations, religion, kidnapping, building of the west, and The Foundling Hospital of NYC. I cannot wait to share this book, its book trailer, and a Q&A with authors with you all! With Trent, my favorite reads this week were some Winnie-the-Pooh board books about opposites and colors. I loved being able to expose Trent to “old school” Pooh.

Ricki: Happy Monday! This week, I read a fantastic, adult nonfiction text On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman. A white, college-aged girl lived with a group of African American boys in inner-city Philadelphia. Adults and teens will be inspired by the truth this book brings about the mass incarceration of African American males. I have a full review coming on October 2 because I ran out of blog space in the calendar. Henry and I have been rereading a lot of our favorite board books now that he is tearing pages. We did read a new picture book, Frank! by Connah Brecon. Kellee and I review this one next Thursday.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I am very ambitious about this week! First, I want to read Frank! with Trent. Also, I have three Maggie and Bramble books by Jessie Haas I hope to get to. Finally, I am so happy to have Julie Sternberg’s newest The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine which I am so excited to read! I adore Julie’s Eleanor books (such a great voice!), so I know I will like this one as well. I also have An Army of Frogs books by Trevor Pryce and Joel Naftali to read, but I don’t know if I’ll get to those this week. Finally, if there is a break between students reading it, I hope to read Amulet #6 by Kazu Kibuishi. We’ll see how it goes!

Ricki: I didn’t get to Rory’s Promise by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols this week, but Kellee has been saying great things, so I am excited to read it. I am also doing a lot of scholarly reading for classes that will probably bore you. As always, I will keep you posted if I come across a great book! I have some great PD texts coming up for my independent study, so I am excited to get to those.

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday taft freedom summer walden

Tuesday: Top Ten Authors We’ve Only Read One Book From But Need To Read More

Friday: My Time on the Walden Committee and Call for Applications

 So, what are you reading?

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23 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/15/14

  1. Earl says:

    Classic Pooh illustrations are the best. I hadn’t heard about Frank! before so thanks for sharing that. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

  2. Linda Baie says:

    All sounds like it’s going smoothly, reading and work and babies-nice! Will look for Rory’s Promise! Thanks!

  3. Kay McGriff says:

    I look forward to reading about the scholarly books, too, especially if they are as good as you describe the teaching YA book you shared last week. I’ve been jealous of the wonderful picture books you read to your kids. This week I got to have fun with it myself! Thanks to a concussion, my daughter couldn’t do much of anything, so she begged me to read to her. We got to revisit lots of old favorites, and she’s even asked me to read to her at bedtime again! I’m glad she’s feeling better, but I love sharing books with her aloud even thoug she’s sixteen now.

    • Kay, I can imagine you two snuggled up and reminiscing in the old favorites. Thank you for sharing this image with me. 🙂 I hope you are feeling better. I bet a concussion is no fun. I will certainly keep you posted about the good scholarly books, and you get well soon, please!

    • Kellee says:

      Oh no! I am so sorry about your daughter’s concussion! I hope she is okay! I love, though, that it has made it so you are reading aloud to her. LOVE IT!

  4. Wow, Rory’s Promise sounds great! I hadn’t heard of it yet, so thanks for the tip!

    I have been hearing a lot of good things about On the Run so glad to hear you liked it, Ricki.

    Ah, I love classic Pooh! I didn’t know there were board books. We got the compendium of all the original Pooh stories when our boys were young, and I remember reading the books when I was a kid – great stuff! Pooh and Piglet are great philosophers.

    Enjoy your books this week –

    Sue
    Book by Book is now on Facebook!

    • Sue, it is great. I learned quite a bit, and after I finished, I felt much more knowledgable. That is the mark of a good book, for me! I hope you have a great week!

    • Kellee says:

      You’re welcome. I am glad that it was brought to my attention and that we can share it.

      Classic Pooh is wonderful, right?! The board books are pretty simple, but made that much better because of Separd’s illustrations. I cannot wait to read the books to Trent. And you are so right! Pooh books are so much deeper than they seem 🙂

  5. A new Julie Sternberg! That’s cause for celebration. On the Run sounds fascinating, Ricki. I’m adding that to my TBR list. I think I might have missed the window for reading Winnie the Pooh aloud to my older son. I might try with my younger son! Those were among my favorite books as child.

  6. I have Julie Sternberg’s new book too! Can’t wait to get into it… as usual, just need the time! I loved the Eleanor series, she was such a fun character. I found Freedom Summer at the library, will hopefully get to it in the next week or 2!

  7. Michele, I can’t wait to hear what you think of Freedom Summer. I hope our soul sister book status isn’t tarnished. 🙂 🙂

  8. I love old school Winnie the Pooh too. Love all of the reading you two do with your boys and your willingness to let us have little peeks into story time at your houses.

  9. Beth S. says:

    I hear ya on the scholarly reading Ricki! It’s both interesting and frustrating reading. Interesting because I love learning more about my area of study. Frustrating because I can’t read the books I want to read. 🙂

  10. Crystal says:

    I enjoyed Frank! (since I have time issues myself) and will be reviewing it later this week. Did you know there’s a trailer?

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