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: This week I was able to finish The Mutts Diaries which is a wonderful collection of the Mutts comics. I’m glad they put it into a graphic novel to spread the Mutts love. I also read some picture books this week. First, I read the superb Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman. The illustrations were beautiful, and I enjoyed the Max-ish journey the bears went on. In preparation for some future reviews, I read Noodles & Albie by Eric Bennett and My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge. I look forward to sharing both of these with you all. Additionally, I read 4 baseball biographies by Matt Tavares: There Goes Ted Williams, Growing Up Pedro, Becoming Babe Ruth, and Henry Aaron’s Dream. They are so well done!
With Trent, we continued to reread. I have been letting him choose the book from our shelf because that helps him keep engaged. I currently have a nonstop moving child so the reading to him is sometimes quite difficult, but I’ve found the letting him choose helps. We did read two new books: Thomas the Tank Engine Shapes and Sizes and Penguin and Pumpkin. I just adore Salina Yoon’s stories and illustrations. Although this isn’t my favorite Penguin book, it is going to be loved by Penguin fans.
Ricki: This week, I read Jessie Haas’ three Bramble and Maggie books. Each of the books was delightful. They are the perfect books for kids transitioning from picture books to chapter books because the illustrations are delightful and the repetition of words will make readers feel satisfied and challenged.
Henry, my husband, and I went to New Jersey this weekend and stayed in a hotel room. Henry (my 10-month-old) wasn’t pleased with my reading light and wouldn’t go to bed, so I sat on the bathroom floor and read a good chunk of Louise Rosenblatt’s Literature as Exploration. Last week, Elisabeth Ellington commented that this book, is “one of the most important books ever written about what we do when we read.” I kept thinking about her comment as I read, and I think she is spot on. I am about halfway through, and I love it.
This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee: I am currently reading This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki during my advanced reading class at school. We’ll see how much I get through today. Reading time is split between my reading and conferencing. I STILL have that pile of library picture books with some amazing books in them. I will get to them very, very soon! My other reading is going to be full of preparation for NCTE and ALAN. At NCTE I am part of the Abrams “Teaching Graphic Novels in the Classroom” with Cece Bell, Frank Cammuso, Nathan Hale, and Trevor Pryce. I wrote the teaching guide for Cece’s, Frank’s, and Nathan’s books, but I haven’t had the pleasure of reading An Army of Frogs by Trevor Pryce yet, so I have them to read. I also want to reread the Walden winner and finalists as I am chairing the Walden panel during ALAN and need to come up with questions for the authors. I also have a couple graphic novels from Netgalley on my phone that I may read if I don’t have a book with me.
Ricki: I plan to finish Rosenblatt’s Literature as Exploration. I also want to read Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch in preparation for Halloween!
Upcoming Week’s Posts
Tuesday: Top Ten Place We Want To Visit (After Reading a Book)
Thursday: Guest Post “Five Ways to Bring MG Books into the Classroom” by Fleur Bradley, author of Double Vision
So, what are you reading?
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