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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.

Congratulations to 
LINDA B. 
for winning set of The Worst Witch series

Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Books We Want To Reread

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: I am actually in the middle of four books!!! But I have not finished any of them (I’ll tell you more about them below). I did finish Dragons Beware! by Juan Aguirre which is just as good as the first! I cannot wait for it to come out, so I can buy it for my classroom. I also read Soccer Star by Mina Javaherbin which I am definitely going to feature on one of my library posts. It was very good!

With Trent, all 3 new books we read this week were quite good. First, we read The Listening Walk by Paul Showers which had so many fun onomatopoeias! I’ll post about this one in a library post as well, but I will say now: If you teach elementary, get this one and do some listening walks with your kids! Trent and I also read Waddle! and Swing! by Rufus Butler Seder. These books have scanimation illustrations which are so much fun! Great reading with the boy!

Ricki: This week, I read a book that I am book-talking at the ALAN Workshop: Stone Cove Island by Suzanne Myers. This page-turner is reminiscent of a classic text taught in many schools. I can’t share which text—because it would spoil a plot twist. I also read Snowman’s Story by Will Hillenbrand. Henry and I started several books, but he wasn’t in the mood to read anything other than ye ol’ Goodnight Moon. Henry and I enjoyed the CT Children’s Book Fair this weekend. We met several characters like Llama Llama, Pokey, and Clifford (to name a few). We also were fortunate to speak with Natalie Lloyd, author of A Snicker of Magic. She is awesome!

Natalie Lloyd

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I am currently reading Amulet 6 by Kazu Kibuishi, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul by Jeff Kinney, Mira’s Diary: Bombs Over London by Marissa Moss, and Ares by George O’Conner. All are super good (in very different ways)! I hope to finish some of them this week (although I am focused on getting ready for NCTE/ALAN which is creeping up super quickly!).

Ricki: I am still reading Lynn Atkinson Smolen and Ruth A. Oswald’s Multicultural Literature and Response: Affirming Diverse Voices. This is my last PD text for my independent study. I’ll be wrapping a new picture book for every day of December (leading up until Christmas). Henry and I will read a new book every night. Luckily, I don’t need to go broke doing this. My friend, Wendy Glenn, gave me a bunch!

Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Characters We Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

Friday: Snowman’s Story Blog Tour

 So, what are you reading?

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24 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/10/14

  1. Earl says:

    How lucky to have met Natalie Lloyd. My wish is for her to sit in on our Family Book Club when her book comes out in paperback! Seder’s books are so much fun!

  2. Linda Baie says:

    I’m excited about winning this giveaway. Thanks very much, Kellee and Ricki. It’ funny/fun to hear about Henry and Goodnight Moon. Don’t you wish you could write Margaret Wise Brown about his passion for it? And Kellee, fun too that you are in the midst of 4 books. Except for picture books, I usually just read one at a time. Maybe time I tried something new? Have a great week!

    • The weird thing is that I was never a huge Goodnight Moon fan. He has converted me! I really look forward to it each night. The excitement on his face makes me so happy.

    • Kellee says:

      I usually read one at a time too Linda, but right now
      1 is on my phone
      1 is what I am reading at home
      1 I was in the middle of BUT
      1 I have to read because kids want to check it out
      🙂 All with different purposes. It is actually driving me a bit nuts, so I hope to get through most of them soon!

  3. I just saw the cover of Will Hillenbrand’s Snowman’s Story on Twitter. Love it! How fun to have met Natalie Lloyd in person! I “met” her on Skype and loved her!!

  4. Crystal says:

    It’s hard to juggle four books, but that’s what I am doing also Kellee. 😉

    I bet you’re excited to be in that final PD book Ricki. Have fun with the picture books. I love diving into them.

  5. Beth S. says:

    Yay for meeting Natalie Lloyd, Ricki!

    And Kellee, I must read Dragons Beware soon! I loved Giants Beware way more than I expected to!

  6. Ricki- the end is in sight, congrats!! Loved the picture too… Kellee- good luck, 4 books- I’m finally going to start Reign, Rain and soon after Brown Girl Dreaming- anticipation!! Happy reading to you both…

  7. Sounds like you both had a very good reading week! And the Children’s Book Fair sounds like a blast – so great that you took Henry along! My mom and sister live in CT, so we visit once in a while.

    Enjoy your books this week!

    Sue

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  8. Kellee, you are reading quite a few books! I just pulled the first Amulet out to read. My daughter is reading The Long Haul and she said it’s really good so far.
    Ricki, I’m so jealous you got to meet Natalie Lloyd!!! One day our paths will cross. Henry doesn’t know how lucky he is 🙂

  9. Kay McGriff says:

    These all sound like good books! I know some former students of mine who would be super excited for both Amulet 6 and the Ares book. Both series were immensely popular in my classroom.

  10. So many books! Ricki love seeing this photograph. What a cutie you have your hands full with! I loved Soccer Star Kellee. My students adored it – here was our experience: http://thereisabookforthat.com/2014/03/17/soccer-star/

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