It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!
It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 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!
Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, 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
I read some phenomenal nonfiction this week! First I read two titles from National Geographic that I highly recommend! First, Dining with Dinosaurs is a must buy for any dinosaur fan. It is a fascinating look at the different categories of -vores and how dinosaurs fit into them. I also read Arabian Nights by Donna Jo Napoli. This short story anthology of Arabian mythology was fascinating, captivating, and beautifully written and illustrated. The layers of themes and stories built upon each other to create a collection that is a wonderful introduction to true traditional literature.
In addition to these two NF texts, I began trying to catch up on the 2016 nonfiction texts that my friends Aly and Michele are listing as in the running for the Sibert. This is my first year not taking part in the Mock Sibert with Aly of Kid Lit Frenzy because I just hadn’t read enough 2016 NF during the year, but as soon as Michele and Aly put out their lists (here, here, here, and here), I started requesting titles from my library. I have gotten through four of the titles so far, but I will definitely be reading more this week. I highly recommend all four, but my favorite so far has to be Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood.
This week, I’ve been rereading a lot of picture books with Henry. He’s asked me to reread Shivery Shades of Halloween by Mary McKenna Siddals and Shy by Deborah Freedman. He’s also strangely obsessed with the new graphic novel, Fish Girl by David Wiesner and Donna Jo Napoli. He isn’t the target audience, but he loves it.
A few books that I am considering using in my Teaching of Language Arts course that I am rereading are They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, and Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. I have others on my list of books to re-read, but I decided to get an early jump on these.
This Week’s Expeditions
I am definitely going to read more nonfiction before next week. I’ll have my Sibert prediction for you then. I have at least four more to read including Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill and Giant Squid by Candace Fleming.
I just started Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña which is on my #mustreadin2016 list, and I am sucked in. After I finish this, I have a pile of #mustreadin2016 titles, Mock Newbery titles, and books I need to read for review; I’ll let you know what I am able to get to.
I’ve been doing some traveling this week, and I have been enjoying For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…And the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education by Christopher Emdin.
Upcoming Week’s Posts
Tuesday: Ten Books We Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Our Boys
Wednesday: How the World Was: A California Childhood by Emmanuel Guiber
Friday: Wishapick by M.M. Allen
Sunday: MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of our friends and followers who celebrate!
So, what are you reading?
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