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
It is so nice to have Trent be open to reading new picture books! This last week we read a ton of new picture books or ones we hadn’t read in a very long time! The last three above, The Book with No Pictures, Also an Octopus, and Are We There Yet? really show the complex and brilliant levels that picture books are reaching!
I also finished Henry and the Chalk Dragon and Brobarians this week, both of which I’ll be reviewing in the upcoming weeks–can’t wait to share them with you!
Finally, I read two Bird & Squirrel books and two August Scattergood books. I tweeted James Burks not long ago telling him how excited I was for Bird & Squirrel number three, and I embarrasingly learned that there was already a 3rd and On Fire was #4! I knew I had to remedy this, so I ordered them both from Amazon immediately, and before my students check them out and devour them, I read them. I love the duo of Bird & Squirrel!
I also read two August Scattergood books because our next Skype visit is with Augusta on the 31st. Trent was home sick on Thursday and Friday, and Destiny and Billy Wong were perfect reads to keep me company when I was sitting and watching Trolls and Moana for the millionth time. August Scattergood has a way of telling stories that readers of today will connect with (moving, family, friendship, music, baseball, etc.) but in a historical context that will also teach about a time in history that they may not know already. I am SO glad I finally got around to reading Augusta’s books, and I cannot wait to book talk them when I get back to school!
I read some great picture books this week (one published and three to be published soon)! I recommend all four very highly, and they are all quite different.
My week started with Brobarians by Lindsay Ward, which is an adventurous, fun text about two brothers. I read this book with my two boys on my lap, and I felt excited about their future adventures together.
I loved Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney (to be published posthumously on June 6). I read a lot of books about construction vehicles, and this one rises to the top of the pack. It has great figurative language and would be a fantastic, creative resources for teachers.
Whew. The Book of Mistakes (Anticipated April 18, 2017) by Corinna Luyken. This book is stunning! It starts off with a mistake that sends the illustrator’s imagination on a beautiful path with a lovely ending. I’d love to use this book with the words and without the words. Readers might create a different story to go with the illustrations. This book reminded me a lot of The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds (another book I love).
Renato and the Lion (Anticipated June 20, 2017) by Barbara DiLorenzo is set in historical Florence. It teaches readers about the setting and the protection of artwork during WWII. The book is a work of fiction and inspired by real Italian artwork. In the Author’s Note, readers learn more about how artwork was hidden during the war.
This Week’s Expeditions
To finish the Augusta Scattergood trio, I am now reading Glory Be. I originally was going to listen to it, but I want to know what is going to happen faster than the audiobook is giving it to me, so I started reading it instead.
Still working on my dissertation! I’ve squeezed in some books here and there, but with 2.5 weeks left to submit it, I am writing during every waking hour! I am excited to be able to sleep again.
Upcoming Week’s Posts
Tuesday: Ten Reason Kellee Loves Teaching Middle School
Wednesday: Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice by Susanna Reich
Thursday: Guest Review: Five Little Ducks by Denise Fleming
Friday: Using Who Wins?: 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head And You Decide the Winner! in the Classroom
Sunday: Author Guest Post
So, what are you reading?
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