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
First, I read a title off of my #mustreadin2017 list that is my media specialist’s and fellow reading teacher’s favorite book of all time: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer. It was so brilliantly crafted and is a fascinating look at the teenage mind, love, guilt, depression/mental illness, friendship, and literature, and I am so glad that I read it (FINALLY, as Jessica Moore would say).
I also was so happy to reread Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher in preparation for our Skype visit with Kristen on Friday. I love her Young and Yang mysteries!!!!
Thanks to everyone for the syllabus suggestions for my Adolescents’ Literature course next semester. I welcome any other suggestions of texts if anyone has any! Crystal, your suggestions were incredibly helpful!
This week, I spent a lot of time perusing potential textbooks for my Methods course. I have texts that I love, but I want to see if there are any texts that might be even better. In the meantime, I also devoured a few picture books.
We’re All Wonders by R. J. Palacio is a picture book version (but slightly different) from Wonder. I am a huge fan of Wonder, so I absolutely loved this book. This is a great book to teach kids about the differences between people and how they can #choosekind.
If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden is a charming picture book written through a child’s eyes. The verse is beautiful, and it reminds us to appreciate the world around us. If you like the cover, you’ll love the illustrations. I found them to be captivating.
I liked Dragons Love Tacos 2 by Adam Rubin, but I’ll admit that I liked the first book a bit more. My son found this one to be very confusing with the time travel, and I am not sure he understood it when I was explaining it to him. This one seems to be written more for the adults and older kids.
My three-year-old LOVES Batman. He thinks he is Batman. When I asked him what he did at school, he tells me he “Saved the Day!” So he loved this book, Bedtime for Batman by Michael Dahl. It tells the story of a boy who does all of the things that Batman does.
This Week’s Expeditions
I started The Hate U Give. Have you read this yet? If not, start it. Now. I wish I could sit in my car and just listen to it—brilliant.
I also finally picked up the prequel of the Alex Rider series. I read the whole series and love the stories, but for whatever reason I never read Yassen’s story. With Stormbreaker being read in one of my book clubs (lit circles), it has reignited my interest!
Behind the Legend: The Loch Ness Monster by Erin Peabody is so fascinating! I look forward to sharing it and its companion about Bigfoot soon.
I started listening to The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle. It’s awesome so far.
I also started Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy in the bookstore today. I don’t own this one and have several books that I am reading at home that I love. So I am deciding if I should buy it. I did like the first two chapters a lot!
Upcoming Week’s Posts
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Love to Read to our Sons
Wednesday: The Case of the Stinky Stench by Josh Funk
Thursday: Caring for Your Lion by Tammi Sauer
Friday: FRAMED!: A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti
So, what are you reading?
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