It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/19/13



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.

Last Week’s Posts

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Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: YAY! I finished Rump by Liesl Shurtliff and I enjoyed it so much. I am so glad that I am on Twitter because they put this book on my radar. I really enjoy fairy tale retellings and this was a great one. I cannot wait to review it for you all! I also read The Day the Crayons Quits and Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great and once again I thank my friends for sharing these titles with me and I cannot wait to share them with you!

Ricki: This week, I read an incredible book called Into that Forest by Louis Nowra. It is about a young girl who gets lost in the Tasmanian bush with her friend. They are adopted by two tigers and slowly morph into feral children. I can’t recommend it enough. It reminded me a bit of one of my favorite books, Endangered by Eliot Schrefer.

Then, I read Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles. If you’ve read Jumping off Swings, you have to check this one out. It is told from Josh’s perspective, after the baby is born. Oh, and if you haven’t read Jumping off Swings, you still have to check this one out. It can stand alone and is incredibly good. This book will stick with me for a very long time.


This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: Ah, school is back! The teachers were back this last week and the students start today. I have a new role as a reading coach which is so exciting; however, the work is so different than what I’ve done in the past, so I feel so, so busy. My hope this week is to finish Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles this week then move onto either Guys Read: Other Worlds, Real Boy, or Stained – I haven’t decided yet.

Ricki: This week, I started Rose under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. I loved Code Name Verity for its complexity and depth, and this one is equally excellent. Unlike Code Name Verity, I immediately got into Rose under Fire. From the very beginning, I was hooked. I am actually itching to get back to it right now! Much of this story takes place in a concentration camp rather than an interrogation room, but the books are quite similar in their format and topic. That said, I am learning so much, so it is truly worth the read, especially if you liked Code Name Verity. Elizabeth Wein is a wealth of knowledge!

I am about finished with a professional development text, Black Ants and Buddhists by Mary Cowhey. This book is very inspiring. She gives great advice about how to enact social justice in the classroom. Even as a high school teacher, I could pull many ideas from this text, which is directed to elementary school teachers.

Upcoming Week’s Posts

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 So, what are you reading?

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19 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/19/13”

  1. Silent shriek! I can’t get my hands on any of those fantastic book that you both listed, so excited to read them…
    🙂 Shall just enjoy reviews for now.

  2. Great to hear about all your reads. I still haven’t read Code Name Verity-loaned it out so need to get it back! Still also need to read Jumping Off Swings-I’m sure it’s terrific. And Ricki, your PD book, Black Ants and Buddists, sounds interesting. Thanks for all! And have a great week back, Kellee. I start tomorrow!

  3. I have heard so many positive things about Rump. I will have to make sure to read it, but more importantly, I need it in my library.

  4. Kellee Hope your new school year is great! Best wishes on your new position. Ricki – I have Rose Under Fire and have been meaning to read it since I got the ARC. I need more time in the day.


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