It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/17/14



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: Our picture book #bookaday is going so well! We’ve read 25 picture books in 24 days of his life. I hope this helps build a strong lifetime of book love.  This week we read:

  • Bert and Ernie’s First Book of Opposites by Heather Au (I loved introducing Trent to some of my favorite Sesame Street characters. I CANNOT wait to start watching the show with him.)
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae (I love Tacky the Penguin because of its message about being happy with who you are, and Giraffes Can’t Dance gives a similar message that makes me automatically love it.)
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Watching my sister read this for the first time to Trent was PRICELESS! What a joy to see someone find the amazingness of Hat Back.)
  • Press Here by Herve Tullet (Ever since I read this book, I have wanted to read it with a kid. Watching my sister read this with Trent was so much fun, and I know he will love it when he is older.)
  • If I Were A Penguin… by Anne Wilkinson (Cute book about penguins that I read to Trent while he was wearing a penguin outfit.)
  • Trucks: Baby Touch and Feel by DK Publishing & Animals: Baby Touch and Feel by DK Publishing (Both very simple books introducing baby animals and trucks, but they have some great opportunities for tacticle exploration.)

I’ve also continued working on The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider and I am really enjoying it. The reading is going slower than it went before Trent, but I did find time to read 2 days this week. I hope to finish it ASAP.

Ricki: First of all, thank you all for sharing your interests with us last week. If anyone else would like to give suggestions for our blog, please visit this link. This week, I read a picture book to Henry: Here Comes Grandma by Janet Lord (in preparation for his grandma’s visit) I absolutely love this Little House picture book series. I am not so sure if Henry will like them when he is old enough to understand them, so I am going to read the whole series beforehand, just in case! I also finished Ideology and Curriculum by Michael Apple. It is one of those PD books that is very important but quite boring. Apple is very articulate and has a lot to say, but the text is highly political, and it felt like it took me forever to finish it.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: Our picture book #bookaday is going to continue. This week I plan on reading some rocker books to Trent that was given to me by my friend Jill as well as some Dr. Seuss. I hope to finish The Beginning of Everything and then start Bruised by Sarah Skilton.

Ricki: Henry and I started The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis tonight. I have never read it, and his uncle saw this on one of my blog posts, and he sent us a copy! We started it tonight, but Henry fell asleep when Lucy was in the wardrobe, so I thought it might be best to wait until he is awake to continue. 🙂 I am also starting Life in Schools by Peter McLaren. He, supposedly, has a sociocultural view of schools, so I am interested to learn more about what he has to say. I am sure we will also dive into a few more picture books this week. We picked up some of the books that a few of you recommended, so I am excited to read them. I will be honest—our library is modest, so many of the books on my list of blogger recommendations aren’t in the library!

Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On Our Spring TBR Lists

 So, what are you reading?

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22 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/17/14”

  1. The Beatles Were Fab? I need this book! Love Beatles. One of my best adventures was attending a Beatlefest convention in L. A. It was awesome and amazingly fun.

    Ricki, I am shocked that you had not read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. You were deprived as a child. Next you might say you haven’t read The Secret Garden or Little Women. These books are so magically wonderful when you are a kid. Anything is possible, including climbing into a wardrobe and entering a whole new world. How wonderful though that you are reading it together. I can imagine the questions you must be fielding.

    • Haha, I had hundreds of books, and perhaps I read it and forgot it. I remember the cartoon version of the book very well. Either way, I am enjoying reading it now, and I am glad I can (re)experience it. He is too young for questions, but we will read it again when he is older. Have a great reading week!

  2. I enjoy Bert & Ernie’s paper clips song. I’m sure that’s not the title but it’s the one where they share all the different things they like. One of my reading goals this year is to read the Chronicles of Narnia. I think I’m starting that next month. Oh, and I love that a book adds another layer (another story) when it’s shared with someone else.

    • I don’t know the Paper Clips song–I’ll have to find it! I need more Sesame Street books 🙂 And I agree. Sharing books takes them to a whole new level.
      Happy reading this week!

  3. You both sound like you are having lots of fun reading to your babies! I have LOVED sharing favorite books with my sons over the years.

    I also really liked the Little House picture books – they started coming out when my youngest was the right age, and he enjoyed them. Both boys enjoyed listening to the full Little House in the Big Woods on audio during a trip through WI and MN!

    And, Kellee, I am a huge Sesame Street fan, too! Don’t tell anyone but my 19-yr old still sleeps with his Ernie when he is home from college! lol

    The Narnia books are just wonderful – we read the whole series out loud to our boys when they were about elementary school age, and all four of us loved it. Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe was one of my favorite childhood books after my 1st grade teacher read it aloud to our class 🙂

    Enjoy your books and your babies this week!


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    • Yay Sesame Street! It is such a great show! (And I won’t tell about your son ;D). I didn’t know that there were Little House picture books–thank you for letting me know about them.
      Happy reading this week!

      • Kellee, they are my recent obsession. They make me want to curl up next to a fire and read to Henry.

        Sue, thank you for this wonderfully warm message. It sounds like you have such a bond with your boys. I am secretly thrilled that they enjoyed the Little House books. I wondered if Henry would like them when he is older.

        I am loving the Narnia book. My husband and I are taking turns reading it aloud.

        Have a great week!!!

  4. Hooray for #bookaday – brilliant, love the selections so far! 🙂 Keeping an eye on that Plastic Ahoy! Review… Happy reading week to you both!

  5. Myra, I am glad we took you back to those happy times with your daughter. Your post makes it obvious that you two share a very special bond. Thanks for sharing this with us. I am looking forward to more of these times with my son.


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