It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/14/14



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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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Unique Books We’ve Read

Wednesday: Favorite Nonfiction Picture Books About Strong Women in History

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: This week I read All our Yesterdays by Cristen Terrill–SO GOOD! I found myself reading when I should have been doing just about anything else, but it was just so suspenseful! Ricki has already reviewed it, and I will post my review in May. It is a must-read, in my opinion.  While nursing this week (well, not nursing, but during the 20 minutes after nursing when I have to keep Trent upright), I also finished Teen Idol Terror by Paul Plunkett, a fun mystery that I’ll review in the future, and Thrive by Meenoo Rami, an education book that we’ll have the blog tour stop in a couple of weeks.

Trent and I continued our #bookaday and read some great picture books:

  • No Two Alike by Keith Baker (This will be a good way to show Trent snow and also how unique everything is, and I really liked the rhyming.)
  • Spot the Dot by David A. Carter (A super fun interactive book that will be great for teaching colors and having fun while doing it.)
  • Daddy Wrong Legs by Nina Laden (Trent is going to love this book when he is able to flip through the book mixing and matching the legs and heads. Some of them are quite hilarious.)
  • The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh (Love this cover! A cute book that will be a good Valentine’s Day read.)
  • Chickia Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. (I haven’t read this book in a long time, but it is as fun and rhythmic as I remember.)
  • Disney’s Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp (Final two books in the Disney Bedtime Stories tower. I really enjoyed the Lady and the Tramp adaptation–very cute.)

Ricki: Like Kellee, I also read Thrive by Meenoo Rami this week. This is a fantastic book for beginning teachers, and I can’t wait to use it in my classes.  I also read several picture books to Henry. One of our favorite books was The Fox in the Library by Lorenz Pauli. (We are biased because we love any books about books.) I will be reviewing it next week. We also loved a recommendation by Carrie in her children’s book post ( Hug by Jez Alborough. There is something magical about animals hugging each other. We also enjoyed the classics, The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman, a newer book called Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip C. Stead (great for bird-lovers), and The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle (fantastic for teaching about The Day of the Dead).  If you are looking for an adult book, my husband just finished The Strain by Guillermo del Toro. It is a new, adult, horror book. He enjoyed it, and he is a tough critic. 

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I am going to start (should have started already!) Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. It is going to be interesting to see how it connects to Code Name Verity. I also plan on starting another e-book, probably Coyote Summer by J.P. Kapchinske, to read after nursing. E-books are much easier to read with one hand than hard/paper books. Trent and I will continue our #bookaday, of course, but I never know what is in our plans 🙂

Ricki: I am currently reading Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. I am almost finished with the professional development book, The Shame of the Nation by Jonathan Kozol. Henry and I are also almost finished with our graphic novel book of classic fairy tales called Fairy Tale Comics, which is edited by Chris Duffy.

Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Things We’d Like to Own

Friday: Amulet Graphic Novels: Teaching Guide

 So, what are you reading?

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26 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/14/14”

  1. Kellee – My kids and I loved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom when they were little! Ricki – I liked Rose Under Fire a lot! Happy reading to both of you!

  2. I feel like I am going to have to get Thrive and get started. So many people have enjoyed it. I liked Rose Under Fire and felt more connected to the characters than in Code Name Verity. Have a nice week of reading.

    • Ah! I didn’t read your comment before I posted the one above. I am glad I am not the only one who loved Rose Under Fire more than Code Name Verity. I absolutely loved it.

  3. Will look for All Our Yesterdays, Kellee. You give a high recommendation! And Rickie, I used to love reading Kozol, but haven’t in a while. Will look for that one. Thanks & have a great week!

  4. Ok, just put All Our Yesterdays on my list! Thanks, ladies 🙂
    Have been following the blog hop! Thrive sounds like a great one to read!

      • Oh, no special selection process! Once they started to outgrow their picture books, whenever we’d cull their bookcases, they would decide which books to give away (to charities as well as to special cousins) and which were so special to them they wanted to save them…maybe to pass onto their own kids some day, who knows?

        So, we have two plastic bins in the closet with desiccant packets in them to keep the books dry. My oldest son is super sentimental and never wants to get rid of anything! He is also the book lover, and his room is filled with piles of books all over! He’s 19 and at college, so i need to help him clear it all out a bit during summer break 🙂


        • My mother still calls me up and tells me I need to clear out my bookshelves at her house. I just don’t have anywhere to put the books! I am just hoping she will forget…

  5. I’m in the middle of Thrive right now–hoping to finish it this week and write a review. I am going to enjoy sharing this with my pre-service teachers as well. I have been looking for a book I feel good about buying each of them when they graduate, and I think this would be a terrific choice. Kellee, looking forward to seeing what you think of Rose Under Fire. I adored Code Name Verity, but was a little lukewarm on Rose Under Fire. I keep recommending both books to my college students and nobody has managed to get through either one yet!

    • Enjoy Thrive. I think your pre-service teachers will really benefit from it.
      I had trouble with Code Name Verity, but in the end I liked it. We’ll see how Rose Under Fire goes. I just started it last night, so not far yet 🙂

    • I think I am one of the few people who enjoyed Rose Under Fire more than Code Name Verity. I struggled through Code Name Verity and only liked it midway through the book. I was hooked from the first page of Rose Under Fire.

  6. I continue to love hearing about all of the books you two are reading to your boys and am thrilled that you enjoyed Hug Ricki! Such a treasure of a book. Thanks for the mention too:-) I am reading Threatened right now and so am thinking about both of you – knowing that you are both Schrefer fans. Wow, his books just get me!

  7. Fairytale Comics sounds awesome, I should look for that one. I haven’t even read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom yet, I’m looking forward to discovering that one. Enjoy your bookaday! 🙂


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