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.
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One Year Anniversary Celebration
We are gearing up for our one year anniversary (June 24th) and have a fun week planned with celebratory posts and giveaways! In honor of our anniversary, we redesigned the look of our blog. Because we are so excited, we couldn’t wait to share it with you all, so we are unveiling it a few weeks early! We hope you love it as much as we do. A big thank you to Philip Stetson for this beautiful design!
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Last Week’s Posts
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Last Week’s Journeys
Kellee: This week, I finished Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and WOW is it a tough book, but one I highly recommend. You will not regret reading it.
Trent and I read an fun variety of books this week:
- Finished Fly Guy Reader Collection 6 Easy-To-Read Stories by Tedd Arnold (Like I said last week, I love Fly Guy and was so happy to be introduced to him. This is sure to be a favorite!)
- Good Night Tennessee by Adam Gamble (A great celebration of Tennessee!)
- A is for Awesome by Dallas Clayton (I really like everything of Dallas Clayton’s that I have read. A great positive vibe runs through is books.)
- Penguin in Love by Salina Yoon (Yay penguins! This one is just as cute as the other Penguin books.)
- The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton (The puns and nursery rhyme allusions in this one are brilliant. Check it out!)
- Everybody Likes You by Doris Faulhaber (This book was a novelty book given to my mom when she was 11, and it is just so sweet.)
Ricki: This week, I finished I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora. I highly recommend this book be paired with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It teaches young people that they can make a big difference in the world. I also read Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson. It was intriguing, and I didn’t realize until halfway through the book that it is a contemporary take on the legend of Beowulf. I felt a bit foolish! After I figured this out, I was blown away by the parallels.
Henry and I finished Fairy Tale Comics (edited by Chris Duffy). Each comic is about two to six pages long, so there was great variety in story and artistry. We really enjoyed some of the comics but others fell a bit flat. Overall, I would recommend it, particularly for people who love graphic novels. We also read two classic:s The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig. These both were good fun and worthy of their praise as classics. My cousin recommended Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Applet. The verse in this picture book is beautiful. It is a heartwarming tale that parents will love. I felt like hugging Henry after every page.
Our doctors’ office participates in a charity program called Reach Out and Read. At every well visit, Henry receives a book to read. I am extremely excited about this. His first book was Love You, Hug You, Read to You by Tish Rabe. While most of the books he will receive in future office visits are classics, this particular book was written specifically for the charity. It is a fun board book that promotes reading to children. I found the full version online if anyone wants to enjoy it, too!
This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee: I am currently reading The Firehorse Girl and am truly enjoying it! Jade Moon is such a strong female protagonist, and I like that it is taking on a historical period that isn’t usually talked about. I also plan on reading Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka which I know is going to be super entertaining. With school out now, I hope to get a lot more reading done during my days. I am also finally going to read And Tango Makes Three which I have been meaning to read for years. As for me and Trent, who knows what we will read though I plan on reading some dad books for Father’s Day and maybe a birthday book since next Sunday is also my birthday 🙂
Ricki: Henry and I took a trip to the library, so we have plenty of picture books to devour. I also started A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd and Voices of the Sea by Bethany Masone Harar. In the professional development world, I started We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools. As you can see, I have started a trend that I like to read a book for every age level. 🙂
Upcoming Week’s Posts
Tuesday: Top Ten We’ve Read So Far This Year
Friday: How to Cheer Up Dad Author Interview
So, what are you reading?
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