It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/9/14



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.

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Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Dream Book Vacations

Wednesday and Thursday: Liebster Award (Parts One and Two)

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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

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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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20 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/9/14”

  1. You both have books I hope to get to, like Leonard Peacock, & as I usually say, someday! My class collected books for Reach Out and Read, Ricki. What a great program it is. Glad you’re getting some great books that way. If only more kids could receive good books!

    • Linda, that is so wonderful that your class participated in the program! I plan to use it as my favorite charity to donate to. Henry and I don’t need the books, necessarily, but I figure we will pass them along to other children when he is old enough, so we will pay it forward! 🙂

  2. Ricki I like reading at the various age levels too, but would like to hit more PD books. You often have some really good ones going. Kellee I also enjoyed the Firehorse Girl. Have a great week!

    • Thanks, Crystal! I wouldn’t read as much PD if I wasn’t in school. Luckily, the PD texts are for independent studies, so I can pick the books that are most appealing to me. Have a great reading week!

  3. I NEED to read I Kill the Mockingbird soon! I am hearing such amazing things about it.

    I hope you enjoy A Snicker of Magic. I’m probably getting annoying talking about how much I so love that book. 😉

    • Beth,
      I kept hearing about Snicker on everyone’s blogs, so I knew I had to get to it. So far, it is beautiful. I was warned that I would need post-its. I decided to go rogue and am folding down pages that I love. I never do this to books, but I couldn’t stop myself this time.

  4. I just love reading about books to read to babies that I’ve missed out on since my kiddo has grown up… 🙂 Thanks much for that… Enjoy The Firehorse Girl, I really thought it was special, memorable. I adored A Touch of Magic!! 🙂

    • I am glad the posts make you nostalgic. I bet it will be the same for me when Henry gets older! Have a fantastic reading week!

    • I’m so glad that you are enjoying our baby posts! I love sharing what we are reading.
      The Firehorse Girl is so good! I am trying to comment faster to get back to it.

  5. You all have some great books you’ve been reading! I love the Penguin books, some are better than others, but they are all sweet! I’ve heard such a buzz about the Mockingbird book, but I’ve never read To Kill a Mockingbird!!! I guess I should put that on my summer TBR list! I loved Fairy Tale Comics, but I agree, some fall flat and some were just rude!! But I loved the Red Riding Hood one – gotta love Granny coming flying out of the wolf!! Makes me chuckle every time! Can’t wait to hear what you think of Snicker… I’m hoping it’s total book love!!!

    • Ha! Yes! Some of the Fairy Tale Comics were a bit rude! I didn’t like how some of the fairy tales changed, too. I am a purist, I suppose, when it comes to my fairy tales. The Red Riding Hood one was great. I also loved the Shudders tale. So far, I absolutely love Snicker. I will post more when I am farther into it! 🙂

    • You should get the TKaM audio read by Sissy Spasek. It is so well done!
      And very true about some of the Penguin books being better than others, but overall I enjoy Yoon’s books.

  6. I REALLY want to read Leonard Peacock – have heard so many good things!

    And The Poky Little Puppy is a true classic – my husband and I remember it from when WE were kids. Our boys had a bunch of the classic Little Golden Books.

    Enjoy your books this week –


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    • Thanks, Sue! Leonard Peacock is fabulous. It is a must-read, in my humble opinion. I just saw a Golden Books exhibit at a museum, and it inspired me to break out some of the Golden Books from my childhood. I found them in my parents’ basement. 🙂

    • You will not be disappointed about any Matthew Quick book. Such a great writer.
      And I loved Poky Little Puppy when I was younger! I need to get Trent some Little Golden Books.

  7. Loved Leonard Peacock – although certainly heavy. Ricki – love that Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is still getting some love! This is a favourite of mine. Happy reading to you both this week!

  8. If you enjoyed Fairy Tale Comics, check out Nursery Rhymes Comics also edited by Duffy! And, Dallas Clayton has a very distinct style. Students from a nearby art school always ask for his books at our store! Have a great reading week, you two!


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