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.
Congratulations to our winners:
Beth Shaum (How to Cheer Up Dad)
Melissa Guerrette (Eleanor series)
Last Week’s Posts
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Last Week’s Journeys
Kellee: Another really great reading week in the Moye house. I read some phenomenal books. First was The F-It List by Julie Halpern which was a true yet fun look at living with a friend with cancer. Then was Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys which blew me away! Anyone who wants to argue that YA isn’t literary or thought-provoking should read this novel. It had a fascinating setting in a 1950s New Orleans brothel and an amazing protagonist. Next was Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan about a young albino teenager in Tanzania. It was filled with such deep themes such as identity, family, and prejudice. Last was Winger by Andrew Smith. Wow. What a way to end the week. It was a book that kept me reading and guessing—well written and a wonderful voice. Between these books and Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott I read last week, I think I’ve read some of my top books of the year in the last 2 weeks.
Trent and I continued our journey into literature as well:
- Diddle Diddle Dumpling by Tracey Campbell Pearson (A fun take on a classic nursery rhyme.)
- So Many Bunnies by Rick Walton (Looks at counting, ABCs, and rhyming. Almost too much in one book and some of the rhymes/combos were quite a stretch.)
- If You Were a Penguin by Florence Minor (Loved this one. A lyrical picture book, but with information about penguins within. This was from my summer TBR post, and I am glad we were able to get to it.)
- Sandbox by Rosemary Wells (Not my favorite Rosemary Wells book, but still well done and the textures will fascinate a young reader.)
- In the Garden by Elizabeth Spurr (Loved how simple yet how detailed this book was. Using few words it tells the story of a young boy growing a garden.)
- Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick by Kevin Henkes (Kevin Henkes can do no wrong. A cute story about sharing and siblings.)
- Who Are They? by Tana Hoban (A wordless picture book in black and white to catch a baby’s attention. Works on counting and animals.)
I forgot to mention last week that many of these books are from Trent’s first visit to the library!!! Although we have read library books since he was born, this was the first time we went to visit (library books get delivered to my house if I request them). My mom and I took Trent who was mesmerized by all of the books, and I was able to pick up a huge pile of board books–score!
Ricki: This week, I read a great book about a girl who is a Siren. This was my first book within the Siren/Mermaid trend, and I had a lot of fun reading it. It is from a smaller press (WiDo) and is called Voices of the Sea by Bethany Masone Harar. Henry and I also read What’s Your Favorite Animal? which is a delightful book that is edited by Eric Carle. Fourteen famous children’s writers/illustrators draw and describe their favorite animal. I loved it. We also read Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, One Little Match by Thomas S. Monson, and The Sleepy Book by Margaret Wise Brown. All three were very good.
This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee: I started Reality Boy on Sunday, and I hope to finish it soon. I then will go on to Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. After that I am not sure. Any one read any of these: Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin, Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian, The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman, or Golden by Jessi Kirby? I can’t decide what to read next.
Ricki: I am still reading A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. I am savoring it, and I save it for times I need a pick-me-up. It is simply fabulous. I am also reading a few professional development books, but I will share more about them when I make a more significant dent. 🙂
Upcoming Week’s Posts
We are celebrating our one year anniversary this week!!!
Come by each day to celebrate with us!
Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Posts in the First Year of Unleashing Readers
Wednesday: Why Do We Blog?
Thursday: What We’ve Learned This Year
Friday: New Year’s Resolution
Saturday: Wrap Up
So, what are you reading?
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