It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/8/14



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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Tuesday: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

Friday: Laurie Calkhoven Guest Post

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: This last week seemed to be filled to the brim for us! I know I have the same time in the evenings as I did a few weeks ago, but they seem to go by so quickly, and I feel like I am busy every second. Hopefully it will slow down soon! Luckily, I was able to finish Be a Changemaker by Laurie Ann Thompson which we will share with you this week. So inspiring.

Trent and I read some fun picture books this week as well. Our favorites were:

  • We watched Pete the Cat on YouTube, and I’ve had the song in my head ever since.
  • I read Trent Green Eggs and Ham for the first time. I’ve been waiting to read it to him until he could fit into his Green Eggs and Ham shirt. I loved reading it! What fun rhyming and rhythm.
  • At school, I found a book, You are my Work of Art, at school that I bought years ago for my future child, so I brought it home and read it to him. What a great way to introduce young children to art, and it is so sweet as well.
  • Based off of recommendations, we got Ninja! by Arree Chung. What a fun imagination book!

Ricki: I turned thirty this week. Ahh! Luckily, Henry kept me distracted, so I didn’t have to worry about my age. I am embarrassed that I didn’t read much YA this week. I read about 30 scholarly articles and chapters for my classes. Henry and I read Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young and enjoyed it. And there are four board books on my living room floor that I must have read with Henry close to sixty times this week. Our favorite board book (which we have read hundreds of times now) is Mem Fox’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. Those of you who follow the blog might remember this is one of my favorites to read with him.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: This week I am going to start Rory’s Promise by Michaela MacColl in preparation for a future blog post, and I will continue to read Allie Gator and the Seven Stones on my phone (though admittedly, I didn’t get to read any last week!). Hopefully this upcoming week is a bit slower, so I can find more reading time in my days.

Ricki: Like Kellee, I am hoping to start Rory’s Promise and also Allie Condie’s Atlantia. I don’t suspect I will have much time to read others. As it is, I read from 7pm-2am each night to keep up with my coursework. I am not complaining! It is all very interesting. 🙂

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday Be a Changemaker Teaching Young Adult Literature Today touched

Tuesday: Top Ten Underrated Books

 So, what are you reading?

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24 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/8/14”

  1. You Are My Work of Art looks adorable. I like the fact you read a book based on when he was going to wear the shirt! I haven’t read any Mem Fox except for the latest one.

  2. Children obsess on interesting book choices, sometimes! Glad that yours at least wants to read one you like. I love the idea of a literary lunch table; will have to go see who would be at yours!

  3. Where does the time go? My days seem to slip away before I know it! I can’t wait to hear about Be a Changemaker. I remember the days of reading and rereading the same book again to my daughter. She’s in a rereading kick herself these days. Visiting those old friends relieves some of the stress of her academics and athletics.

  4. Both of you are reading such a variety because of the babies-very fun to hear. Your minds must have big adjustments at times! I will look for You Are My Work of Art-sounds wonderful.

  5. Kellee, looking forward to your review of Be a Changemaker. Sounds like an inspiring title! We also like Ninja quite a bit. Ricki, happy birthday! It’s certainly a challenge to balance coursework and personal reading, but it sounds like you’ve figured out a schedule that works for you. Don’t forget to sleep!!

  6. Like a few of the others have said, such a varied reading diet! I know about time getting away, there never seems to be enough time in the day to accomplish everything! Happy late birthday, Ricki!

  7. The Man with the Violin was such an emotional book for me. Not just from the musical aspect (which often gets me verklempt) but also from the aspect of needing to be present. This would be a great book to read to older students and pair it with the Washington Post article that revealed how the whole Joshua Bell performance in the subway played out. I believe the article won a Pulitzer Prize:

  8. Sounds like you both are doing a lot of varied reading. Ricki, Happy Birthday! If it makes you feel any better, most of my reading seems to be blog posts, articles, etc about the mess of this teacher strike. Want to get lost in a book but real life is so dramatic, it won’t release me.


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