It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/20/14



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 Places We Want To Visit (After Reading a Book)

Thursday: Guest Post “Five Ways to Bring MG Books into the Classroom” by Fleur Bradley, author of Double Vision

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: Well, my ambitious goals of reading were defeated by another bout of ear infections and work for school. Such is life! I did get to finish one graphic novel I got from Top Shelf Productions on Netgalley called Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimble Witch which was a Coraline-esque tone/mood with a mix of Wizard of Oz and Miyazaki. The illustrations were a bit messy, but in a purposeful way that made everything feel urgent. I am looking forward to the sequel.

Trent and I did some rereading including revisiting David Smells by David Shannon and Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. We also read Up Close by Gay Wegerif and Kiss, Kiss Good Night by Ken Kesbitt for the first time. Up Close is a unique way to talk about shapes, colors, and animals. I’m sure it will be a favorite. Kiss, Kiss is a sweet book that is a great bedtime story.

Ricki: Henry and Trent are both in the sick club. My poor guy has been sick all week, and we had to make a few trips to the doctor’s office. But we read! I finished a very well-written, comprehensive book called Holocaust: A Concise History by Doris L. Bergen. I read it in preparation for a Teaching the Holocaust Workshop I am attending this Wednesday. It is an integrated workshop for secondary history and English teachers.

Henry is obsessed with Goodnight Moon. When his father or I try to read him a different book, he fusses. The second we take out Goodnight Moon, his whole body relaxes and he giggles. So we read it every night. Meanwhile, I’ve been reading to him as he crawls around the room—he will only sit in my lap for Goodnight Moon. I want to expand his reading list a bit, so chasing him with a book is necessary. We enjoyed Brian Patten’s Can I Come Too? and Alex Latimer’s Pig and Small. Both were charming picture books. I also read an early chapter book to him, Worst Witch by Jill Murphy. I scheduled a blog post about Worst Witch for October 30—just in time for Halloween!

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I am currently in the middle of two books: An Army of Frogs by Trevor Pryce and Joel Naftali in preparation for my NCTE panel with him on teaching graphic novels and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, and I hope to finish them both. I also want to revisit all of the Walden books. Additionally, I still have that huge library picture book pile LOOMING at me from the other side of the living room. I need to spend some time with them. Finally, I will be rereading the Matt Tavares biography picture books I read a couple of weeks ago as I am writing a teaching guide for them this week. BUSY week ahead!

Ricki: I just started Regina Brooks’ Writing Great Books for Young Adults. I am enjoying it thus far and will keep you posted when I have read more! I am still reading Rosenblatt’s book. It is great, but I had to finish my Holocaust book in preparation for the Workshop I described earlier. Can I pause the day and just read, please?

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday NF PB 2014

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Tuesday: Top Series We Want To Start

Wednesday: Nonfiction Graphic Novels List

Thursday: Bramble and Maggie blog tour with a Q&A with author Jessie Haas

Friday: Author guest post from Teresa Flavin, author of The Shadow Lantern

 So, what are you reading?

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28 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/20/14”

    • Thank you Earl! I hope so, too!
      This One Summer is going to be one that is either loved or not. I’m not sure what you’d think of it though the artwork is beautiful, the color really sets the mood, and there are some really special moments in it.

  1. Hooray for F.T. Bradley! Can’t tell you the number of times favorite books got “lost” temporarily when I could no longer take Baby Blue Cat and the Dirty Dog Brothers or some other title that wasn’t my favorite. Children have a way of fixating on books that you would not pick yourself!

    • I need to read the Bradley books–they look like something my students would really enjoy.
      My friend told me about accidentally losing some of her books because of the over-reading 🙂

  2. Hope all the sickness goes away fast. It sounds very busy at both your homes. Laughing at you reading while moving, Ricki. Love the story of Goodnight Moon. And Kellee, I don’t see how you’re going to manage all those Waldens and the library books too. Whew! A full day of reading would be lovely! Have a great week!

  3. I hope everyone is feeling much better soon! I remember the days of reading while crawling around the floor! Some days it still feels that way as busy as we are. My daughter ( now 16) just finished Blood of Olympus. Now she’s the one begging me to hurry up and read it! I love Goodnight Moon. At least if you’re reading the same book every night, it’s a good one.

    • Thank you Kay!
      The new reading while crawling workout is all the rage here at Unleashing Readers 🙂
      My students are LOVING Blood of Olympus!

  4. I just love the visual of Henry getting so excited over Goodnight Moon! lol I remember those days. And, it’s completely normal for kids that age to become obsessed with a single book and want to hear it over and over – at least he has good taste! Get ready – this continues through the toddler years! It’s one way that little ones grow to love books – by memorizing their favorites. He’ll eventually want to broaden his horizons again.

    Hope both boys feel better soon and you both enjoy your books this week!


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  5. Hope Henry and Trent are feeling better soon! We’ve had strep throat going around–both my kids got it, but somehow, miraculously, my husband and I didn’t. (I spent last week wiping down every surface in the house with antibacterial wipes–multiple times each day.) I know what you mean about wanting to pause time for a reading break!

  6. Oh dear – well wishes for these little guys! No fun when they are sick when they are so little. Laughing at the love of Goodnight Moon. There will be titles in both of your futures that you will have memorized forwards and backwards! Certain titles become big favourites. Wishing you both some calm, guilt free time to read and relax. It is a busy time!

  7. RxR time to you all!! 🙂 I remember hearing from my mom that she “hated that insipid Goodnight Moon book that I insisted she read every night when I was a baby” but then she actually grew to love it as a grandma sharing it with my son…. Have a lovely reading week you two, here’s hoping all germs are GONE.


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