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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Last Week’s Journeys
Kellee: This week I focused on reading two middle grade novels I’d been wanting to read ever since I’d heard of them and a pile of picture books I had. I am so glad that I read A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd and Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. These books are brilliant. I can see why everyone is raving about them:
- Snicker of Magic is a quiet, special books that just goes straight to your heart when you read it. I loved so many of Natalie Lloyd’s words I actually pulled out tabs to mark pages for reminders and sharing. The book is marked like crazy! Beautiful writing.
- I adored Fish in a Tree so much! I think it means even more to me being an intensive reading teacher/reading coach. Ally is so many students that I have had over the years that just needed a teacher to take the time; Mr. Daniels is the teacher that I hope I am, that I wish I could be, that I want all teachers to be, and that I want to be friends with; Ally’s journey is one that I hope I inspire my students to have; Keisha is the friend I wish I’d had; Albert is so many student in our schools that are just a bit different thus leading to a life of sorrows; Shay shows that meanness often is because of meanness; Travis shows that it is never too late to change a kid’s life. So many special characters and such a special story. Once again, Lynda Mullaly Hunt made me cry. Well done!
For picture books, I read so many good ones: The Right Word by Jennifer Fisher Bryant, Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau by Andrea Beaty, The Very Inappropriate Word by Jim Tobin, Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, The Girl Who Hear Colors by Marie Harris, The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma by Diane Fox, April & Esme: Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham, Miss Brooks Loves Books! by Barbara Bottner, Birds by Kevin Henkes, Found by Salina Yoon, I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein, Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker, When Otis Courted Mama by Kathi Appelt, Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson, and Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers. Not a bad one in the bunch! Some of these even ended up on my Best Reads of 2015 list! I’ll be reviewing many of these in the future.
Ricki: I read some excellent books this week! I loved The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley. It is a 2015 Morris Finalist and well-deserving of this honor. The setting and raw emotion of this book really hit me hard. I struggled to pick up another book because I couldn’t bear to leave the emotions I felt from this one. I particularly loved the parental dynamics. I also very much enjoyed Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang. This book felt very teachable to me, and it will serve well for discussions of race, stereotypes, and heroism.
Henry and I dove into the picture books this week. We enjoyed Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. It is a book that is very much marketed for girls, but I will read it to Henry because I refuse to give in to gender expectations. I love e.e. cummings’ I Carry Your Heart with Me, so I loved sharing the picture book with Henry. The art by Mati Rose McDonough is simply stunning. Henry also learned about Alzheimer’s Disease in Forget Me Not by Nancy Van Laan. This is a quiet, important book that is a great resource for teachers. We thought Earth Space Moon Base by Ben Joel Price was an okay book–enjoyable for those who like reading about space.
This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee: Back to school…. That means less reading 🙁 I am starting Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero and hope to finish it (one of my #mustreadin2015). Like Ricki said below, we will share our lists on Wednesday!
Ricki: I am excited to read How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon. It is one of my books on my #mustread2015 list! Kellee and I are excited to share these lists on Wednesday. 🙂
Upcoming Week’s Posts
Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels of 2015
Thursday: Blog Tour, Book Trailer, and Author’s Guest Post!: When Otis Courted Mama by Kathi Appelt
Friday: Books Trent Got For Christmas
So, what are you reading?
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