It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!
It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 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!
Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, 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: Many “Best of” lists have been coming out recently and when I read School Library Journal‘s “Top 10 Graphic Novels 2015” and Carrie & Alyson’s best of 2015 lists, I realized there were so many I hadn’t read, so I ordered a bunch from my library and I did a lot of 2015 reading this week.
First up were graphic novels. I read The Lunch Witch by Deb Lucke, Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitty Holy by Noelle Stevenson, and Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson. I can definitely see why all of these graphic novels were on the top ten list because they were all brilliant in their own right. All 4 or 5 stars
Next up were picture books. I read Float by Daniel Miyares, Earmuffs for Everyone! by Meghan McCarthy, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, My Pen by Christopher Myers, The Skunk by Mac Barnett, Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate, The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein, Water is Water by Miranda Paul, The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski, and Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker. Another set of brilliant titles. I loved all of them and I am so glad I didn’t miss them.
Many of these titles will definitely be on my FAVORITE READS OF 2015 list I’ll be sharing Friday.
Ricki: I’ve been reading like crazy, and I read a few books I’ve always wanted to read! I finished and loved Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polansky. This is a middle grade novel about a boy who has always felt as if he was a girl. I absolutely loved this story. I also (FINALLY) read Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. Wow! It reminded me a bit of Stuck in Neutral, but (dare I say) that I think I liked it even more. The book is beautifully written, and I am glad we will be using it with my pre-service K-6 teachers. I think they will love it, too. I read Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. Another WOW book. Now I understand why everyone loves Selznick’s work. I was lost in the story, and it was quite magical.
This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee: I started Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro this weekend and plan on finishing it soon. I am looking forward to interviewing Greg for the blog and sharing my review and Q&A on January 8th. Then I plan on reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, so I can review it with Ricki in early January as well. I don’t think I’ll get any more #mustread2015 books read this week, but I cannot wait to begin tackling my #mustread2016 list!
Ricki: I am trying to knock off as many #mustreadin2015 books as I can. I am hoping to finish A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. I’m moving at a fast pace, so it may be more!
Upcoming Week’s Posts
Tuesday: Books Ricki Loved in 2015
Wednesday: Best of 2015 Book Lists
Thursday: #mustread2015 Final Reflection
Friday: Favorite Books Kellee Read in 2015
Happy New Year!
So, what are you reading?
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