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: I finished Rescued by Eliot Schrefer this week!! Oh, you need to preorder this one! Although it is very different than the first two in the Ape Quartet series, it is just as powerful. I am a sucker for ape books and for Schrefer’s writing, but with the first two being National Book Award finalists, I am not alone.
I also read Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends by David Stabler for Wednesday’s review. It has big ideas such as overcoming adversity, trying your best, and standing up to bullies. It was great to read stories of so many athletes as kids.
Trent has been pretty stuck on two books this week (Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter and his play-a-sound Disney book); however, he has been picked up more and more books independently and begun “reading” to himself. He specifically loves his two truck picture encyclopedias.
Ricki: I went on a bit of a picture book binge this week because I’ve been hanging with K-6 teachers. I absolutely recommend The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. I missed this book because I wasn’t avidly reading children’s literature in 2003, and I am really glad someone recommended it to me. This is a fabulous story that is very well-written. I finally read Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate. This is a wonderful picture book that pairs well with her novel (which I LOVE). I also read Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol by James Warhola. I loved the illustrations and enjoyed learning more about Andy Warhol. I didn’t love the writing, but the content and artwork made up for this concern.
Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book by Shel Silverstein is a bizarre, adult picture book. It made me laugh, but I admit it disturbed me a bit. The White Book: A Minibombo Book by Silvia Borando was adorable, and if I hadn’t read books like it, I think I would have been even more impressed. I suspect many people will enjoy this book very much. Lastly, I read The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster. Grandparents will enjoy reading this book to their grandchildren.
This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee: I have a few novels to read for reviews coming up, so I plan on reading them this week. I also have a pile of picture books I want to tackle–we’ll see what I get to! I am trying to limit my TV to ensure I don’t have a week like the one I had a couple of weeks ago!
Ricki: Besides picture books, I read a lot of articles this week, so I didn’t get a chance to continue The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin. I think I’m going to get an overdue notice because it is one of those 14-day-only books from the library…and it is due tomorrow. I need to get cracking!
Upcoming Week’s Posts
Tuesday: Top Historical Settings We Love
Wednesday: Kid Athletes: by David Stabler
Thursday: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Friday: Unleash Your (and your students’) Inner Reader
Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Cross Curricular Integration of Climate Change Education Using Middle Grade Fiction” by Michael J. Bowler, Author of Warrior Kids
So, what are you reading?
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