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: Spring break did a wonderful thing for my reading! I was able to read 3 graphic novels, 3 picture books, and 3 novels this week!
The picture books I read were Steam Train, Dream Train (Sound Book) by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Bartholomew Quill by Thor Hanson, and This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary. I read Steam Train, Dream Train with Trent, and I can tell it is going to be another favorite book. He loves sound books and trains. We’ll be reviewing Bartholomew Quill this week. And I now completely understand why everyone raved about This is Sadie when it came out. It is another book that promotes reading and imagination, and it has beautiful illustrations.
Then I read Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes and its companion Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier. I do not know why I waited so long to read Peter Nimble, but I am so glad I finally did. Not only because it is beautiful and full of adventure but because it led me to read Sophie Quire which is going to end up being one of my favorite books of the year. The third novel I read was The Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry, and I cannot wait to share it with you on Friday!
Next I read my three graphic novels: Red’s Planet by Eddie Pittman, Hippopotamister by John Green, and Paths & Portals by Gene Luen Yang. All three are going to be hits. First, Red’s Planet is the first in a middle grade about a young girl who is abducted by aliens. It is funny and interesting–it is going to popular! Next, Hippopotamister teaches kids that experience leads to being able to succeed in live makes for a must get graphic novel for middle grade classrooms. And I love John Green’s illustrations! Everything is so detailed and crisp. Finally, Paths & Portals is the 2nd book in the Secret Coders series, and it was a great continuation of the series. There are many things I really like about this series: 1) It is smart; 2) It is written for kids who are coders or noncoders; 3) It is interactive; 4) The characters are diverse and relatable; 5) It has math in it but without making it too obvious. What I don’t like about this series: 1) THE CLIFFHANGERS!
Ricki: Please enjoy Kellee’s update above because mine isn’t very good! Henry and I enjoyed a lot of board books, but none were high-quality reads that I’d recommend. He received many new books from the Easter Bunny, so we will share those soon. He was highly impressed by Little Blue Truck’s Beep-Along Book by Alice Schertle. He loves to beep the stuffed animal as we read.
This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee: This week is my state competition for Future Problem Solvers, so I have some very long days ahead of me, so I am not sure what I am going to read. I am currently listening to George by Alex Gino, so I hope to finish that this week. Readingwise, coming up for me is The Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre (for review) and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (for my school book club).
Ricki: Similar to last week, I regret to say I’m having difficulty managing my work load for The ALAN Review, doc school, and mommyhood. Henry was sick this week, so my husband and I have been up with him throughout the nights. I am really loving Kristen-Paige Madonia’s Invisible Fault Lines (an ARC from S&S). It is my treat before bed each night after a long day of work! I promise to share more later, and I am sorry I am falling behind!
Upcoming Week’s Posts
Tuesday: Recent 5-Star Reads
Wednesday: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick
Thursday: Bartholomew Quill: A Crow’s Quest to Know Who’s Who by Thor Hanson
Friday: Blog Tour, Author Guest Post, and Review!: The Class Crooks Club by Alison Cherry
So, what are you reading?
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