Monday, August 13, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA (35)

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Jen & Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts have adapted this to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.

This was a slow week in terms of Caldecott Honor books (only managed to read 7 of them).   It was also a busy week and my total number of books for the week was only 28, but there were some excellent stand-outs in that list.

Here is my favorite Caldecott Honor Book from the past week's stack:


Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe - This 1988 Caldecott Honor book is beautifully illustrated by Steptoe and has a Cinderella feel to it.

Here are some other books that I was reading this past week:


Black Heart by Holly Black - This was the last book in the Curse Workers Trilogy.  I am truly sad that this YA series is over.  There are few series that I actually read every book that comes out and this is one of those series that I looked forward to each book.  I won't say more because I plan on reviewing it this week. 


The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech - Thanks to Cynthia (@utalaniz on twitter), I had a chance to read this one before it's release date of 9/4/12.  This is a book that is beautifully written, has quirky characters, humor, mystery/adventure, makes you care what happens, and even has sad parts. Sharon Creech has done it again. If the Newbery committee overlooks this book I might cry.  Can't wait to share this book with kids this fall.


The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger - Do I really need to say anything about this book?  The third book (and hopefully not the last book) in the Origami Yoda series was released this week.  If you haven't picked it up, what are you waiting for?


Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes - A friend shared the ARC for the third book in Henkes' Penny series.  I can't believe book 2 isn't quite out yet and I have already read book 3 which won't be released until March 2013.  I love this early reader series and each installment gets better and better. 


Even Aliens Need Snacks by Matthew McElligott - This picture book is quirky and funny.  You don't need to wait for Halloween to read it. 

So, what are you reading this week?

16 comments:

  1. I just finished Red Glove this week. Will start Black Heart as my next audiobook (after I finish relistening to The Queen of Attolia). You're right, it's a fantastic series and great audiobooks. I must read that new Sharon Creech book! Love her writing, and you sure make this one sound good :-)

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    1. Yay! I am so glad you like the audiobooks for the Curse Worker Series. You will love Black Heart. And I do hope you love The Great Unexpected.

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  2. I am shocked but delighted that there is already a third Penny book! And happy to hear that you feel that each book is getting better! Definitely a collection I want for my classroom library. Kids just LOVE his characters! Isn't Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters gorgeous? I have done a Cinderella Tales from around the World unit in the past and included this book. Can't wait to read this new title by Creech! Thanks for sharing all of these great titles!

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    1. Carrie - There is a 3rd book but we will be waiting quite a few months for it to be released.

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  3. I just finally read White Cat last month and need to read the next two. I'm glad to see another book by Matt Mclligott as my students love Even Monsters need Haircuts. :)

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    1. Kristen I loved Even Aliens Need Snacks more than I enjoyed Even Monsters Need Haircuts. Both are good but the aliens one had me cracking up.

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  4. I haven't read any of the Penny books but I may need to check them out. My kids loved Kevin Henkes books when they were younger.

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    1. Katya- The first Penny book is out and the second one should be out later this month. They are wonderful. Hope you enjoy them.

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  5. I think you've hit all my interests in this post! I love to read YA novels myself, but have only read one of Holly Black's short stories in the Vampires vs. Zombies collection. And that cover for Creech's new novel? Stunning! I almost don't care what the book is about! I LOVED Even Monsters need Haircuts, so the Alien one? Definitely going on my first purchase order! And probably right into my amazon cart :)

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    1. I think the Curse Worker series is the best that Holly Black has done. Just love it. And yes the cover of Creech's new book is stunning! Enjoy

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  6. I used Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters every year I was in the classroom. Wonderful story, beautiful illustrations. The cover of The Great Unexpected grabs me every time I see it. Can't wait to read it myself!

    Maria @novalibrarymom.com

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    1. The Great Unexpected is as beautiful as it's cover.

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  7. I bought myself the first book in the Curse Works series a while ago, because I'd heard such good things about it all over the blogosphere.

    I also see the Origami Yoda series mentioned a lot. I'm a huge SW fan, so I think I need to check those out too.

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    1. The Origami Yoda series is fantastic. Hope you enjoy it!

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  8. I'm reading Rick Riordan's, Red Pyramid. He's a wonderful writer!

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  9. Everyone is excited for Fortune Wookiee and so I am!!! But I saw that you have The Great Unexpected on your list, too and I have heard wonderful things about that book. Too many books!!!!

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