Monday, October 1, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA (41)

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.

One last author/book weekend has ended and I look forward to getting back to my book piles.  Over this past weekend, I spent Sunday, at the Orange County Festival of Books with Alethea (@frootjoos), Kate (@irishkatey22), Jane (@missjanegov), Roxy (r_a_black), and Jason (@ninjoblio).  Aside from seeing author friends, my favorite opportunity was getting to meet and chat with Tao Nyeu, author and illustrator of Squid & Octopus: Friends For Always.  She is really nice and Alethea & I are excited to be doing a special Bridge to Books event with her in December.

Here are a couple of favorites from this week:

Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself by Margaret Frith; Illustrated by Tomie dePaola - I loved this biography for younger readers.  I am excited to use this one and the one below with students.

Frida by Jonah Winter; Illustrated by Ana Juan - This picture book biography works nicely with the one above in explaining different aspects of Frida Kahlo's life to young readers.

Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril: Lunch Lady #8 by Jarrett J. Krosoczka - Another great Lunch Lady book. 

The City of Ember: Graphic Novel by Jeanne DuPrau, Dallas Middaugh; Illustrated by Niklas Asker - I call this graphic novel a teaser...just enough to get you to want to read the full book.  Asker's illustrations are great.

So what are you reading? 


  1. whoa, would not have pegged that first book as a DePaola from the illustrations. Very different style for him (at least the cover). I'm eager to look at The City of Ember GN. I must check if I've ordered it for my library or not...

    1. I have to agree with you regarding dePaola's illustrations in this one. He did a perfect job for the book though.