It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers have adapted it to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.
It's been a bit crazy lately and I haven't had a chance to do a "What are you reading?" post. This is a compilation of my favorite books from the past few weeks.
Here is what jumped out of the pile from the past few week...
Bunny Roo, I love You by Melissa Marr; Illustrated by Teegan White (Nancy Paulsen Books, April 14, 2015) - It is sometimes hard to standout in a category of books where there are a lot of tender mother-baby books, but Melissa Marr not only does it in a way that adds something but feels like a classic at the same time. Whether an infant is suffering withdrawal or just normal newborn adjustment issues, this book is a loving tribute to the mother-infant bonding process.
Wait by Antoinette Portis (Roaring Brook Press, July 14, 2015) - With just two words, Portis captures the struggle between a busy mom and a curious child.
Goodnight Already! by John Jory & Benji Davis (HarperCollins, December 31, 2014) - A sleepy bear and a very awake duck make for an interesting evening of interruptions.
You Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple; Illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Boyds Mills Press, March 3, 2015) - Jane Yolen and her daughter, Heidi Stemple come together with a book of beautiful poems, which come alive even further with Sweet's illustrations.
Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins; Illustrated by Molly Idle (Peachtree Publishers, March 1, 2015) - Perkins captures the voice and Idle captures the visuals in this story about a little girl, her stuffed dog, and the new baby brother. Will be a favorite of readers this year.
Orion and the Dark by Emma Yalett (Candlewick Press, March 24, 2015) - A great addition to the bedtime stories about the dark and the monsters in the night.
Grace by Kate Parkinson (Holiday House, January 1, 2015) - A fun early reader about a little girl who may want to dance but may actually have a talent in another area.
Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea (Disney-Hyperion, May 5, 2015) - Another early reader about two friends and what it takes to be truly accepting of one another.
Rocket's 100th Day of School by Fredric F. Hills (Random House, December 23, 2014) - I really like Rocket and this is no exception.
A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake by Robin Newman; Illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, May 12, 2015) - A fun transition between early readers and longer chapter books this mystery will engage readers as they try to discover who took the missing carrot cake.
Sonia Sotomayor: I'll Be the Judge of That (Women Who Broke the Rules) by Kathleen Krull; Illustrated Angela Dominguez (Bloomsbury Kids, May 12, 2015) - A biography about Sonia Sotomayor for 2nd to 4th graders. Krull draws in readers and this biography will encourage readers to want to explore more about Sotomayor.
Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan by Cynthia Rylant, Illustrated by Arthur Howard (Beach Lane Books, April 2015) - A follow-up to Gooseberry Park and one where all of the animals work together to help one another out during a drought.
Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin (Razorbill, February 24, 2015) - A mix of magical realism, friendship, and learning to accept someone for exactly who they are fill this middle grade novel that will strike an emotional chord in readers.
Codename Zero by Chris Rylander (Walden Pond Press, 2014) - Middle Grade prankster turned secret agent. Definitely a fun read for 5th to 8th graders.
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince (Zest Books, September 2014) - This graphic novel memoir challenges the gender messages we send to girls (and boys) - Definitely 14+
So, what are you reading?