It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA (4)

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.
Each week I'll recap what I've read/reviewed the week before 
and then look ahead to what I am planning on reading/reviewing in the upcoming week.
Last week's book adventures:
Some weeks are great reading adventures and other weeks, it is a challenge to squeeze in real reading time.  Last week was one of those.  I have discovered that I am one of those people that doesn't like to delve into something that I know will be amazing and I won't want to put down when I don't have the time to read it in one sitting.  This leaves me to peruse the wonderful shelves of picture books.  
Here are some highlights from this past week...
The book that receives the chuckle of the week award goes to Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke.  It may not be a new release, but I discovered it as I was browsing around the shelves at one of my favorite local bookstores - Once Upon a Time.  Great story about how one little girl beats out a ship full of Pirates.

The book that receives the award for best photographs of baby animals that make you want to say "awww" goes to Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships by Catherine Thimmesh.  I wanted to just hug everyone of these baby animals. 

The book that receives the award of the week for another good one in a series goes to Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson.  Bear is on his way home at night and though he doesn't want to admit it he is a bit afraid.  Great story for bedtime reading and overcoming fears.
The book that receives the award for best board book and one to put on your 2012 booklist goes to Trains Go by Steve Light.  This one comes out in January 2012 and will delight Toddlers who like trains.  

Upcoming Book Adventures...
I am seriously not sure what I am going to read this week.  I look around the piles and there are definitely wonderful books to read but not sure where I am going to start.  Want to recommend something?
So, what are you reading this week?
Please share! And remember to check in at Sheila's or Jen & Kellee's blog to see what they and others are reading!