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?