It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 3/18/13

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.

Here's what has stood out from the pile...

Wordles by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Illustrated by Serge Bloch  (Chronicle Books, June 1, 2012) - Last year Krouse Rosenthal did Wumbers and this year we have Wordles.  Look for this one coming in June.

Born to be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World by Lita Judge (Roaring Brook Press, 2009) - How does Lita Judge go from something like Red Hat or Red Sled to doing something like Born to be Giants? Amazing.  Enjoyed this book a lot.

The Buffalo are Back by Jean Craighead George; Paintings by Wendell Minor (Penguin, 2010) - Minor's paintings are beautiful and the story of the Buffaloes and their importance to the environment is beautifully captured in this book.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente; Illustrated by Ana Juan (Feiwel & Friends, May 2011) - I know in some places this one is marked for Middle Grade but the language is fairly sophisticated in this one.  This book is as if Alice in Wonderland, and The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and The Phantom Tollbooth had a love child.  If you have students who have read and loved the classics, then they will love this one.

Currently reading:

Ghoulish Song (Zombay #2) by William Alexander (Simon & Schuster, March 2013) - I loved the first book in this series (Goblin Secrets) and excited to be starting the sequel. 

Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelon (Random House, February 2013) - This is one that I'll be reading for awhile. 

So, what are you reading?