It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to Young Adult - 6/10/13

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.

Recently, I have been reading some powerful Middle Grade books which has resulted in a heavier picture book and early reader stack this week.  Sometimes, I am just not ready to leave the feeling I had when reading a book.  What I find best in these situations is move to something completely different.  Also, check back on Wednesday for some nonfiction picture books that made it into last week's pile. 

Here is what jumped out of the stack this week:

Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish by Kate Messner; Illustrated by Andy Rash  (Chronicle Books, July 9, 2013) - Sea Monster is back and will be available in time for the start of the school year.  Kinder and first grade teachers add this to you opening school year books to read aloud list.

The Monstore by Tara Lazar; Illustrated by James Burks (Aladdin, June 4, 2013) - More to come on this one.

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos; Illustrated by Joy Ang  (Clarion Books, May 14, 2013) - What a funny book to read aloud.  Kids are going to enjoy this one.

Dodsworth in Tokyo by Tim Egan (Houghton Mifflin Books, April 16, 2013) - The newest installment in this series finds Dodsworth and Duck in Tokyo.

The Meanest Birthday Girl by Josh Shneider (Clarion Books, May 7, 2013) - What do you give a mean birthday girl?  Read this early reader/chapter book from Geisel winner Josh Schneider.

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Bartnett; Ilustrated by Matthew Myers  (Simon & Schuster, October 22, 2013) - Ok, the adults are going to find this one hysterical.  Will have to see how it reads as a read aloud and if young kids get it at the same level as the "big" kids.

Feed by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick Press, 2002) - This came up on my TBR list because we were reading it for book group.  Kind of prophetic, kind of sad, kind of scary.  That's all I am saying.

What I am re-reading this week and most excited about this week:

Pie by Sarah Weeks (Scholastic, 2011) - I am leading a Middle Grade book club on Wednesday and PIE is up for discussion.  Thought I should re-read it in time for the meeting.

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani; Illustrated by Maris Wicks (First Second, June 11, 2013) - I received my shipping notice that this will be at my house on Tuesday.  Yay!