It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 7/8/13

 It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers have adapted this to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.  

I have been reading some fabulous books recently.  Here is just a few from the pile that stood out...

The Carnivore Club by Aaron Reynolds; Illustrated by Dan Santat (Chronicle Books, August 20, 2013) - I truly love Dan Santat's art and well Aaron Reynolds has another fun story that he has written. 

God Got A Dog by Cynthia Rylant; Illustrated by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane Books, October 29, 2013) - Rylant's poems about God depicted doing very human things are illustrated beautifully by the phenomenal Marla Frazee. 

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo; Illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Candlewick Press, September 24, 2013) - A squirrel with super powers? A girl who loves comic books? A mom who writes romance novels? DiCamillo has written a funny, wacky book with beautiful language.

The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan (Katherine Tegen Books, June 25, 2013) - A coming of age tale from master writer Maclachlan.  I loved this book.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster, February 2012) - I heard Sáenz give his Printz acceptance speech and knew I had to read this one.  OMG! It is simply wonderful on every level. 

Next up in the pile:

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, September 3, 2013) - Any doubt that I would be reading a Holly Black book?

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano (Scholastic Press, September 2012) - In preparation for a presentation in November, I am upping the number of books to read that would appeal to students from diverse backgrounds.  This one came highly recommended.

So, what are you reading?