It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 7/15/13

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.

Last week, I had some Reader ADD.  I started a lot of books but didn't finish as many.  Most of them I will finish in the next week or two.  Some may never make it to the finish line.  I have learned that it is okay not to finish something.  There are too many books out there that I want to read and if something isn't working then I move on.  With that said, there were some really fun and awesome books too.

Here is what stood out from the pile last week...

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, September 3, 2013) - This one doesn't come out until September but put it on your "to read list".  I want to see a shiny medal on this book come January.

The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman (Viking Juvenile, June 13, 2013) - Freedman's illustrations jump off the page in this story.  I will be reviewing it later this week.

Papa's Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming; Illustrated Boris Kulikov by (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 4, 2013) - A loose biographical look at Lodner Phillips.  This is an entertaining read and will make a great read aloud.

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman; Illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Roaring Brook Press, June 25, 2013) - Heiligman and Pham team up to give readers a look into Paul Erdos' life. Click on the link to go to my review.

The Tree Lady: The Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins; Illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Beach Lange Books, September 13, 2013) - This is probably one of my favorite biographical picture books this year.  I look forward to sharing it with teachers in the fall.

Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Eric Shanower; Frank L. Baum; Illustrated by Skottie Young (Marvel Oz Comics, September 2009) - This graphic novel is based on Baum's books rather than on the movie so many are familiar with.  

Every Day After by Laura Golden (Delacorte Press, June 11, 2013) - What a beautiful story and such a wonderful set of characters, especially Lizzie.  One of my favorite MG books this year. 

So, what are you reading?