It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 7/22/13

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 it to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.

This week I spent a lot of time catching up on picture books. I love when I have a couple of hours to look through new picture book releases or to go through a stack that I have been meaning to read.  Some of these are so good that they will be showing up again with reviews or in other posts. 

Though I read over 20 picture books, I am only going to highlight my favorites. 

Here is what stood out from the pile...

One Gorilla: A Counting Book by Anthony Browne (Candlewick, February 12, 2013) - I wish I had seen this one prior to putting together my Top Ten Picture Books For the First Half of 2013.  This one would have definitely made the list.  The illustrations are gorgeous. Primate fans will love this counting book.

Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look (Schwartz & Wade, June 25, 2013) - A beautiful story about Wu Daozi (689-758). 

S is for Steampunk by Nat Iwata (Cameron & Co, May 14, 2013) - If you are a Steampunk fan, you will want to take a look at this one. Not quite a board book but it has reinforced pages.

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer; Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal (Chronicle Books, September 24, 2013) - Looking for a book that looks at math averages? Might want to pick this one up and take a look. 

How Do You Burp in Space? And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know by Susan E. Goodman; Illustrated by Michael Slack (Bloomsbury, July 9, 2013) - This isn't exactly a picture book though it has a lot of illustrations. It is actually a chapter book for third to sixth graders.  Fun way to look at space travel.

Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue by Deborah Lee Rose, Susan Kelly; Photographs by Susan Kelly (National Geographic, July 9, 2013) - Who doesn't like Koalas? I love the books that National Geographic has been producing and this one is no exception. 

Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy (Simon & Schuster, June 4, 2013) - I wish I was as willing to take risks like Betty Skelton.  This picture book biography focuses on Betty Skelton, who admits that she loved going fast.

Little Red Writing by Joan Holub; Illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Chronicle Books, September 24, 2013) - Little Red Riding Hood gets a bit of a makeover in this book that takes a look at writing a story.

So, what are you reading?