It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 12/9/13

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.

Here's what jumped out of the stack this past week...


Ling & Ting Share a Birthday by Grace Lin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, September 10, 2013)


Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane & Hoda Hadadi  (Schwartz & Wade, October 8, 2013)


The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara; Illustrated by G. Brian Karas (Schwartz & Wade, July 9, 2013)


Little Owl's Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney (Knopf Books for Young Readers, June 11, 2013)

...and I am currently reading:


The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown (HMH Books for Young Readers, October 8, 2013)

So, what are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 12/2/13


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.

For the past several weeks, I have been doing several different kinds of posts and wanted to get back to my regular Monday posts.  I have recently been on an audiobook 

Here's what jumped out from the stack recently...


Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone (Candlewick Press, January 22, 2013) - If you are following the Nerdies, and need to read this one. How about trying this one out as an audiobook?  I highly recommend it.


From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos (Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux, September 24, 2013) - I listened to Dead End in Norvelt and knew that I wanted to listen to book two.  I think I might have loved this one even more than the first one.  I laughed so hard through this one.


Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal (Knopf Books for Young Readers, June 11, 2013) - This was my pick for my book club.  I think the audiobook took this one to the next level.  One of my favorite reads of 2013, and also on the Nerdies list.


A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd (Scholastic Press, February 25, 2014) - I received this ARC at NCTE '13.  It just screamed to be read. I loved this one. Add it to your TBR list for 2014. 


Twelve Days of Christmas by Susan Jeffers (HarperCollins, September 1, 2013) - I am not a huge Twelve Days of Christmas fan but I loved Jeffers illustrations and enjoyed this retelling.


The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art  by Barb Rosenstock; Illustrated by Mary GrandPré (Alfred A. Knopf, February 11, 2014) - This picture book biography about Kandinsky is a must read in 2014. Rosenstock and GrandPré has a hit on their hands.


Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart (Peachtree Publishers, 2009) - This one is an older read but what a wonderful book.

So, what are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? - From Picture Books to YA - 11/4/13


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.

Here's what jumped out from the stack last week...


Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman; Illustrated by Skottie Young (HarperCollins, September 17, 2013) - I listened to this one and my review will be coming tomorrow.  Fans of Neil Gaiman will love this one.



Fossil by Bill Thomson (Two Lions, November 5, 2013) - If you are a fan of CHALK, Thomson is back with a great follow-up. 


Giving Thanks Edited by Katherine Paterson; Illustrated by (Chronicle Books, October 15, 2013) - Just in time for Thanksgiving, a collection of poems and sayings to express gratitude edited by Katherine Paterson.




Kids Meet the Bugs by Andra Serlin Abramson and Paula Kovacs Ross (Applesauce Press, February 12, 2013) - Where was this when I was teaching a bug unit?!  The photos in this one.


So, what are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 10/27/13


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.

My last two weeks were insane.  Some of you know that a good friend of mine had to have emergency heart surgery.  During the time that he was in the hospital, I stepped in to help care for his three children so his wife could spend much of her time at his bedside.  I am excited to say that he came home today.  The long road to recovery continues, but we are thrilled by his progress to date.  Unfortunately, much of my time for free reading disappeared.

Here is what I have been able to squeeze in. 


Here I Am story by Patti Kim; Illustrated by Sonia Sánchez (Picture Window Books, July 1, 2013) - A wordless picture book that looks at the immigrant experience.


Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Rascka (Schwartz & Wade,  October 8, 2013) - Rascka's follow-up to A Ball for Daisy is really fun.


The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig; Illustrated by Patricia Barton (Knopf Books for Young Readers, October 8, 2013) - A story of differences and friendship that will be a great discussion starter.


Train by Elisha Cooper (Orchard Books, September 24, 2013) - Fans of Cooper will enjoy her latest book about commuters on a train.


No More Independent Reading Without Support by Debbie Miller, Barbara Moss; Edited by Nell K Duke, Ellin Oliver Keene (Heinemann, 2013) - This has some great stuff in it and it isn't a long read.  I am eager to share this with my Literacy PLC.


The Next Step to Guided Reading: Focused Assessments and Targeted Lessons for Helping Every Student Become a Better Reader by Jan Richardson (Scholastic, 2009) - I was doing some refresher reading on Guided Reading.

What I am excited to read with my ears this week:


Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, September 17, 2013)


From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos (MacMillan, September 24, 2013)

So, what are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 10/07/13

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 dove into a pile of picture books.  A few older ones.  A couple of new releases.  And a stack of 2014 releases.

Here's what jumped out of the pile from this past week...


The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow, September 17, 2013) -I loved this early middle grade novel about a 2nd grader.  Can't wait to use it as a read aloud.


Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner (Clarion, October 1, 2013) - Not sure that we have another Caldecott winner but I really enjoyed this story about a cat, some very tiny aliens, and a mysterious language.


The Tortoise and the Hare by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown, October 1, 2013) - With very few words, and classic Pinkney illustrations, this version of The Tortoise and the Hare is marvelous.


A Very Witchy Spelling Bee by George Shannon; Illustrated by Mark Fearing (HMH Books for Young Readers, July 2013) - A wonderful spin on the classic spelling bee in time for Halloween.


Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins; Illustrated by James Proimos (Scholastic, September 1, 2013) - Collins has created an autobiographical picture book of the year that her father served in the military during the Vietnam War.


On My Way to Bed by Sarah Maizes (Walker Childrens, September 17, 2013) - Just one very fun story about the struggles to get a child to bed.

Some 2014 releases...


Shoe Dog by Megan McDonald (Atheneum, March 2014) - I don't know if this is McDonald's first picture book, but she is best known for the Judy Moody books.  Dog lovers will particularly enjoy this.


Weeds Find a Way by Cynthia Jenson-Elliott; Illustrated by Carolyn Fisher (Beach Lane Books, February 2014) - Informational text for young children about weeds.  Very interesting.


Nest by Jorey Hurley (Simon & Schuster, February 2014) - A very simple story told in single words per two-page spread. 


Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! by Candace Fleming; Illustrated by G. Brian Karas (Atheneum, March 2014) - A cranky old man and 3 mischievous bunnies and some fun at the beach.

So, what are you reading?