It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - July 23, 2018

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.  Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and  Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kid lit focus. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kid lit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

Here's what jumped out of the pile these past couple of weeks....


Undocumented: A Worker's Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams ComicArts, August 7, 2018) - This one is coming out soon and this accordion style book is a must have. Books help students (and adults) become more aware of all kinds of issues and concerns and to build empathy and understanding. And given the attitude towards migrants and undocumented workers, Tonatiuh helps readers understand a little slice of worker's rights.


Perfect by Max Amato (Scholastic, January 2019) - Mark your calendar for January. I picked this one up at ALA Annual and had to share it. This will be a fabulous read aloud. 


Red by Jed Alexander (Cameron, May 1, 2018) - I love wordless picture books and I love twists on fairy tales. This one offers both. 


The Book Tree by Paul Czajak (Barefoot Books, September 30, 2018) - I picked this up at ALA Annual and I love when I find a book from a small press that I love. This one imagines a world without books and the spirit of storytelling and imagination that can't be squashed. 


The Very Last Castle by Travis Jonker; Illustrated by Mark Pett (Abrams Books for Young Readers, October 9, 2018) - I am so excited for Travis and his debut picture book coming this fall. It will be a great read aloud.


Ode to An Onion: Pablo Neruda and His Muse by Alexandria Giardino, Illustrations by Felicita Sala (Cameron Kids, September 11, 2018) - This was another find from ALA and I really enjoyed this story about Neruda and his friend, Matilde. 


Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake by Jeff Mack (Simon & Schuster, July 3, 2018) - I love this new early reader series and hope there will be lots more. 

Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable (First Second, April 2018) - A fun graphic novel for young readers. 


Cici's Journal: The Adventures of a Writer in Training by Joris Chamblain, Illustrations by Aurélie Neyret (First Second, November 2017) - A graphic novel in the spirit of Harriet the Spy


Front Desk by Kelly Yang (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, May 29, 2018) - I finally read this one and loved it. This book will be good for discussing immigration, poverty, racism, and empathy.

Professional Reading...


Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension by Sara K. Ahmed (Heinemann, March 2018) - Recently, I was at the Scholastic Reading Summit at Universal City and got to hear Sara present. I am excited to begin this one. 

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