Thanks to Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts for hosting the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA”. Check out Jen and Kellee’s site to join in, or see what other’s are reading through their posted links.
This was a quieter reading week for me as we just rolled off a double birthday week at our house. You can imagine the delights from our eight year-old, Small, when a very thoughtful friend gave her a Babymouse poster, mug, and t-shirt for her birthday! Yay!
Book-A-Day Challenge: 72 books
Read to date: 38 books
Days into the challenge: 28 days
Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
A stack of 1953 and 1954 Caldecott medal and honor books. I’ll talk more about them later in the week in my Caldecott Update.
Middle Grade Novel
I enjoyed this one a lot. Upper grade school and middle school kids will be drawn to its theme of justice and loyal friends. Like the first Origami Yoda book, it’s filled with fun doodles in addition to the text. (2011/Harry N. Abrams)
Young Adult Novel
This was my first John Green, and I can see his widespread appeal. Yes, it’s a book about teens with cancer, which at times make it heartbreakingly sad. Green’s writing is smart and witty though, and I didn’t expect to laugh and smile as much as I did. I know that for many readers Augustus was too good to be true, but I was okay with that. Fiction is a great place for us to dream about white knights in shining armor. Be sure to keep your tissue box nearby . . . (2012/Dutton Books)
Ongoing Reading Adventures:
I continue to enjoy this biography. Interesting to hear about the people, places, and experiences that shaped White. Recommended by Twitter friend, and fellow reader Linda B.
Middle Grade Novel
After finishing The Fault in Our Stars, I went to the library bag and needed to choose between this and One for the Murphys. Both have been well liked by Twitter friends, but I knew that One for the Murphys was an emotional read. Needing a break after John Green’s book, Eye of the Storm won out, and I’m enjoying the few chapters that I’ve had a chance to read so far. I’ll get to One for the Murphys soon, though!
Next in line . . .
1933 Newbery. Avoided this one successfully last week. . .
What are you reading? Have a great reading week!