10.15.12: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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 see what others are reading through their posted links. You can also find posts from folks using the hashtag #IMWAYR on Twitter.

Reading continues to occur, but at a sloth-like rate at our house. I didn’t finish any novels this week, though I made great progress at the expense of sleep on my adult thriller. The reading I do find time for has been enjoyable and comforting–hooray for trusted, reliable authors and good recommendations!

Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.

Picture books:

In a word, lovely.  And very deserving of its Caldecott Honor in 1998. Everything I love about picture books is captured here. I love a picture book with a quiet tone that just makes your heart swell by the end. The illustrations help to tell the story that is also shared through the letters of young Lydia Grace as she prepares for and ultimately arrives at her Uncle’s bakery to live and help him during the Great Depression. Lydia Grace aims to bring a bit of joy to her world, and she succeeds with patience and love. David Small’s illustrations have warm sepia tone which are a nod to days gone by, but often an element or two are highlighted and set apart which draws your eye to them. Stewart and Small are a magical team. (1997)


This one is great fun to read, and Pete’s message of just “roll with it” is great to hear. Sing along to your own tune, or find the free download of it. (2010)


I love the hapless Tacky and was happy to see this one perched on top of one of the stacks in the library. Like in the other Tacky books, Tacky does a camping trip in his own style, and ultimately even uses his chaotic approach to things to save the day. (2009)

This week’s Reading Adventures:

Finish . . .

Read several chapters of this with Small . . . 

Continue this Newbery . . . 

Next up . . .

From Seattle author, Kim Baker. She describes Pickle in her interview at Watch. Connect. Read. with Mr. Schu as “The Fight Club meets Frindle“. She had me at the opening lines. What kid is not going to go crazy to hear more after this?

Can I trust you? I mean, to tell you this story I need to know that you can keep a couple of secrets. I’m already in a whole lot of trouble, and it’s not just me. But I want to tell you everything that happened. Everything.

Do share what you are reading. Have a great week!


13 comments on “10.15.12: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. megan says:

    I LOVE Tana French! Did you enjoy Broken Harbor? My nephews really like Pete the Cat too.

  2. Lorna says:

    @Megan–I’m almost done with Broken Harbor and I’m enjoying it a lot. It is so Tana French, but the animal in the attic thing is really freaking me out . . .

  3. Oh, I love the teaser for the beginning of Pickle! It does sound irresistible. How did I miss The Gardener? I will have to find that one, it looks like a must read. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ms. O says:

    Must add Pickle to my TBR list. Broken Harbor is already on it. I am curious about the “animal in the attic” thing. Eek!

  5. The Gardener is one of my all-time favorite books–right up there with Mrs. Rumphius. Thanks for reminding me of it.

  6. Lorna says:

    @Melanie–yes, it is terrific and right up there with Miss Rumphius for me, too!

  7. Lorna says:

    @Ms. O: Yes, this Tana French has some hair raising on your arms moments . . . but it’s REALLY good. I’m so excited to start Pickle, though I think I will need to wrestle my 3rd grader for it. We both thought the intro was too fun!

  8. Love The Gardener-what a gorgeous book and story! And I’ve read Pete The Cat too-such fun. Thanks for another rec about Pickle. I’ll have to find it to read, along with The Benedict Society too. Thanks, Lorna.

  9. Stewart and Small are one of my favorite author-illustrator combos (did you know they’re married? I didn’t until a couple months ago :P) The Library, and The Friend are two of my other favorites. Looking forward to reading The Quiet Place this week!

  10. carriegelson says:

    I haven’t seen this Tacky book. I will have to get it. Tacky is very popular in my room. Glad you so enjoyed The Gardener. You can’t go wrong with Stewart/Small.

  11. How are you liking The Mysterious Benedict Society? I’ve been eyeing that one for a while now! The Gardener looks great — thanks for the recommendation!

  12. Lorna says:

    Yes, I did recently hear that Stewart and Small are married. The Steads are another great example of excellent collaboration. I imagine the immediacy of feedback helps make for awesome text-illustration connection. It’s crazy to think many writers and illustrators never even are in the same room together.

  13. Earl says:

    The Mysterious Benedict Society series is a favorite handsell title at our store. I like to describe it as a much more sophisticated Encyclopedia Brown. I definitely need to read more of the Stewart/Small books. We have their latest “The Quiet Place” on display.

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