Thanks to Jen at Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers for hosting the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA”. Head to the It’s Monday post here to link up or see a list of the all the other readers participating in this great meme. You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #IMWAYR!
This week’s post is the quick and dirty addition; consider it the highlight addition of my reading this last week . . . as I prep for an upcoming vacation and perhaps even sneak a read in outside during the blissful weather in Seattle the past few days. On the to-do list before we leave, of course, is a trip to the library. A fun plus of our trip, is we are vacationing with author friend, Sue Fliess, and her family, so surely there will be some kid lit talk. Rumor has it that I’ll get to take a sneak peek at her new book which is illustrated by Bob Staake, Robots, Robots Everywhere! It will be released August 6th. Lucky me!
My Book-A-Day Progress:
Read to date: 29
Head to my 2013 Book-A-Day shelf to see all the titles I’ve read so far this summer!
Click the book covers to go to Goodreads . . .
My three favorite picture books, all of which are delightful:
Finished these early/beginning chapter books . . .
This graphic novel . . .
Terrific graphic novel featuring the great female scientists who are/have studied about primates. Recommend for grades 5-8. (2013/First Second Books)
Read these middle grade novels . . .
A highly enjoyable follow-up to WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU O.J. Erica Perl balances well the good and challenging elements of family. Full of laughable and heartfelt moments. Great for grades 4-7. (2013/Knopf)
My reading highlight for the week: I sure hope this title gets more attention. I adored it for the narrative honesty that I think middle school readers will get and appreciate. Julian did something bad, and his punishment is he needs to write about IT. Told through journal style writings to his teacher, we eventually learn about the event, but not until we hear about many other tales of Julian and his buddies of the late 1960s-era Brooklyn. This one will have you laughing but also thinking about how we act in groups in bullying/pranking/”just kidding” situations. While it does have its somber moments, its coming-of-age events are also highly entertaining and don’t make it seem deeply preachy. A terrific book to share and discuss. For grades 6-9. (2013/Random House)
And then . . . I’ll be choosing from:
Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!