Sunday, March 11, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/12/12

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 
It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!
After doing the meme for a couple of weeks, we realized this would be a fun meme to start up with a kidlit focus - anyone reading and reviewing books in children's literature - it can be picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, you name it in the world of kidlit and it's in! We have loved being a part of this meme and we hope you do too!  We encourage everyone participating to go and visit the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and to comment on as many posts as you can. We love talking books and believe in sharing and discussing what we're reading. We hope you join us!

Last Week's Book Adventures:
Jen Says: I finished The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy. I love how he developed all the characters - and there were lots of characters. They were all really unique and I found myself thinking about which actors would play the characters if it was a movie. Very fun! I also listened to Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I didn't expect to listen to it, but I didn't have Between Shades of Gray when I was ready to listen to it so I started Before I Fall. After seeing Groundhog Day (the movie) and reading 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass, I was disappointed to find out it was one of those books where the character gets to relive the same day again and again until she gets it "right" but it was actually really good. I think a teen would really enjoy it and the ending really made me think. I did start Between Shades of Gray and will keep listening to it this week. I also finished reading Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. I was excited to read a novel in verse because it seems like it's been a while since I have.

During our state testing, I took some time to read Mentor Texts by Dorman and Capelli. I got some really great ideas for looking super closely at mentor texts. I have a student who is deaf and needs to strengthen his understanding of how words work in a sentence - like where parts of speech go in a sentence - and I'm going to use one of their activities with Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand. Most of the sentences are simple noun + verb structure but he uses some great words. We're going to first think of words to describe the illustrations and then read the story and see what words the author uses. I'm excited!

Picture books I loved this week was Up High and Long by Ethan Long and Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith. 

Kellee Says: I had a less eventful reading week then I wanted, but it was overall good reading. I have had a pretty busy week at school and at home, so bedtime has meant sleeping instead of reading and then this weekend was my wedding anniversary! :)   

I did finish The One and Only Ivan as well as 2 Babymouse graphic novels: A Very Babymouse Christmas and Camp Babymouse.  Babymouse is so much fun! The more I read the more I like her. I also read the first 3 books of The Elsewhere Chronicles graphic novel series.  I didn't love them as much as I wanted to, but they were pretty interesting and the art was beautiful.  Lastly, I read a Jane Goodall biography by Denise Rinaldo.  Everything I read about her is fascinating and this was no different and the early reader biography would be a great introduction to the genre.  As for audio, I gave up on Bloody Jack because my library only had a playaway and I began listening to the 3rd book in Kenneth Oppel's Matt Cruse series, Starclimber.  

Reviewed Last Week:
Just click on any picture above to go read the review
Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Jen Says:  I'll keep listening to Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys which I'm thinking will take me most of the week. I grabbed Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood because it was sitting on my countertop staring at me so I'll finish that this week. I also have The Humming Room by Ellen Potter that I will finally start, too. You know what else I have to read??? Curveball the newest book by Jordan Sonnenblick. I so love him and am excited to read another book by him!

Kellee Says: Tonight I am going to start Our Only May Amelia and will most likely read the sequel as well. I also have a pile of picture books and graphic novels from the library to read and my pile of novels in waiting that I'll share anything that I truly enjoy.  My busy time at school will continue through the beginning of this week, but I hope to fit more reading in this week mostly before I go to the Future Problem Solvers state competition March 18-21 where I will be chaperoning a group of kids all day and will probably not have much time to read.  However, the best news is that the week after that is Spring Break! 

This Week's Reviews:
Check back throughout the week to hear about these books. 

So, what are you reading this week? 
Please link up below and don't forget to check out other blogs to see what they are reading!


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