Sunday, July 29, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 07/30/12

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!

Before we begin this week, We wanted to share with you the importance of today. 
Exactly 1 year ago, I (Kellee) was lucky enough to become part of Teach Mentor Texts!!! Jen and I met on Twitter approximately 18 months ago (because we both love Baby-sitter's Club!). Then we met FTF about 14 months ago and we had the idea of me joining and within 6 weeks, I was being introduced. Since then it has all been up hill. I have loved every minute of collaboration with my fabulous blog partner and today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite posts over the last year: 
Jen's challenge: Picture Book Mini Reviews (12, & 3)
Last Week's Book Adventures:
Jen Says: Honestly, I think every week this summer has been a busy week! We were in Nashville for a few days but I got some reading down on the drive down and a little bit at night. I was able to finish Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again. It's really fun and I'm excited to share more about it in my review tomorrow! I'm going to be reading Girl Parts this week to review on Saturday. I also finished Jeff Anderson's 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know. It was great. I also finished the third Penderwicks book. I loved it! A little bit different from the other two, but still so great. I love the writing. 

Kellee Says: I had a phenomenal time visiting my parents in Chattanooga and though I find that vacations are some of the hardest time to read, I think I did pretty well. I finished From What I Remember on the car ride and I adored the book. I now see why Jen loved it and I am now on the bandwagon. I was able to finish  Insurgent (Divergent #2) and I was not disappointed. I know that the 2nd book of trilogies are always very full of info but I feel that it is a great set up for the finale. The other novel I read was Liar and Spy, Rebecca Stead's newest novel, and I cannot wait to review it with Jen in a couple of weeks. 
     I've been trying to bulk up on nonfiction in preparation for CCSS, so this week I read three biography picture books: Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney (which I will definitely review because I loved it!), A Wizard from the Start: The Incredible Boyhood and Amazing Inventions of Thomas Edison & Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein by Don Brown. 
     Lastly, I read some wonderful illustrated and graphic novels: Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight, Franny K. Stein: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton, Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian & Fangbone! The Egg of Misery by Michael Rex, Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! & Mal and Chad: Food Fight! by Stephen McCranie and finally Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm. I truly enjoyed all of them though I loved the Mal & Chad books, Frankie Pickle and Middle School

Reviewed Last Week:
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers  
Just click on any picture above to go read the review

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Jen Says: I have a professional book on coaching to read this week because this year I will be working with the Teacher Mentor Program at my district. I'm also going to start Real Revision. I know I have Rapture by Lauren Kate to listen to on audio - it's the last in the series! But I'm not sure if I have something else to listen to. It'll be a whim of a reading week!

Kellee Says: I started Bitterblue and I cannot wait to curl up with it and get-a-reading. I also hope to read Capture the Flag by Kate Messner, Athena's Son by Jeryl Schoenbeck as well as a couple of Rick Riordan books (Kane #3 & Olympians #2).  Finally, I have a bunch of nonfiction books I hope to read. I cannot wait for this week (Only 2 more weeks before I go back to school!!!!!!!!). 

This Week's Reviews:
   Power Play    
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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