Sunday, November 25, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/26/12

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: It's amazing how we spent last week surrounded by books at NCTE and ALAN and yet I barely read a word. I did take time to go through Anita Silvey's Children's Book-A-Day Almanac. It was fun to hold it as a real book after reading so much of it on her blog. I did read Brain Camp which Faith Erin Hicks illustrated. It was creepy but fun. I also finished Audition and Subtraction which we'll be reviewing on Tuesday! I'm looking forward to a much more normal week and to getting back to reading!

Kellee Says: I was hoping that the flight home would mean extra reading time, but I guess I was completely exhausted from NCTE and ALAN because I was asleep before the plane even took off. Since I've gotten home, though, I have had some time to read, but I have been trying to spend some time with my husband and his family as well. Since I've been home, I've read a couple of novels and a stack of picture books. 
     The two novels I read were both really good- For What It's Worth by Janet Tashjian, a wonderful historical fiction novel that deals with 70s rock and roll and the Vietnam war, and All These Lives, a tough novel about dealing with a sister with cancer. And I really enjoyed all of the picture books I read:
     -Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds, the finale in his creativology series
     -Silent Star by Bill Wise, a biography of a MLB deaf star
     -Penny and he Song by Kevin Henkes, another star from Kevin Henkes
     -Alex the Parrot by Stephanie Spinner, a non-fiction PB about Alex a tremendously intelligent parrot

     -John, Paul, George and Ben by Lane Smith, a tall tale about our founding fathers
     -Abe Lincoln's Dream by Lane Smith, a look at Lincoln's legacy

     -Oh No! by Candace Fleming, a book I cannot wait to read aloud to young kids
     -Dog in Charge by K.L. Going, a fun, unique look at friendship
     -Oh No! by Mac Barnett, the PB I am definitely using as a sci-fi example next year
     -Oh No! Not Again! by Mac Barnett
     -The Secret Life of Walter Kitty by Barbara Jean Hicks, your cat may not be what s/he seems!
          *Last four illustrated by Dan Santat
     -When Bob Met Woody by Gary Golio, a bio of a young Bob Dylan and his journey to meet his hero
     -Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems, funny retelling of Golilocks
     -Big Wig by Kathleen Krull, a history of hair

Just click on any picture above to go read the review

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Jen Says: This week I will finish What Came From the Stars because I still didn't get to it. I have Splendors and Glooms and Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes to listen to on audio. We have a pile of picture books from the library to get to as well. I brought home Endangered in my suitcase from NCTE because I really really want to read it so hopefully I'll find time for that, too!

Kellee Says: I know I am going to read Lulu Walks the Dog by Judith Viorst and Linnea in Monet's Garden by Christina Bjork, but past that I am not sure. With going back to school after a week off and missing the last three days before break (and missing 4/5 days of the first week of December) I know I will have a lot of school work to do so I am not sure how much reading I will get done... We'll see! 

This Week's Reviews:
   Audition & Subtraction
 Star Challengers Moonbase Crisis Jump Cut Close to the Heel
Check back throughout the week to hear about these books. 

So, what are you reading this week? 
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