Sunday, April 14, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/15/13

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!

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Last Week's Book Adventures:
Jen Says: At the beginning of the week, I finished Okay For Now on audio and then I listened to The Dreamer on audio and even started All American Girl by Meg Cabot. I did reread the graphic novel Gabby and Gator and had fun talking about it with Peanut. I love hearing what he infers from the artwork. For professional books, I read and so enjoyed Mentor Author, Mentor Texts by Ralph Fletcher and then I started reading Book Love by Penny Kittle. I love it! I'm excited to read more. I also made more headway with Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle and am really enjoying it!
Kellee Says: Like Jen, I am still reading Book Love by Penny Kittle. It is interesting how much slower I read professional books than other reading. I am cherishing Book Love as I read it and it is going quite slowly, but I am enjoying every single word. This week I listened to another David Sedaris book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, and I was so sad that I didn't like it as much as I wanted to. Maybe I didn't get some of the jokes... I am a much bigger fan of his memoirs. I finished Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy this week and was so happy to like it as much as the first one- cannot wait to share it with you at the end of this month. Finally, I read 4 picture books we'll be reviewing later for you: Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig-VanDerwater (a beautiful poetry picture book about nature), Tito Puente, Mambo King by Monica Brown (a biography of Tito Puente), Aesop's 1st Book of Childhood Adventures by Vincent Mastro (a very-early illustrated chapter book based off of Aesop's Fables), and World Rat Day: Poems about Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of by J. Patrick Lewis (is just as fabulous as it sounds). Overall a pretty fantastic week!

Reviewed Last Week:
  Your Teacher Photo 

  
Just click on any picture above to go read the review

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Jen Says: This week I'll continue listening to All American Girl by Meg Cabot. If I get through it, I have Will Grayson, Will Grayson to start. I'm still reading Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle and at the same time am going to start Hound Dog True and then make my way to From What I Remember... and I'm also reading Book Love. I also have a book called See Me After Class by Roxanna Elden which is advice for new teachers that I have wanted to read for some time now. I also have a bag of picture books from the library that I'm excited to dig into! Lots of good reads on deck! 

Kellee Says: Along with continuing Book Love, I am currently rereading Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson for my review this week. Last night I also started Small Damages by Beth Kephert and really love how she writes and am looking forward to finishing it. As for audio, I am going to continue my David Sedaris streak with listening to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

This Week's Reviews:
 Let's Make a Difference: We Can Help Orangutans Hilda and the Midnight Giant

    
Check back throughout the week to hear about these books. 

So, what are you reading this week? 
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