Monday, May 7, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading? (2)

Originally hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, Jen and Kellee over at Teach Mentor Texts host a kidlit version of It's Monday! What are You Reading?

I have lots of bookish things to talk about from this past week.

First of all, I amassed quite a few new books from the Scholastic warehouse sale.
Strangely enough, I managed to leave only spending $55 but that was mainly because I'd look at a book and couldn't remember if I already had it or not - that's how many books I currently have in my classroom library! This got a conversation started on Twitter about how many of us teachers will be spending the summer adding our classroom libraries to The Booksource's FREE classroom organizer. This is epic people. If you haven't seen this before, hold onto your seats. This organizer basically allows teachers to do what libraries do: electronically keep track of books in and books out, but this lets us do it for FREE! Teachers like free.

In addition to the Scholastic sale I also, like I do every week, visited my library's used bookstore. Instead of a yearly book sale, my library has a bookstore that is open a few hours 6 days a week. Every Tuesday is a member's only day where you can come in and get first pick of the "new" stock. They generally have a nice collection of kid's books, so I often leave with a bag full of books, having spent anywhere from $1-15. This was my haul from this week:

Books I am currently listening to:
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

What I'm currently (still) reading:
Paris in Love by Eloisa James

Books I finished last week:

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino

Nasty Bugs by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Will Terry
Squish: The Power of the Parasite by Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (audiobook)
Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris

Audiobooks I reviewed:
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Picture book I reviewed:
The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Adam Rex


  1. Wow, there are so many good books in this post! I just finished reading The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things and enjoyed it quite a bit. Virginia is a great character and the themes were heavier than I initially thought they would be. I loved the audiobook for The Watsons go to Birmingham and am intrigued by those for Au Revoir Crazy European Chick and Chomp.

  2. The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 is one of the few books I have loved as an audio version. There is just something about the voice that book that is something remarkably special!

    And whoa, you got quite a haul from the Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale. I need to check out the Booksource Classroom Organizer. Looks interesting. :)

  3. Wow...what a book haul you've had! I think I'm going to try listening to books,too....Watsons is such a wonderful book, it would be awesome to listen to it, especially if the author is reading it!

  4. Awesome collection. I love the sounds of your library bookstore, what a fun place!

  5. What a great haul!!! I love adding new books to my library for my students. So much fun. I think my Scholastic sale is still going on this week, will have to check hours! I saw Angela Johnson's The First Part Last in your book pile. I love that book. So great. You have some other good books, too!!!

  6. Waaaaaahhh! I missed the warehouse sale near me! *sobs*
    It looks like you got some great titles :)

    I've had The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things on my list for a while. I need to read it soon!

    (My wordpress login isn't working...grr.