Monday, August 6, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading? 8-6-12

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

Gah! How did it get to be August already? This summer is flying by way too fast!

Next week I probably won't be posting since my husband and I are leaving for Florida on Saturday. We are driving. From Michigan to Key West. In a Mustang.

Some of you think this is probably very cool. I, however, wish we taking the practical route and driving an SUV or minivan. That would be much more comfortable. Oh, but who needs comfort when you can look cool? This should be interesting. I don't know how I'm going to fit all my books in the backseat of a Mustang.

Nice segue-way right? ;)

Anyway, these are the books I read last week that I enjoyed:

When the Fly Flew In by Lisa Westberg Peters, illustrated by Brad Sneed
I loved the sensory language. This could be a great mentor text for adding detail to writing.

Chloe, Instead by Micah Peters
Molly wanted a little sister just like her... she got Chloe instead.

A surprisingly sweet story of two sisters and the dichotomy of the love/hate relationship siblings often have for each other. Micah Player was able to get this push and pull in so few words and pages.

When Blue Met Egg by Lindsay Ward
It took me a while to "get" this book but for that reason I think it would be great to use with older kids when talking about making inferences. The longer time passes after reading it, the more I like it.

Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Williams and Khadra Mohammed, illustrated by Dough Chayka
This is the story of two Afghan girls who each discover one sandal in the same pair and decide to share them. The text and illustrations are incredibly simple, yet moving. This would be a great supplemental text to use in a social studies class to give a voice to the dry, lifeless textbooks that are so ubiquitous in American social studies classrooms.

What I'm currently reading/listening to:
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

Books I reviewed last week:

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
I LOVED both of these books so much!


  1. Oh, Pushing the Limits looks very popular right now. :) I hope it's good.

  2. Thank for sharing your reads - I have an ever growing "want to read list" Have a great trip!

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  4. Chloe, Instead looks so cute!I have a crazy little cousin named Chloe. Four Feet, Two Sandals looks like it would be a good addition to the library I work in.

    Have a great week!! I have done that road trip too, but in a Jeep. We paced the drive pretty well, but we made the mistake of driving from St. Augustine to Key West in one day. :(

  5. Have a great trip! I loved Pushing the Limits and hope you do too. My Monday Report is here. Happy reading!

  6. Welllllllll, A Mustang is a pretty cool car...What year?

    Hope you have some comfort in the drive - lots of breaks? need to show off the car, cruise around rest stops... lol, sorry. Have fun, hope you have a safe trip.

    My Monday Reading

  7. I need to get on Insignia...I've seen tons of positive comments about it.
    Happy reading! And have a great vacation!

  8. When the Fly Flew in may have the coolest cover ever. :)

    Happy reading this week!!!
    Check out what I'm reading and enter for a giveaway!

  9. I'm not sure how it got to be half way through August... the summer slipped away this year.

    Enjoy your reads this week.

  10. I love the cover of Chloe. Will have to check it out.
    And I need to bump The Running Dream up on the TBR list. I've heard it's fabulous. READ ALL THE BOOKS!!! :]

  11. I've wanted to read Running Dream for a while. I am so happy to hear that it is wonderful.
    Your picture books this week looked fun and were quite a variety.
    Have a safe trip this week and see you soon!

    Happy reading this week! :)

  12. Ah, Level 2! I've wanted to read it since I heard about it. I just skimmed over your review, since I'm trying not to spoil it for myself.