Monday, November 12, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading? 11-12-12

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?

This is a very exciting week because on Thursday I leave for Las Vegas for the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) convention and ALAN workshop (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE). I am so excited to see old friends and meet new ones.

Last week I finished reading:
Jay-Z: Hip Hop Icon by Jessica Gunderson
Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey

Last week I finished listening:
Guys Read: The Sports Pages edited by Jon Scieszka

Currently reading:
Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers by Penny Kittle
I am savoring every word of this book. Every teacher needs to read this. Period. I had the pleasure of seeing Penny talk about the ideas presented in this book at the Michigan Reading Association conference back in March and by the end, her presentation had moved everyone to tears. This book is like an extension of that presentation and I am soaking in all of her wisdom. I have to restrain myself from highlighting every single word because it is just THAT good.

Currently listening:

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Last week I reviewed:

Eric by Shaun Tan

Current Giveaways:
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (ends 11/13)
My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald & Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot (ends 11/18)

You may have noticed my posts on the blog lately have been rather few and far between. We are currently in the throes of the school year and things aren't slowing down any time soon. I'm hoping by January I might be back in my groove, but who knows given that I'll be starting up my master's classes again by then.  At the moment I'm just finding the demands of this year to be incredibly trying and difficult to keep up with. Teaching is hard y'all. I will shut down anyone who tries to tell me any different.


  1. Have fun at NCTE and ALAN. I hope you come back with lots of useful ideas. My Monday Report is here at Inside of a Dog. Happy reading!

  2. Both the covers of the "Pet Glacier" and "Eric" made me curious for more. Thanks for sharing and have a great reading week. here are my reads:

  3. Giselle Potter is an absolute favorite. I have to find that book. Eric is also pretty special. Anything by Shaun Tan I adore unreservedly.