Monday, March 18, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 3-18-13

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?

Last week I read and enjoyed:

Babymouse: Burns Rubber, Dragonslayer, Cupcake Tycoon, and Mad Scientist by Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm
I think Babymouse just keeps getting better and better. I'm loving her more now than I did when I first started the series. 

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
This would be a great text to use with kids to talk about mood. Both Logue and Zagarenki are extremely successful at setting the perfect mood to lull wide awake children to sleep.

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Most of us know the story of the Little Rock Nine, but what we don't often know is that the year after these nine brave students enrolled at Little Rock Central High School, the school board closed down the high schools for an entire year to prevent further integration. Levine uses historical events to tell the story of Marlee, a young white girl from a privileged middle class family who sees the injustices that are happening in her town and across America  and wants to do something about it. Especially when she befriends a girl at her school that will soon cause a great deal of controversy and even danger for both girls.

Currently reading:

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
I had to read this book after Donalyn Miller talked about it at NCTE, saying that the Nerdy Book Club was her tribe. Plus, I think this is really going to help me with my project on teacher retention for the class I'm taking.

Currently listening:

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
I'm not entirely sold on this one yet. I may end up abandoning it. It's just not speaking to me.

Last week I reviewed:

Bomb: The Race to Build - And Steal - The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
The Tucci Cookbook by Stanley Tucci

Current giveaway:
ARC of Hide and Seek by Kate Messner (ends 3/22)

Also posted last week:
"I forgot that I might see so many beautiful things"
Habemus Papam
A WONDER-ful breakthrough
Cover Reveal: Demon Derby by Carrie Harris


  1. Great choices! My favorite Babymouse is Burns Rubber due to all the Star Wars references :)

    I adored Hold Me Closer - but that urban fantasy style is really my thing. :)

    I forgot to do that video for your class. Can you email the group and let us know if there is still time?

  2. I totally agree with your review of Bomb--it is so worthy of all those shiny stickers! Did you listen to The Lions of Little Rock? If so, curious about what you thought of the narrator.

  3. I looooove Babymouse! My daughter is only 5 and can't "read," but she loves looking at the pictures and making up her stories :)
    I really want to read The Lions of Little Rock. I think I'm going to start a Goodreads shelf of Things I Must Read This Summer!

  4. I did borrow quite a few Babymouse books from the library a few weeks back and my eleven year old daughter just breezed through all of them. Didn't get a chance to read them though, but my daughter enjoyed it greatly. Getting more and more intrigued by Bomb. :)

  5. Ahh, Lions of Little Rock. Such a fantastic novel. Starting after Spring Break we start this book with our student book club. I am looking forward to discussing all of the historical elements with the students but also curious about what they will have to say about the brave act of friendship in the story. I also appreciated that it touched on a character that was for the most part selectively mute. I find it rare to see this in a character and having taught students with this anxiety disorder, I am very curious about it. I always love seeing what you are listening to!