Monday, July 15, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 7-15-13

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

Last week was another busy travel week for me. My husband and I went to New York City with some of our friends from Germany. Our friends are currently in Niagara Falls and then they'll be coming to visit us in Michigan and then we'll be going to Chicago with them too, so we are always on the go this summer it seems.

Picture books I read and enjoyed last week:

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto, illustrated by Ed Martinez
When Maria thinks she dropped her mother's diamond ring in the masa while making tamales, there's only one thing for her and her cousins to do: eat them. This would be a fun read-aloud.

Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon I'm not gonna lie. I expected this book to be a train wreck. I should have known better coming from David Shannon, but you know, a book about head lice? How is that supposed to be entertaining? But somehow, Shannon makes this book both entertaining and informative. A good book to give to parents and kids who are self-conscious about head lice.

Red Hat by Lita Judge
When a few woodland creatures spot a red hat hanging up to dry, they can't resist taking it down and playing with it... only their good-natured mischief gets them into a pickle.

I ADORED this nearly wordless picture book. I especially love the bear's "Doot-do-doo" as he attempts to pretend like the didn't do anything wrong, along with the "tink-a-tink tink" of the knitting needles. A great book to gift to a child or a mommy-to-be. 

Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgiera, illustrated by Poly Bernatene
Adorable picture book about a pig that shows up in the frogs' pond and their confusion over his intentions.

 Last week I finished the ARC of:

Reality Boy by A.S. King
Wow. Just wow. Quite a commentary on reality TV and the consequences it has on families. A.S. King is a genius for coming up with this idea. Longer review to come.

I just finished this book on the plane back from NYC today:
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
A definite page-turner. Not a literary masterpiece or anything, but a fun, enjoyable read.

Currently reading:

Guinea Dog 2 by Patrick Jennings
I loved the first Guinea Dog so I'm enjoying this second installment.

Currently listening:

Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Last week I reviewed:

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett


  1. Love your picture books. Hope you had a nice trip.

  2. Wow--that A.S. King book looks amazing. The cover is so neat! Seeing this just makes me incredibly jealous. :)

  3. What a variety!

  4. I use Too Many Tamales as a read aloud and writing prompt generator. The majority of my students are Hispanic, so they can relate to the story...and they love hearing me pronounce the Spanish words haha.