Monday, July 29, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 7-29-13

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 I finished reading:
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan, illustrated by Maria Kalman
The Year of Shadows by Claire LeGrand

Picture books I read last week:

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy, illustrated by Joe Morse
I didn't love the writing or illustrations in this book, but I loved the IDEA of this book, in that, it will be a high-interest nonfiction topic for a lot of students

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by vladimir Radunsky
I absolutely loved the whimsical nature yet neutral tones of the pictures in this book. I'm going to be so bold as to say this could be a Caldecott contender. 

Chick 'n' Pug Meet the Dude by Jennifer Sattler
Uptight Chick and laid back Pug in another adventure: this time to apprehend a squeaky toy thief. Anyone who knows me knows I can't resist a book with a pug on the cover. 

I am Blop! by Herve Tullet
I didn't quite "get" this book, but at the same time, it felt like it was trying to get across the idea that art begins simply and can become more complex through simple shapes. I'm curious to see and hear how kids respond to this book because as an adult I was a bit puzzled.

Currently reading:

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Currently (still) listening:

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Doll Bones by Holly Black

Last week I reviewed:

Tea Rex by Molly Idle
Chick-O-Saurus Rex by Lenore and Daniel Jennewein

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier by Ree Drummond

Current giveaway:

2 copies of Little Bee by Chris Cleave (ends 8/4)


  1. On a Beam of Light is one I definitely want to get! Thanks for your brief reviews- I really like that format!

  2. The basketball and Einstein picture books look especially good - perhaps for mentor text read alouds?

  3. Finally just ordered Doll Bones so that I could read it. I've heard so many good things about it.

  4. I totally agree with you about On a Beam of Light. I'm putting it on my classroom Mock Caldecott list! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I am so excited for Infinityglass! I wish I had time to reread Time Piece, but my TBR pile might actually bury me soon if I don't keep working on it. How are you liking Doll Bones? It wasn't what I expected, but I liked it nonetheless. Have a great week!


  6. I'm looking forward to reading On a Beam of Light and Doll Bones. Sorry to hear you didn't love Hoop Genius, but I can think of quite a 4th & 5th grade readers who'll be excited to read it. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh be bold, be very bold! On a Beam of Light is just amazing. I can't stop raving about it! Ar eyou enjoying Doll Bones? Happy listening!

  8. Doll Bones is my soon to read so I can take part in the virtual book clubs that are coming up.
    All of the picture books that you listed look great- and I have not read any of them!

    Happy reading this week :)

  9. Adding On a Beam of Light to my TBR list. Love all the wonderful picture book biographies I've been enjoying lately. Had an interesting chat on Goodreads about the best ways to promote them to classroom teachers.

  10. I agree with you on Hoop Genius - but I also love that the author is from MN. :)
    Would love to hear what you think of the audio version of Doll Bones.