Monday, August 12, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 8-12-13

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?

Some picture books I read and enjoyed last week: 

Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon
Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea

The Black Book of Colors by Menana Cottin, illustrated by Rosana Faria
Being Frank by Donna Earnhardt, illustrated by Andrea Castellani

Monsters Aren't Real by Kerstin Schoene
Some Monsters Are Different by David Milgrim

Last week I also finished reading:

Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon
Duke by Kirby Larson

Last week I reviewed:

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Journey by Aaron Becker

Every Day by David Levithan

Currently reading:

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Currently (still) listening:

I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High by Tony Danza 

Current giveaway:

Infinityglass by Myra McEntire

Other posts from last week:
Top ten books I wish had sequels
August 10 for 10: my favorite picture books to use with middle school students


  1. I looked up The Black Book of Colors-interesting concept & I'm so glad to know about it. Have ordered Journey from the library & looking forward to Duke. Thanks for so much, Beth!

  2. That unicorn book was adorable! I read and loved The Day the Crayons Quit. I have Rose Under Fire and really need to get busy with it. I could not get into Everyday, but I am certainly in the minority there. Have a great week!

  3. Won't middle school students find Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great hysterical? Can't wait to try Wein's next one, too!

  4. I loved Odd Duck. I am looking forward to Journey. I have seen a lot about it lately on Twitter and blogs. I have Monstrous Beauty on my TBR & Rose Under Fire is waiting for me. I am a little afraid of it after Code Name Verity. I hope it's not a crying book again. Thanks!

  5. I loved Every Day. It was such a great allegory, and my students love it. They recommend it again and again. :)

    I also have Rose Under Fire on my TBR list. I am really curious if it is as good as her first book, and I think my high expectations have led me to avoid reading it so far. Your post gave me the push, so I will read it within the next week or two. Perhaps, we can compare notes!

  6. Odd Duck is a terrific title. I can't wait to share it with students. Lots of lesson potential.

  7. Oh I so want to read Rose Under Fire! Can't wait. I really enjoyed the first Penguin book (& Pinecone) Hoping that the rest remain as good! What great picture books this week! You've been on a bit of a picture book roll!

  8. Journey arrived in my mailbox today, and I agree with your review 100%! Stunning! Can't wait to share this book with students & teachers. The rest of your picture book titles are new to me. My list grows ever longer! Thanks for the suggestions!