Monday, September 30, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 9-30-13

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?

Holy cow! I can't believe tomorrow is already October! When did that happen?

Last week was Banned Books Week. Here is a post sharing some of my reflections.

 Last week I finished reading:

Crank by Ellen Hopkins 

...And I finished listening to:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 

Some picture books I read and enjoyed:

Yeti, Turn Out the Light! by Greg Long
After a long hard day in the woods, Yeti is ready for bed. But sleep doesn't come easy for the Yeti when he starts seeing strange shadows in his bedroom. What could they possibly be? When I read books like this, that's when I wish I had a classroom to go to the next day and read it to my class. Kids will absolutely love this one.  

Rawr! by Todd H. Doodler
Rawr! is just how you say hello in dinosaur. :) 

Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Matt Phelan
Beautiful, rhythmical writing paired with soft, gentle illustrations. 

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III 
A great mentor text to use when looking at intros. A book many kids and teens would read and want to learn more.  

I reviewed:

Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles
Line 135 by Germano Zullo, illustrated by Albertine

Currently (still) reading:

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen
I'm really enjoying this book, but for some reason I keep putting it off in favor of reading other, more exciting books.

Currently (still) listening:

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen


  1. I am always on the lookout for a good bear book and I do like Matt Phelan's style. I read RAWR this past week. It's cute.

  2. Yeti, Turn Out The Light looks really cute! And Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking looks good, too. I like foodie memoirs.

  3. When the beat was born sounds like an amazing picture book! i'm a fan of laban carrick hill so i'm looking forward to finding this book. i wonder how the experience is different with an audiobook for ocean at the end of the lane. there's also an illustrated version by dave mckean.

  4. I just put that Yeti book on hold earlier today! A nearby town is having a Yeti-themed fun run. This non-runner is tempted to do it just for the t-shirt. :)

  5. I also have Crank on my to read pile. I have been meaning to read these books for a few years now. When the Beat Was Born looks like a great book!

  6. So much goodness in one post!
    Crank is a favorite among students and I, too, read the entire series and loved it.
    I have Ocean by Gaiman on audio on hold at my library; just waiting!!!
    And I love Carl Hiassen! I have Bad Monkey to read, but it'd be so much fun to listen to his books (however, it is hard for me listen to books right now as I am car pooling 2-4 nights a week...).
    Also, thank you for sharing some fun picture books!

    Happy reading this week! :)

  7. I have the whole Crank series and just have never felt in the right mindset. I really need to delve in. The Yeti title looks lovely. And I keep saying it but oh, do I need a copy of Living with Jackie Chan. Keep buying picture books for my class - need to splurge on a few titles for me!

  8. rawr was cute! and i liked there was a different fabric for the dinosaur on the cover!

  9. Wow! What a great reading week you had! I read Crank a while back and loved it. Sadly though, I haven't read anything else yet by Ellen Hopkins. I am going to have to look into When the Beat Was Born - I think so many of my students would love that!

  10. I just finished paper towns and now I'm reading matched. On a ya kick thanks to you. I read wonder too.