Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 4-14-14

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?

I had another fantastic reading week last week, punctuated by a very special trip to Ohio where I met A Snicker of Magic author Natalie Lloyd and was able to give her some of my very own homemade Blackberry Sunrise ice cream.

Last week I reviewed:

Visiting Langston by Willie Perdomo, illustrated by Bryan Collier

I also finished reading:

The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

I finished reading with my ears:

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of the sequel, Chasing Before, so I figured now would be a good time to get back up to speed before I read book two.

Picture books I read last week that I really enjoyed:

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Can you believe I've never read this book before? What's wrong with me? ;) I found a hardcover copy at my library's used bookstore and decided it was time to read it.

Matilda's Cat by Emily Gravett 
Emily Gravett is becoming one of my favorite picture book author/illustrators. Her work is so witty and fun. While I hugely favor dogs over cats, this book made me smile as Matilda's cat reminded me a great deal of my skittish pug Guenter. :)

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
So wonderfully musical. I love the syncopated rhymes in this book. It would be a fantastic book to do a dramatic reading replete with percussion instruments. A must-share with students.

Currently Reading:

The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown

Currently reading with my ears:

Enders by Lissa Price 


  1. Make Way for Ducklings is one of the most brillant children's books ever written. Simply beautiful in all its simplicity.

  2. I saw some of your tweets about meeting Natalie Lloyd! So very jealous! Wish I could have been there!

  3. Make Way For Ducklings - one of my very favorite books from my childhood! Matilda's Cat looks like fun - I enjoy Gravett's humor! Hearing lots of great things about A Snicker of Magic - can't wait to read it! How wonderful you met the author! Thank you!

  4. Libby, my oldest daughter, loved The Awakening when she had to read it for AP English in HS. She's been wanting me to read it. Must get to it! The Battle of Darcy Lane looks good, and The Doodle Revolution looks really intriguing! It sure looked like you had fun meeting Natalie Lloyd. Jealous, but happy for you! :-)

  5. Must get my hands on Matilda's Cat--I love Emily Gravett, and we are most definitely a cat household (though we have a dog too--who is greatly outnumbered by cats). I find Make Way for Ducklings kind of boring, but my kids really love it--enough to ask me to read it again to them periodically. Funny how certain books resonate with some readers and not others.

  6. I too adore everything Langston so I will have to look for Visiting Langston. Tap Tap Boom Boom looks so fun. Thanks for the titles.

  7. I love Emily Gravett as well - she really spans from quite creative picture books for older readers and these really cute titles for little ones. I read about Tap Tap Boom Boom on Margie's blog and want to read it!

  8. G Brian Karas is a favourite as well as Emily Gravett - glad to hear about these new titles! More books to hunt for when I visit the library this weekend. Your blackberry sunrise ice cream sounds scrumptious.