Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 9-22-14

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?

My Monday posts are generally just a highlight of what I've been reading during the week so if you'd like to see all that I've been reading, follow my Goodreads page.

In honor of Banned Books Week, I am currently giving away a copy of Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Last week was a very exciting week for me. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you might have noticed that I've been talking a lot about baby grand pianos lately. Well, there's a reason for that. I wrote about it on my teaching blog.

Last week I reviewed:

Madame Martine by Sarah S. Brannen
Be a Changemaker by Laurie Ann Thompson

I finished reading:

El Deafo by CeCe Bell 
I will be posting a review of this book soon. I absolutely loved it. I'm putting it next to Raina Telgemeier's Smile as one of my favorite graphic memoirs. 

I finished reading with my ears:

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Picture books I enjoyed last week:

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
Lovely story about a little boy who goes to visit, well, his Nana in the city, but is afraid of the hustle and bustle. He wonders why his grandma would choose to live in such a scary place... until she shows him there's nothing to be afraid of. 

Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

Currently reading with my ears:

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais


  1. Aw, Nana in the City sounds really cute. I think I need to get Julia's House for Lost Creatures for my kids! That looks great.

  2. I wonder if the new movie The Hundred Foot Journey is based on this book?

  3. I loved Nana in the City this week too. So glad you loved El Deafo! I agree--going straight onto my all-time favorite graphic novel list. Can't wait to have face-to-face students next semester to share it with in Children's Lit--I know it's going to be a favorite for many. I am WAY behind on blog reading right now and missed your post on your teaching blog--but will get caught up eventually and discover your baby grand piano news!

  4. Please let us know what you think of The Hundred Foot Journey - We loved the movie and hadn't heard of the book

  5. Glad you loved El Deafo--it is one of my favorite GNs! Just as good as Smile.
    So many people read Nana in the City and loved it--I have already requested it and look forward to reading it.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  6. Wooo, Listening to the 100 Foot Journey, brilliant idea, thank you... :) Happy reading this week...

  7. Absolutely loved Levithan's Boy Meets Boy.