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.
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Last week I reviewed:
Rex Wrecks It by Ben Clanton
Maple and Willow Together by Lori Nichols
Last week I finished reading:
Celebrating Writers: From Possibilities to Publication by Ruth Ayers with Christi Overman
is a celebration no matter what stage of the writing process we're in.
Ruth Ayers illustrates this concept beautifully in this short (less than
100 pages) professional text.
Picture books that stood out in the pile:
This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne
delightfully interactive book about a girl who encounters a frustrating
curiosity: her dog disappears into the gutter of the book. I
love the idea of calling awareness to the gutter, making it a point of
discussion rather than something to ignore -- like the gutter is its own
character in the story. So fun and different.
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
laugh-out-loud funny story about a picture book protagonist who is
having a tantrum over the fact that the owner of this particular book
doesn't appear to take very good care of his belongings. It's sort of
the meta-picture-book version of "And this is why we can't have nice
The Flat Rabbit by Bardur Oskarsson
This one stood out for perhaps not the best of reasons. I
definitely see the dark humor here but I'm not
entirely sure I get it. I'm wondering if some of the problem is that the
humor was lost in translation or if it's a cultural difference that
maybe Americans don't quite understand.
Winger by Andrew Smith
I'm really enjoying this book but all of my grad school readings and assignments are preventing me from spending a lot of time pleasure reading, and if I do have time, I tend to gravitate towards short and sweet picture books.
Still reading with my ears:
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
I'm both enjoying this and not enjoying it at the same time. It's a book that no doubt has some interesting pieces to it, but I'm still scratching my head at why this was marketed as YA lit -- and won a Printz honor. Maybe it will become clearer to me by the end.
Last weeks' posts from my teaching blog:
5 things I loved about last week
Celebrating a little subversion -- okay maybe a lot of subversion
Pairing the old with the new
Also, check out my contribution to Kurt Stroh's blog post about blanket books.