Monday, November 10, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 11-10-14

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.

As I was writing this, I didn't even realize it was my birthday until I wrote the title and had to think about what today's date was. *Sigh* This is what getting older is like I suppose -- not finding birthdays all that big a deal anymore.

I finished reading with my ears:

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park 

Favorite picture books from last week:

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach, illustrated by David Small
Imagine going to the doctor and instead of getting a lollipop, you get a dinosaur. Or what if, free with a dozen donuts, the bakery gives away dinosaurs? This book has a delightfully absurd yet oh so fun premise.

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate
Thank you Katherine Applegate for giving readers not just The One and Only Ivan, but this beautiful nonfiction account of the real Ivan's life. A must-read for any classroom using The One and Only Ivan as a read aloud. 

Currently reading:
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
I'm only on chapter 3 but already I can tell this is going to be a powerful book. Look for this one in January 2015.  

Currently reading with my ears:

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Guys Read: True Stories edited by Jon Scieszka

Last week on my teaching blog:
Do You NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo: Seeing My Students in a New Light
Remember, Remember the 9th of November


  1. I love Kekla Magoon, so I'm looking forward to X. I'm also waiting for the picture book version of Ivan.

  2. Too funny about your birthday, Beth. Happy birthday! I still need to read Better Nate Than Ever. Or rather, finish reading it, because I set it down about page 75 and didn't get back to it. Other books intervened. I was mildly enjoying it but not as excited about it as other readers. Will be interested to know what you think.

  3. Happy Birthday :)
    I so loved Ivan, I've read it many times already!
    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog about Philip Stead's writing thoughts/process. That was so interesting to know and it certainly makes you read with a different lens. I'm really glad you shared that!
    Have a great week!

  4. My friend teaches A Long Walk to Water and loves it. I really want to read it! :)

  5. Happy Birthday, Beth! Ivan is great, I agree. I liked Better Nate Than Ever and A Long Walk To Water-both good in their very separate ways. Will look for X-sounds great as you said even with 3 chapters.

  6. I loved A Long Walk to Water, although I read it with eyes. I enjoyed Better Nate Than Ever, and the sequel even more I think. Nate is a great role model for those kids who need him, as well as being a character everyone will root for.

  7. Happy Birthday! I love When Dinosaurs Came with Everything! Would love to do a day of errands and have this happen! :-)