Monday, March 14, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? 3-14-16

It's Monday! What are you reading? Is a wonderful community of readers, teachers, and librarians. Hosted by Jen over at Teach Mentor Texts along with Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers, participants share their reading adventures from the past week along with their reading plans for the week ahead.

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.

Family photo on moving day
This past week has been crazy busy. On Saturday, we moved into our new house and so I have been frantically packing up our old house and equally frantically trying to make our new house not look like an episode of hoarders as we attempt to figure out where all of our stuff goes. Even though the size of our new house is comparable to the old house, we have lost quite a bit of storage space, so it's going to take some adjusting to figure out where everything goes.

Despite my busy week last week, I did manage to apply for a library card in my new city of residence and amass a rather large stack of books to read. :)

Some of my favorite picture books that I read last week were:

Fresh Delicious: Poems from the Farmers' Market by Irene Latham, illustrated by Mique Moriuchi
Loved the wonderfully vivid and sensory poems in this book. I'll be writing a longer review soon.

The Tiger Who Would Be King by James Thurber, illustrated by JooHee Yoon
A classic tale that is a little too prophetic of today's modern political discourse. 

Glow: Animals with Their Own Night Lights by W.H. Beck
I think I have a new favorite word: bioluminescence 

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
This is a picture book version of No Crystal Stair and is the story of Lewis Micheaux, Harlem's most famous bookseller. 

I Carry Your Heart with Me by e.e. cummings, illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough
I've always loved this e.e. cummings poem, and I love it even more now with Mati McDonough's illustrations. This would be a beautiful baby shower gift for a new mom.

Last week I reviewed:

The Night Gardener by the Fan Brothers
Normal Norman by Tara Lazar, illustrated by S. Britt

Current giveaway:

Good Morning Yoga and Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates, illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder

Currently (still) reading with my eyes and ears:
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith 
Paperweight by Meg Haston 


  1. Congratulations on your new house! I love how getting a library card was one of the first things you did. It reminds me of the time I talked a library into issuing me a card even though I was only going to be in town for the summer (summer job during college). I've been hearing such good things about Fresh Delicious. It's on my desperately want to read list.

  2. Love the family picture on moving day! Good luck getting settled and finding a place for everything. The book Glow really caught my eye. I love the cover design and I know I would be fascinated with that content. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love that you already got a library card!
    I have Glow, I really need to read it!
    Good luck unpacking :)

  4. The Tiger Who Would Be King is a such a powerful story. But wow, talk about a downer. :(

  5. I've been wanting to read Glow! The cover is so neat! I asked for I Carry Your Heart with Me for Henry for the holidays. I love that poem, and owning that book seemed necessary. I think they did a really nice job.

  6. Congratulations on the new house! I’ve loved seeing updates on FB :-)
    I have Book Itch to read, and I am so looking forward to it!

    Happy reading this week!

  7. Yay for getting into your new house. :) I am impressed you've already been visiting the library there. I just ordered Fresh Delicious. Night Gardener is beautiful. A good one to go with Grandpa Green and/or The Curious Garden.