Monday, July 11, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? 7-11-16

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.

It's nErDcamp day!!!! I'm looking forward to hanging out and learning from so many of my Nerdy Book Club friends and making some new ones too. 

Last week's blog tour posts:

Interview with Matt Weiss, author of Please Be Nice to Sharks
Guest post: Lana Wayne Koehler, author of Ah-Choo!

Last week I reviewed:

Girl Last Seen  by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown

Picture books that stood out in the pile: 

Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Jon J. Muth
The illustrations by Jon J. Muth are absolutely lovely, but the star of this picture book is the lyrical and sensory text as Tess wills the hot, stagnant air of summer to bring on the rain. 

Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Not so much a story as a celebration of the rhythm, groove, and improvisational style of jazz music. Something that young children can certainly relate to even though we tend to not think of jazz as a very accessible genre of music for children. As I was reading this book, I could imagine it being read with a drummer quietly tapping on some high hat cymbals and an upright bass player accompanying the words a walking bass line. 

Currently reading: 

Nine, Ten by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Still reading with my ears: (because it's TWENTY-NINE CDs long!)

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow 


  1. Come On, Rain is such a beautiful book. I read it to my students on a rainy morning and we all imagined ourselves outside on a city street doing a rain dance. Have a great time at nErDcamp!

  2. I loved Come On, Rain, though we've had quite enough rain here for the last week! I'm looking forward to reading Nine, Ten as well.

  3. Come On, Rain is so lovely. Nine, Ten is a book I should read, but I keep thinking it will be too sad. I think I'll eventually get it.

  4. Will look for Jazz Baby, and am looking forward to Nine, Ten. Have fun at nErDcamp!

  5. Have fun at NerdCampMI. Come see my reading week here. Happy reading!

  6. I've been impressed by how many jazzy books there are and the majority of them manage to be so good!

  7. I have Nine, Ten on order...cannot wait to read this one!

  8. We're reviewing those same books this week!
    I am so looking forward to Nine, Ten. It is going to be intense and beautiful.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  9. Happy NerdCamp! Wish I were there! I've got Nine, Ten on my TBR stack for this week.

  10. I enjoyed Please Be Nice to Sharks and Ah-Choo this week, too. We must just have great minds that think alike. ;)

    Hope you have a great week, Beth!

  11. Can't wait to read Nine, Ten - I am waiting for our library to get it in. I just read Ah -Choo as well. Very sweet and entertaining!