Monday, June 12, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? 6-12-17

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.

Last week I reviewed:

Marcel by Eda Akaltun

Other picture books that stood out in the pile last week:

The Liszts by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julia Sarda
I love the message of this book: Don't let your lists and plans consume you. Always make room for the unexpected. Although I have to say, as a classical music lover I am a tad bit disappointed this book had nothing to do with Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. :)

Renato and the Lion by Barbara DiLorenzo
Gorgeous watercolor illustrations that will transport you right to Florence and a story that will tug at your heartstrings. 

The Quest for Z: The True Story of the Explorer Percy Fawcett and the Lost City in the Amazon by Greg Pizzoli 
Greg Pizzoli is quickly becoming one of my favorite nonfiction picture book creators. His illustrations are accessible and intriguing for kids and his writing is both succinct and suspenseful. 

Grandma's Tiny House by Janay Brown-Wood, illustrated by Priscilla Burris
This is so much more than a counting book. It is a celebration -- of family, friends, food, and life's riches that you simply can't quantify. Grandma's house in this book might be tiny, but it is giant in love.  

Currently reading with my eyes:

Funny Girl edited by Betsy Bird 

Currently Reading with my ears:

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 


  1. I'm looking forward to reading The Quest for Z. I am reading an e-galley of The Explorer by Katherine Rundell and Percy Fawcett is mentioned in that book.

  2. I'm looking forward to reading The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon. It reminds me of the film by Werner Herzog, Aguirre, The Wrath of God. Have you seen it?

  3. Renato and the Lion holds a special place in my heart. I am glad you liked it, too! I really enjoyed reading that one.

  4. Maybe it's time to re-read The Handmaid's Tale? I loved it once! Thanks for the other books, too, Beth. I am only familiar with Funny Girl. Grandma's Tiny House looks fun.

  5. I love lists and have seen The Liszts around the store. But for some reason I didn't feel compelled to read it. Although, I have a feeling, I will actually like it.

  6. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Funny Girl!

    Happy Reading ~0)

  7. The Quest for Z looks fun. I am also eager to read Funny Girl. Grandma's Tiny House is one I will want to get my hands on too. Thanks!