Monday, October 9, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? 10-9-17

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:

A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale by Penny Parker Klostermann, illustrated by Ben Mantle

My favorite picture books from last week:

Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex
Full review coming soon! Spoiler alert: LOVED IT!

All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Mike Curato
A book that celebrates family, community, and the ingenuity of the Cuban people.say

Santa Rex by Molly Idle 
Despite Rex's and his dino friends' destructive nature, Christmas just wouldn't be the same without being able to celebrate with them. 

Currently (still) reading with my eyes:

Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough 

I've been reading this one for a while. It's really dense, but it's super interesting and it's not nearly as difficult to get through as the Ron Chernow book. 

Currently reading with my ears:

Alex and Eliza:A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz
Because Hamilton.


  1. I saw this Santa Rex in your Goodreads feed. I just adore Molly Idle's work. All the Way to Havana looks wonderful.

  2. I'm on hold for Santa Rex, can't wait for more Molly Idle!
    I really loved the illustrations in Havana. The story didn't grip me as much, I think I need to go back and reread it. I did add it to my potential Caldecott list, though.

  3. All the Way to Havana looks like a must read! Can't wait.
    And I knew you'd love Orange by Rex--he can't do any wrong in your eyes :-P

    Happy reading this week!

  4. I enjoyed All The Way to Havana & as you read, A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale. Nothing rhymes with Orange looks fun. Thanks, Beth!

  5. You have a great lineup here, as always. I really want to read Engle's book. I need to put in a special request at my library. :) I hope you are doing well, Beth!

  6. All the Way to Havana Is finally on order at my library! Now I need to find and read Santa Rex. This is the second or third review of A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale, so I'll be keeping my eyes open for that one too.

  7. I asked our librarians to purchase All The Way To Havana (we still don't have it), and really looking forward to going back to Margarita's lyrical prose.