Monday, April 2, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? 4-2-18

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.

It's been a few weeks since I've done an It's Monday post. Here's what I've read and loved recently. 

Notes from a Public Typewriter edited by Michael Gustofson and Oliver Uberti
This book reminds me so much of what Brene Brown says in the book Daring Greatly that stories are just data with a soul. Upon opening Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mike Gustofson, began an experiment. He put out a typewriter with a sheet of blank paper in the basement of the bookstore waited to see what would happen. 

What happened has been the story of this bookstore. The story is that it is made of stories. Not just inside the books. But in the people who make up this wonderful, thriving community. The stories will make you laugh, cry, and sigh with contentment. And maybe even come visit Ann Arbor and add a story of your own.

YA Lit
Running Full Tilt by Michael Currinder
Mirror, Mirror by Cara Delevinge 
The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

Middle Grade

Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King

Picture Books:

Sleep Train by Jonathan London, illustrated by Lauren Eldridge
Counting train cars lulls a young boy to sleep at twilight. A book that is bound to make droopy lids of even the most resistant of sleepers.

Miguel and the Grand Harmony by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Ana Ramirez
Matt de la Pena is a master at writing picture books where every sentence is a work of art. This book is no different. As someone who studied piano for many years and feels music in my bones, having music personified as the narrator in this story is absolutely brilliant. My only criticism of the book is, having never seen the movie Coco, why does music upset Mama Coco? That's never explained in this book.

You're My Little Cuddle Bug by Nicola Edwards, illustrated by Natalie Marshall
Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal, illustrated by Holly Hatam

A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui
The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and the Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Claire A. Nivola

Currently reading:

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Currently reading with my ears:

We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter by Celeste Headlee


  1. Loved Running Full Tilt and have a student waiting to read it when we get back from spring break. Also loved the setting of Me and Marvin Gardens, although could have done without the caustic poo!

  2. We Need to Talk sounds like a useful book. I still have not read Me and Marvin Gardens, but I've heard it's amazing.

  3. Notes from a Public Typewriter sounds so good, & something my little used book store should have! Miguel and the grand Harmony is a new one to me, will look for it. Yes, Matt de la Pena writes beautifully! Thanks, Beth!

  4. I have Dear Girl on my TBR list. It looks so good! I see that Me and Marvin Gardens is available locally, so I will have to look into that one very soon. I also want to look into Running Full Tilt. I see it got a starred review from Booklist and it looks like it might be enjoyable. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. I saw your review of The Arsonist on Goodreads, it sounds good!
    I own Blood Water Paint. I've heard such amazing things. Just need to get to it!

  6. You read some of my favourite picture books this week: Dear Girl and A Different Pond.
    I read your review of The Arsonist and added it to my want to read list. My library has a copy and I'm trying to decide if I can squeeze in time to read it. I have a hold on Me and Marvin Gardens that should be coming in soon.

  7. Mama Coco doesn't like music because her husband left the family in order to be a famous musician. He chose music over family. I could provide more details, but it would spoil other parts of the movie. :) I am also planning to read Blood Water Paint this week!

  8. I really like the look of Miguel and the Grand Harmony and The Secret Kingdom. We haven't even watched Coco yet. Huhuhu.

  9. I loved Dear Girl and A Different Pond. I recently purchased Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Textbook To Read on an upcoming vacation. I love just about everything she ever wrote!