Monday, April 23, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? 4-23-18

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.

Last week I read:

For Every One by Jason Reynolds
A gorgeous, inspiring poem for dreamers. I read this to my 8th graders in about 20 minutes. Read it out loud or have your students listen to the audiobook (narrated by Jason). It's way better read aloud than silently to yourself.

Picture books that stood out in the pile last week:

It's a Puppy's Life by Seth Casteel
Having a bad day? Need to be cheered up? Look no further than a book of nothing but adorable puppies.

Anna and Johanna by Geraldine Elschner, illustrated by Florence Koenig
A compelling fictionalized story based on Vermeer's paintings The Milkmaid and The Lacemaker. The blue tones and hues in all of the illustrations are both beautiful and serene.

Albie Newton by Josh Funk, illustrated by Ester Garay
Nobody is better at rhyming picture books than Josh Funk.

How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk, illustrated by Sara Palacios
A fun introduction to the concept of coding for kids

Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
A lovely book that gives a nudge to readers about the need to move gently into uncomfortable conversations rather than avoid them completely.

Still reading:

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Still reading with my ears:

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


  1. Hi Beth, lots of these are on my shelf waiting for me to read them. I liked the puppy book and am looking forward to the Josh Funk books.

  2. I've been looking forward to reading Can I Touch Your Hair? It sounds like such an important read (for all ages). I really hope you're enjoying We Are Okay. I remember feeling so sad when I read it, but the language was incredibly beautiful. Have a wonderful reading week!

  3. I am looking forward to For Everyone, know it will be great, Beth. I love Can I Touch Your Hair? and am glad you liked it, too. Thanks for sharing Anna and Johanna, too, sounds interesting.

  4. I've got Albie to read, looking forward to reading more Josh Funk!
    I've been hoping my library would get For Everyone. May break down and buy it!
    And yes, you need to read The Poet X - it was amazing!

  5. I've definitely getting the audio of For Everyone, and I plan on listening to it with my students before the end of the year.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  6. I am definitely looking forward to For Every One, although I still have to read Long Way Down. I am excited that my library has Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship on order and I am on the list to get it.

  7. I will have to recommend For Every One to our libraries! :) Sounds like a book I MUST read now.

  8. You and I are always on the same wavelength. For Every One is on my nightstand, I am halfway through We Are Okay, and I read It's a Puppy Life to be cheered up this week. I love the way you think, lady. ;)