Monday, April 9, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? 4-9-18

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 posted:

Secondhand Heroes Blog Tour

I finished reading:

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
This historical novel in verse takes place in the early 1600s and is about a young Italian artist named Artemisia Gentileschi who lost her mother at a young age and whose father gave her two options: go off to the convent or stay home as his assistant, where she basically paints all of his commissions for him. But when Artemisia finds herself the victim of rape, she must make another tough choice: remain silent or speak out and risk everything. An incredibly timely book despite taking place over 400 years ago. 

Some picture books I read and enjoyed last week:

On Gull Beach by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Bob Marstall
This is the third book in a series, the first two books being On Bird Hill and On Duck Pond. This book is just as lovely as the first two.

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum
Fabulous text about the Curiosity Mars rover. I love that it’s narrated by the rover itself, which gives a unique voice and perspective to the story.

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima
Jessie Sima creates another brilliant, endearing story about the power of imagination. I especially love the fact that Harriet has two dads is incidental. It's just part of the story rather than the story itself, which is a beautiful commentary on the paradigm shift that has occurred in our culture.

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
A lovely book explaining to new humans what the world is. Would be a cute gift for new parents.

Currently 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. I liked Here We Are, a great beginning to present the earth's place for young readers. I imagine I'll enjoy Curiosity, too. I have Here We Are on my list, soon! Thanks, Beth.

  2. I'm adding Blood, Water, Paint to my "want to read" list -- sounds like something I would really enjoy! I hope you're enjoying We Are Okay. Nina LaCour has such a way with words, even with very sad stories. Have a great reading week!

  3. I’ve read a lot of positive things about We Are Okay. I need to get my hands on it and read it!

  4. I was in a library last week where the teacher had his grade eight students doing research on renaissance artists. I noticed there were no women on the list. He said there were none who were famous! I did a quick search and left an article that highlighted five important renaissance artists on the screen. Artimisia was one of them! I must get this book!

  5. Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover sounds interesting. I don't read much YA but We Are Okay sounds fascinating too. Thanks for the suggestions.

  6. My students are raving about Blood Water Paint! I am almost finished with We Are Okay, and I'm loving it. You and I tend to read the same books. :) I like your taste.

  7. I should find Harriet Gets Carried Away soonest! I received a review copy of On Gull Beach and hoping to get to it soonest.