Sunday, September 2, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? 9-3-18

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.

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.

I recently reviewed:

How to Feed Your Parents by Ryan Miller, Illustrated by Hatem Aly
You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino

I finished reading:

Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker: Incognito by Shelley Johannes
Beatrice Zinker always has the best intentions but sometimes she doesn’t stop to think how her actions might be received by others. As her kind gestures get her into a wee bit of trouble, she must use her superhero ninja skills to get herself out of a few pickles. What I love about this series is that the conflicts seem silly to adults, but after hanging around second and third graders the past few years, Beatrice Zinker’s antics seem totally plausible.

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
Aaaaagh! Whyyyyy do YA series books these days have to always end in cliffhangers?

Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza
You don't know what you got till it's gone. I felt completely bereft while reading this. 

Picture books that stood out in the pile:

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
A Perfect read aloud for the first week of school 

The Rough Patch by Brian Lies
I had a hard time reading this through all the tears, but it's one of the most beautiful and palpable, but ultimately hopeful, books about grief I have ever read.

Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Lauren Castillo
A poetic memoir of Juan Felipe Herrera, born to humble farmworkers who eventually became the poet laureate of the United States.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
Beautiful story and illustrations that celebrates the Asian Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

Good Night, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
Mr. Panda is such a lovable curmudgeon.

Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl
I love that Kate Schatz is continuing with her Rad Women series this time focusing on young women, some not even teenagers, and how they've made a difference in their communities, their country, and the world. I especially love that the focus of this book, though not exclusively, is on young girls who are still living and making a difference.

Currently reading with my eyes and ears:

Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots by Margarita Engle
Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry


  1. So many great picture books to find. Thanks for these titles. I loved All Are Welcome. I haven't read the Obama book, but probably will get the new one coming this fall. I see Souza's posts on Instagram & yes, they make me sad. Thanks, Beth!

  2. I have to add The Rough Patch to my TBR list right this second. This is the first I've heard of it and your description really hit home with me (considering all our family has recently endured). Thank you so much for sharing, Beth, and have a wonderful reading week!

  3. Can't wait for Imagine and the new Beatrice Zinker.

  4. Pete Souza's pictures are fantastic. Can't wait to get this!

  5. Say You'll Remember Me looks like the type of book I would love. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

  6. "You don't know what you got till it's gone." Seriously. Although, we knew we loved him then, too. We just love him even more now.

    All Are Welcome is on my list, but I didn't get it in the mail. So I'll be looking for it in the library! I am also thrilled about the Mr. Panda book. I love that series!

  7. I really feel gratified seeing so many female-themed stories that are uplifting, encouraging, and empowering. I just placed All Are Welcome and Imagine on my Goodreads To Find stack.