Monday, October 8, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? 10-8-18

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.

Last week I reviewed:

Douglas, You're a Genius! by Ged Adamson

I finished reading with my ears:

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
Particularly timely after this dumpster fire of a week if you're a woman

Picture books I loved last week:

Boats on the Bay by Jeanine Walker Harvey, illustrated by Grady McFerrin
The author of this book is from Sausalito and despite the fact that the illustrator is from Los Angeles, he definitely captured the warmth and the spirit of the Bay area of California in his illustrations. I don't think I've heard of this book getting any Caldecott buzz so if it's not, allow me to start buzzing this one in your ear.

The Day War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

“But war had followed me.
It was underneath my skin,
behind my eyes,
and in my dreams.
It had taken possession of my heart.” 

A heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful story about what it means to be a child refugee. An important empathy-building experience for young children and adults alike.

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
This is everything you expect a Jacqueline Woodson book to be and more.

Imagine! by Raul Colon
A young boy explores the Museum of Modern Art and soon finds himself so inspired that he takes some of the art subjects along with him on an adventure in the city. A beautiful and inspiring look at how inspiration follows us wherever we go.

First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, illustrated by Agata Nowicka
When you look at America through the lens of its immigrants, America IS great. None of this again BS.

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
A book that honors the idea of not protecting children about the injustices of the world, but instead, educating them and planting in them a sense of equality and justice.

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr
Powerful, spare text combined with equally powerful images make a beautiful primer on activism for children.

Currently Reading:

Odd One Out by Nic Stone
Cannot. Put. It. Down. 


  1. Imagine! looks like a beautiful book. The Day War Came is on my radar, but I haven't been able to get a copy of it yet. I hope to read it soon.

  2. Definitely adding Imagine and Not My Idea to my wishlist. And I'm looking forward to hearing your review on Odd One Out -- sounds wonderful, so imagine I'll be hunting this one down soon. Have a wonderful reading week, Beth!

  3. I have We Should All Be Feminists on hold, loved The Day War Came for its substance, though it is very sad. I'd like to read First Generation & it's on my list, hoping someday! Thanks for all the good books, Beth.

  4. So many great picture books this week, with great illustrations and powerful messages, thanks for the post. I will also look forward to seeing what you think of Rabbit and Robot.

  5. I CANNOT wait to read Nic's newest! I am so glad to hear that you can't put it down!
    The Day the War Came is one that I really want to read--I'll have to find it.

    Happy reading this week :)

  6. I like the look of Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights. :) I had my then-15 year old daughter read the Adichie Feminist book. :)

  7. I should probably read We Should All Be Feminists, but I find that I am definitely a second-wave feminist and I have some problems with the approach of the fourth wave. Still, I should read it to help with my bearings on current thought!