Monday, November 5, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? 11-5-18

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 finished reading:

The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project by Lenore Appelhans
A fantastic piece of metafiction that will be a perfect addition to any middle or high school English teacher's library. There is so much to discuss with kids about writing, writers, and the conventions of literature.

Picture books that stood out in the pile:

Ode to an Onion: Pablo Neruda and His Muse by Alexandria Giardino, illustrated by Felicta Sala
Beautiful language and illustrations. It’s not as flashy or well known as many other picture books this year, but there’s something incredibly special about this story about the famous poet Pablo Neruda.

The Book Tree by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh
A lovely book about the power of ideas and planting seeds

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
A no-brainer Caldecott contender

Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, illustrated by Frank Morrison
I’m not a science-y person but I love me some Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian by Jacob Sager Weinstein, illustrated by Vera Brosgol
This book is genius. Criminals are always foiled by the secret librarian who knows how to find just the right book for everyone to distract them.

The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros, illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte
What a perfect book to talk to children about the confusion and heartbreak of watching a relative suffer from Alzheimer's.

Currently reading:

Rabbit and Robot by Andrew Smith

Currently reading with my ears:

Puddin' by Julie Murphy


  1. Looks like you had a great reading week! Fall weather always helps!

  2. I think Puddin' is the book that Dolly Partin is making/ has made a movie adaptation from? (with new, original music) Putting this on my list as I've heard good things about the book. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. How is Rabbit & Robot? Love the cover! My library just got it in but I haven't checked it out yet. I need every single picture book you share here! I'm most excited about the Neruda one and the one about Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I did read Lyric McKerrigan and thought it was very charming. Dreamers is sitting on my shelf unread. Must remedy that this week!

  4. Manic Pixie Dream Boy sounds interesting. I loved Dreamers, still need to read some of the picture books you shared. Thanks, Beth

  5. How have I not ready any of these picture books?!?! I have some catching up to do!!

  6. I'm really excited about Dreamers and Starstruck. Thank you for sharing you list for the week, Beth!

  7. I am looking forward to Dreamers but have to wait for my library to bring it in. At least I will get one of the copies before anyone else does.
    I am slightly excited about Rabbits and Robots since it sounds about as weird as Grasshopper Jungle, my favourite Andrew Smith title to date.

  8. I am also waiting for a library to bring in Dreamers so I can check it out. Thanks for posting about Lyric McKerrigan, that looks pretty funny. I am also excited about Rabbits and Robots. Thanks for the post!

  9. Oh, all these books are in my radar, but sadly most are unavailable as yet in our libraries. I had our library purchase a copy of Dreamers though which I absolutely enjoyed.