Monday, March 25, 2019

It's Monday! What are you reading? 3-25-19

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.

Hi friends! It's been a minute. Walden committee reading has me consumed so I don't have time to post every week, but I'm here now and have tons of reading to share with you. 

I recently finished reading:

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas 
While I found The Hate U Give more compelling, I also found this book a fantastic follow-up to THUG. I’m actually looking more forward to this movie adaption than THUG because the music is going to be fire!

Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
In a time when boredom no longer exists because we constantly have devices to keep us busy, a book that reminds us of the power of imagination and the need for kids to be bored to develop their creativity is a welcome addition to the world of graphic novels.

Picture books I've read and loved:

Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks by Jacky Davis and Giselle Potter
A quiet story about 2 dogs who are unlikely friends, one is young and energetic, the other old and slow, yet they still manage to be good friends and stick together.

Another by Christian Robinson
I love that Christian Robinson’s illustrations have a childlike whimsy while also managing to be sophisticated at the same time. Those qualities are especially on display in this wordless picture book where his illustrations do all the heavy lifting and show us just what a brilliant storyteller he truly is.

What a Cold Needs by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Chris Sheban
I don’t know how, but Barbara Bottner and Chris Sheban found a way for me to wish I could be a sick kid again and spend all day reading, sleeping, and snuggling with pets and parents.

Because by Mo Willems
Music can change you. Your life can change the course of others’ lives for the better. This book is one is a palpable experience of the ways in which music can change you. I may have cried whilst reading.

Which One Doesn't Belong? Playing with Shapes by Christopher Danielson
You know how standardized tests project that there is only one answer on a multiple choice question even if more than one of the choices seem plausible? Yeah, well this book spits in the face of that and I love it.

Currently Reading:

Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future by Pete Buttigieg
The more I learn about this guy, the more I like him. Right now he is my top choice for the Democratic nominee for president.


  1. Another is on my tbr list. Both Olive and Pekoe and What a Cold Needs are new to me and sound great.

  2. I've been impressed by Pete Buttigieg, too, will be watching closely! I just got On The Come Up, will read it soon. And thanks for The Cardboard Kingdom, a new title to me!

  3. I'm adding both Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks and What a Cold Needs to my TBR list. I've often wondered if I'm strange for fondly remembering sick days. Even with my own children, I can appreciate the times when their bodies urge them to slow down and take time to heal. I hope to get my hands on these two very soon. Thanks for sharing, Beth!

  4. So many great looking books here. I've just started On the Come UP. I wanted to like Cardboard Kingdom more than I ended up liking it in the end.

  5. I need that Mo Willems book now! And I love wordless picture books, so I will be looking out for Another. Also I keep hearing about The Cardboard Kingdom; it sounds great.

  6. I really enjoyed Olive & Pekoe and What A Cold Needs, too. And I loved Because! I was inspired to find and play Schubert's Unfinished Symphony! I'll have to check out the other books on your list. Thanks for sharing and have a terrific week!

  7. I've found great pleasure in listening to who likes THUG and who liks OtCU more. It's kind of fun to guess which one folks will enjoy more.
    Also, I didn't know Another by Christian Robinson existed! Shame on me! I am so excited to read it!
    Also, any book that spits in the face of standardized testing is going to get on my Must Read list. <3

  8. The Mo Willems picturebook caught my eye - I do hope we get a copy soonest here in Singapore - and the new Angie Thomas novel looks like a powerful book, too! My teenage daughter enjoyed THUG but liked the movie more. :)