Monday, September 23, 2019

It's Monday! What are you reading? 9-23-19

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.

Hey everyone. It's been a while. I am on Instagram more these days than I am my blog so feel free to follow me @BethShaum (especially if you also love pugs, which I also post a lot of pictures of). 

Here's what I've finished reading recently:

This Book of Mine by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small
A tender book that considers what it means to love a book. The spare text says so much in so few words and David Small’s nuanced illustrations pick up where the text leaves off.

A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy, illustrated by Kayla Harren
A girl that celebrates and questions what it means to be masculine, challenging those toxic tropes we’ve created in our culture.

Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh, illustrated by Scott Campbell

A picture book that reminds us to love and respect the safe place we keep our brains. Love the humorous, whimsical, yet only slightly morbid illustration style.

It's Your World Now! by Barry Falls
With what has been written and discussed about Dr. Seuss in recent years, many educators are shying away from using and recommending his books. If you're looking for an inspirational book for a rite of passage (most notably graduation) that's an alternative to Dr. Seuss's Oh the Places You'll Go, this book would be a good choice.

The Green Giant by Katie Cottle
Sort of a version of Jack and the Beanstalk if Jack were a young girl living in modern times and the giant were friendly and green.

Billie Jean! How Tennis Star Billie Jean King Changed Women's Sports by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
She was warned.
She was given an explanation.
Nevertheless, she persisted.

Just Because by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
A young girl asks a lot of life’s big questions right before bed and her father gets creative with this responses. This book is sure to be a children’s classic.

Currently reading:

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys


  1. I have This Book of Mine & Just Because, am waiting for The Fountains of Silence from the library, know it will be good! I enjoyed A Boy Like You so much, and have noted the others, Beth. FYI, you can enter your link on Jen's post!

  2. I've been reading about many of these books today. The Fountains of Silence is one I most excited about reading. I even have a hold on it at my library.

  3. So many great books. The Fountains of Silence is amazing.

  4. I hope to get The Fountains of Silence fairly soon. Lots of great picture books there!

  5. I have a number of these on my list, Beth, and I'm definitely adding It's Your World Now! This is a new to me title, so I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!