Monday, December 14, 2020

It's Monday! What are you reading? 12-14-2020

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 read and loved:
The Barnabus Project by The Fan Brothers
The Barnabus Project puts me in mind of the work of Shaun Tan, but with more accessibility for younger readers. While Tan's work is beloved and critically acclaimed, it can be quite ambiguous and avant garde for readers to grasp who don't yet think abstractly, so this book could be a good reading ladder to Tan's work.

I Am the Storm by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple, illustrated by Kristen & Kevin Howdeshell
Gorgeous, powerful text with equally moving illustrations

My Hair is Magic by M.L. Marroquin, illustrated by Tonya Engel
An absolutely stunning book that affirms for young Black girls that they are perfect just the way they are, the way their hair grows naturally

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, illustrated by Bryan Collier
There are some books you just have to read to understand the power and profundity of words. After a few pages, I had a hard time reading through all my tears. I’m so glad this book exists.

Currently reading:

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

Currently reading with my ears:

Root Magic by Eden Royce 


  1. The Barnabus Project has a very interesting cover! My Hair is Magic! sounds great.

  2. These books sound great, especially The Barnabus Project and My Hair is Magic! Thanks for the great post!

  3. What a fabulous reading week you had Beth. My want to read list has just grown significantly longer. I'm looking forward to reading The Barnabus Project, but I'm really excited about In the Wild Light. I'll be looking forward to reading what you think of it.

  4. I loved In the Storm. The illustrations were so bold compared to the text, while minimal, each word was important. I did not love The Barnabus Project, which surprised me since I usually love everything of the Fan Brothers.