Monday, March 1, 2021

It's Monday! What are you reading? 3-1-21


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 y'all. I'm still here. Walden Award reading has taken up so much of my free reading time that I don't have as much time to blog as I used to. This will be my final year on the Walden committee though (after a wonderful five year tenure) so hopefully that means I'll be able to do more blogging in the future. 

Here's what I've read and loved recently -- that I can talk about ;)
The Whole Hole Story by Vivian McInerny, illustrated by Ken Lamung
A fantastical, whimsical circle story that puts me in mind of the fun absurdity of Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately, the Milk.

The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez, illustrated by Lauren Semmer
This book is excellent and definitely a must-share with students. I love that this book is full of Black Joy and is not just about The Struggle.

You Don't Want a Dragon by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo
It's hard to make sequels even better and funnier than the original, but Ame Dyckman and Liz Climo have managed to do just that (the original is You Don't Want a Unicorn).

Art is Life: The Life of Artist Keith Haring by Tami Lewis Brown, illustrated by Keith Negley
There are very few things that can make me immediately be transported to the 90s (other than music), but the art of Keith Haring is one of those things. I love that there has been a spate of picture book biographies of him lately. It's so sad that he only lived to 31 because he was such a wonderful talent with such a beautiful heart. 

The Blue House by Phoebe Wahl
An emotional, affecting story about a father and son who rent an old, blue house that they absolutely love despite its flaws and eventually have to leave due to their gentrifying neighborhood.

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho
A beautiful and affirming story about family, identity, and pride in your heritage.

Currently Reading:

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron


  1. I have to look into The Highly Sensitive Person. Sounds like it could be intersting.

  2. I just shared another about Keith Haring. Our Museum of Contemporary Art has an exhibit of one of his walls that just opened! What a wonder of a life & impact in those 31 years! I have your others noted, Beth, except for The Blue House & Eyes That Kiss in the Corners. Thanks, & Happy March!

  3. My library only has one Keith Haring and it's not a picture book. Aids took so many brilliant people from us.

  4. I didn't know you were on the Walden Award committee—that's awesome! Though I definitely understand how reviewing/awarding/talking about books takes time away from actually reading them! Eyes That Kiss in the Corners and The Blue House both look great, as does The Whole Hole Story—I loved Fortunately, the Milk, so I'm sure I'd enjoy that as well! The Highly Sensitive Person sounds up my alley as well. Thanks for the great post!

  5. We loved Eyes That Kiss in the Corners. However, I missed that Ame Dychman published You Don't Want a Dragon. I simply MUST get my hands on this one for my daughter!! Thanks for the shares and my apologies for being so late this week.