Monday, March 29, 2021

It's Monday! What are you reading? 3-29-21


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.

My tenure on the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award committee is almost over and as much as I'm sad to see my time on this amazing committee end, I'm also looking forward to going back to reading whatever I want, whenver I want. 

Here are a few highlights from my most recent non-Walden reading.

I recently reviewed:
Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

I recently read and loved:
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
An important, little-known, and heartbreaking moment in our nation’s racist history that needs to be told and taught to our children. 

Wishes by Muron Thi Van, illustrated by Victo Ngai
A beautiful, important story about wishes, hope, and seeking refuge. Don’t miss the incredible author’s note at the end that tells of the author’s own experience as a refugee fleeing from Vietnam.

More Than Sunny by Shelley Johannes
The playful language of this book just oozes joy and coziness for each and every season (even the ones we don’t like). Some of my favorites:

Gray and goodbye-y
Winter and waity
Ready and sleddy

A Way With Wild Things by Larissa Theule, illustrated by Sara Palacios
Poppy prefers bugs to people and outdoor wild spaces to indoor crowded spaces. A lovely story to honor shy introverts.


  1. I've read Unspeakable, heartbreaking but I'm so glad it is written! Thanks for the others, all sound lovely.

  2. I've enjoyed everything of Matt de la Pena's that I've read so far, so I automatically added Milo Imagines the World to my list. I happy my library has a copy.
    Unspeakable is such a profound important book. It's one I encourage adults to read. Adults should just read more picture books in general.

  3. I read Milo Imagines the World during a presentation I gave for some teachers. We had a great conversation about it.

  4. I added Milo Imagines the World and Unspeakable to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing. Have a good reading week!

  5. I LOVED Milo...and I've used it quite a bit with middle schoolers already! I really want Unspeakable - I'm waiting for more funds to open up! LOL

  6. What a great set of books! Unspeakable sounds excellent, as do Wishes and Milo Imagines the World! More than Sunny and A Way With Wild Things look fun as well. Thanks for the great post!

  7. Unspeakable is such a powerful story. Impressive it's a picture book!

  8. More Than Sunny is on my TBR. I love the word pairs you shared!
    I have Wishes in my pile, sounds like I need to put it up a little higher!