Monday, July 19, 2021

It's Monday! What are you reading? 7-19-21


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.

I've been playing around with TikTok more in recent days and am working to do some booktalks over there. Here is my booktalk of Our Subway Baby by Peter Mercurio, illustrated by Leo Espinosa

Picture book talk: OUR SUBWAY BABY by Peter Mercurio ##booktok ##picturebook ##kidlit ##booktalk ##schoollibrarian

♬ _Cute - Gabe Lost

Last week I read and enjoyed: 
Dr. Fauci: How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America's Doctor by Kate Messner, illustrated by Alexandra Bye
Excellent biography and the backmatter at the end is particularly great. It definitely helped that Kate Messner was able to interview Dr. Fauci, which provided necessary background and context for this book.

Making a Baby by Rachel Greener, illustrated by Clare Owen
An excellent and inclusive resource for parents when the inevitable “where do babies come from?” question arises.

Small Room Big Dreams: The Journey of Julian and Joaquin Castro by Monica Brown, illustrated by Mirelle Ortega
Excellent picture book biography on the Castro brothers. Highly recommend.

Currently (still) reading:
Instructions of Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Currently (still) reading with my ears: 

Denis Ever After by Tony Abbott


  1. I've added Making A Baby: An Inclusive Guide to How Every Family Begins to my list. It reminded me of doing research projects with grade two students. A small group were interested in how babies were made. Their class room teacher freaked out, but I encouraged them to go on. What they wanted to know was how the baby developed after conception. Their reports were adorable. I wish I had kept digital copies of them.

  2. What a great set of books! I am so glad that my library is finally offering Dr. Fauci through Libby—I will borrow a copy and read it soon! Making a Baby sounds like a super-helpful read for curious kids, and Small Room, Big Dreams sounds fascinating as well! Thanks so much for the great post!

  3. I have to read Dr. Fauci. How awesome that Kate Messner got to interview him!

  4. Thank you for sharing your TikTok - I really enjoyed your soothing voice and hearing more about this story. Looks like you had a great week and I need to return to Goodreads.

  5. I remember finding Denis Ever After a good read. Sounds like a great reading week!

  6. Thanks for including your TikTok! I've been wondering about all the different social media platforms and what's the best way to share reading these days... might have to think about that one some more!

  7. Wow! I never thought of using TikTok for a booktalk. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I didn't know you were on BookTok! I wish I loved videos, but I just do most of my time on social media while around others and if I started watching videos, it would definitely eat into my reading time.... BUt also not being on TikTok is giving me FOMO :-D