Monday, August 30, 2021

It's Monday! What are you reading? 8-30-21


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.

Last week was the start of the school year and I began year 15 back in the library:

Tomorrow starts year 15 of teachcing and I’m back in my happy place ##schollibrary ##schoollibrarian ##booktok ##kidlit

♬ I Love Your Smile - Shanice

I also got some amazing books that arrived on my front porch:


Book mail from Prestel ##booktok ##kidlit ##booktalk ##picturebooks

♬ Blackbird - Acoustic Guitar Revival


Today’s bookmail ##booktok ##bookmail ##bookmailisthebestmail ##schoollibrarian

♬ Wii Shop Channel - McTweet

And this was by far the best bookmail that arrived last week:

I got an amazing shipment from @penguinrandomhouse today – a brand new picture book from Amanda Gorman

♬ Send Me on My Way - Guy Meets Girl

Amanda Gorman writes a moving testament to inclusivity and embracing change. This beautiful story begins with one young girl playing her song with just a guitar, and as the story progresses, many different faces, voices, and instruments join her as a reminder that our diversity is what makes us great.

Currently (still) reading: 

Currently (still) reading with my ears:
Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi

One last thing: I posted this last week, but it deserves another mention... if you are a teacher or librarian and have created an Amazon wishlilst for your classroom that is filled with books, I would encourage you to see if your local independent bookstore (if you have one) has a wishlist feature on their website and create one with them. While I am an Amazon affiliate, I also recognize the importance of supporting independent bookstores and so I created a wishlist on my local indie's website, Nicola's Books. Nicola's has been a fixture in my community and has hosted many wonderful author events over the years. Not to mention they are a five minute drive from my house, so I can get the books I need in less time than it would take for Amazon Prime to deliver it to my house. 

Anyway, that's just a thought. I know not everyone has a local independent bookstore in their community.  


  1. What awesome book mail you’ve received! Looks like it was a great reading week. Love your library! I miss mine, as I’m now retired (earlier than I expected) due to health issues. I wish I had an indie bookstore in my community. Sadly the ones we have had are now closed.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful week, Beth. I have the new Amanda Gorman book on my list! Best wishes for another great week!

  3. I really enjoyed seeing your bookmail TikToks, Beth! The start of the new school year is always exciting. Thanks for all the title shares!

  4. What a wonderful set of books! I didn't know Amanda Gorman had a picture book now—but you reminded me that I STILL haven't watched her reading at the inauguration! I'm going to try and go do that once I finish commenting.

    Also, I did just have a sad realization after reading your indie bookstore comment—I always wondered why no one ever opened an indie bookstore near where I live, and then after reading Amy's comment above, it occurred to me that there probably was one once, but it couldn't stay in business. Sigh.

    Sorry to end on a sad note—thank you so much for the great post!