Monday, September 20, 2021

It's Monday! What are you reading? 9-20-21

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 recently read and loved:
When I See Red by Britta Teckentrup
A book that reflects on the importance of embracing anger as a healthy emotion when it is worked through in healthy ways. I love that the message of this book is that no longer should women and girls show only pleasant emotions, but that anger is helpful and can even make you powerful.

Dear Librarian by Lydia M. Sigwarth, illustrated Romina Galotta
The story this book is based on was featured on NPR's This American life. If you love libraries and librarians, this book will make you tear up.

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long
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.

A Song of Frutas by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sara Palacios
A young girl helps her grandfather sell fruit when she visits him in Cuba. Don't miss the author's note at the end which gives great background on what inspired the author to write the book in Spanglish from the travel restrictions that families must endure as a result of our strained relationship with Cuba.

Sharice's Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman by Sharice Davids & Nancy L. Mays, illustrated by Joshua Mangeshing Pawis-Steckley
A wonderful and engaging picture book biography of one of the first Native American women to be elected to Congress.

Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall
When a young boy pesters his parents for a cat, they finally give in, but are disappointed that the cat they bring home and name Max is a “negative cat.” So the family considers sending him back to the shelter, until the young boy discovers something special and redeeming about Max…

Currently reading:

When We Make It by Elizabet Velasquez

Currently reading with my ears:

When You Ask Me Where I'm Going by Jasmin Kaur


  1. I loved Dear Librarian & will certainly look for Negative Cat. I had a dear cat named Max! Thanks for those titles you are now reading, too. They sound good!

  2. My oh my, so many great reads on your list this week! I've been looking forward to Change Sings. And I'm adding Dear Librarian and When I See Red to my list, this week. Thanks for the shares, Beth!

  3. So many great books! When I See Red looks like such a great picture book—it's great to see books talking about good ways to handle emotions. Dear Librarian is one I keep seeing too, and Negative Cat looks so sweet! Thanks so much for the great post!

  4. Looks like you had a fantastic reading week. I enjoyed If I Tell You the Truth by Jasmine Kaur, so I went to see if my library had a copy of When You Ask Me Where I'm Going and hurrah they did - they even have it as an audiobook.

  5. I think I put Negative Cat on hold at the library. Looking forward to it!