Monday, October 18, 2021

It's Monday! What are you reading? 10-18-21

t'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.

Hi friends! Over on TikTok, I am having fun making book and dog-related content. Sometimes at the same time:


“I see you have tacos (and dragons). I too, enjoy tacos.” –Hazel Grace ##StudentSectionSauce ##tacos ##fyp ##foryoupage ##booktok ##frenchiesoftiktok

♬ Taco Dragon Tango - Puppy Songs

Last week I had the honor of participating in the blog your for Anne Ursu's new book The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

I also recently read and enjoyed:
Survivor Tree by Marcie Colleen, illustrated by Aaron Becker
Recently there have been quite a few picture books to come out about the 9/11 Survivor Tree, so it takes a lot to make each one stand out. With this book, what stands out is when the single turn of a page makes you gasp and leave you speechless, you know you've experienced something special.

Let Me Fix You a Plate: A Tale of Two Kitchens by Elizabeth Lilly
A heartfelt and nostalgic celebration of family, diversity, and food

Tomatoes for Neela by Padma Lakshmi, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
A mouth-watering book about food, family, and tradition

Every Cake Has a Story by Christina Tosi, illustrated by Emily Balsley
I love that Christina Tosi of MILK BAR wrote a children's book about expanding your palate beyond just plain old vanilla cake. Not only did this book make me hungry, but it made me want to order a cake from MILK BAR as soon as humanly possible.

There's a Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers ingeniously uses vellum throughout this book as a way to overlay pages so that, in a brilliant use of dramatic irony, the reader sees the ghosts but the main character does not. I can’t wait to read this one to my students.

Currently reading: 

One Life: Young Readers Edition by Megan Rapinoe


  1. I didn't know about the Survivor Tree until I read about it in one of the other recently published picture books. I'll have to check this one out, too.

  2. I put every one on my list, Beth, & I too have not read The Survivor Tree, only This Very Tree. Your TikTok is funny! Thanks for all!

  3. I'm so glad you're enjoying making TikToks—I admire bloggers who get out into the world of social media! Survivor Tree looks absolutely beautiful based on the cover, and Aaron Becker is always a great illustrator. It is funny, because I went online and searched "9/11 tree" and found FOUR more picture books about it—3 published in the last 14 months! And 1 more from the 10th anniversary of 9/11, not the 20th. Tomatoes for Neela and Every Cake Has a Story look lovely too—books about food are books I enjoy, in general! Thanks so much for the great post, Beth!

  4. I'm adding There's a Ghost in this House to my list. Looking forward to seeing the overlay you described! And I hope our libraries get a copy of The Survivor Tree by Marcie Colleen. I'd also like to read Survivor Tree by Cheryl Somers Aubin. I've never been to the actual 9/11 tree, but I HAVE visited the Survivor Tree from the Oklahoma City bombing and it's quite sobering. There's a picture book Survivor Tree by Gaye Sanders about the Oklahoma tree. Would be quite a week to share all three. Thanks for the shares, Beth!