Monday, December 20, 2021

It's Monday! What are you reading? 12-20-2021


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.

Books I recently read and enjoyed:
All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson
A book that will undoubtedly make (and has made) many readers uncomfortable but is going to be and likely already has been a life-saving book for so many queer adolescents and young adults.

The Longest Letsgoboy by Derick Wilder, illustrated by Catia Chien
A beautiful book with tender and innovative language. For anyone who's loved an old dog.

Soul Food Sunday by Winsome Bingham, illustrated by C.G. Esperanza
Soul Food Sunday deals with some of my favorite picture book topics:


Dad Bakes by Katie Yamasaki
“Home smells like warm bread.”

A young girl’s father gets up before dawn to go to work at a bakery and despite being tired when he returns home, spends quality time baking with his daughter.

Dougie doesn't want anyone to know that he's a dung beetle who eats poop, so he hides his lunch under a rock on the playground and doesn't eat in front of his classmates. But a situation on the playground soon causes him to have to either reveal his true identity or betray a fellow classmate who isn't afraid to be who he truly is.

Despite the silly title, this book actually has an important message of embracing and loving who you are as well as honoring the identities and differences of others.

Currently reading: 
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

Currently reading with my ears:


  1. I can't wait to read I Must Betray You!

  2. You've been reading some fantastic books, Beth! I have a copy of All Boys Aren't Blue that I've been waiting to read, so I appreciate the reminder to get to it. And all of the picture books sound great as well—I recall seeing another blogger enjoying The Longest Letsgoboy as well! And I'm hoping to start reading the Aristotle and Dante sequel soon as well. Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Beth, and happy holidays!