Monday, March 21, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading? 3-21-22

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 I read and loved: 

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
This beloved book was a re-read since this is the first book we are reading for our school's staff book club that meets today. I reviewed this book back in 2014 when it first came out and I had more time to write longform book reviews. :) 

A Blue Kind of Day by Rachel Tomlinson, illustrated by Tori-Jay Mordey
This is an important book in the canon of children's picture books about mental health. It deals very specifically with depression and does so with so much grace and dignity. What Rachel Tomlinson does so perfectly in this book is help to establish what depression looks and feels like, while also establishing the need to see feelings as neither good nor bad, but messages that our brains are sending us.

As an adult who struggles with depression, I found this book incredibly affirming and uplifting despite the heavy topic.

Currently reading: 

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

Speak Up, Speak Out! The Extraordinary Life of "Fighting Shirley Chisholm" by Tonya Bolden

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  1. I do love the Fikry book, too, Beth, probably told you that last week! Thanks for A Blue Kind of Day, sounds special & needed. I have Amanda Gorman's book, still need to read it! Thanks for sharing the Chisholm book, too! Have a great week ahead!

  2. Did love the Shirley Chisholm book. It's amazing the amount of books that are being published on mental health now.

  3. I loved Storied Life! It has one of my fave rants about what types of books Fikry doesn't like reading.

  4. I just got A Blue Kind of Day a few days ago. After reading your thoughts I need to go read it now!

  5. I really wish Speak Up, Speak Out!: The Extraordinary Life of Fighting Shirley Chisholm was available here in at least one of my libraries. I did find a picture book biography available so I will have to read it instead.