Monday, April 25, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading? 4-25-22


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.

I recently attended my first in-person author event since the pandemic began and it was for 2022 Printz Award winner Angeline Boulley. Here is my recap about the amazing event.

I recently read and loved:
The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander
I still need to sit and process what an important book I just read. From Kwame's opening " Note from the Author" to the very last page, I was completely immersed in the story and could feel its gravitas as I was reading. The second I closed the book, I started looking into the history behind the story because I knew from reading it that there was so much I didn't actually know. And that is the mark of a great author of historical fiction: to reveal a moment of history through fiction that many people didn't know about and inspire them to learn more. I hope this book will also be a catalyst to move beyond Euro-centric history and compel readers, both kids and adults alike, to learn more about African history that is rarely or never taught in school in the U.S.

Abdul's Story by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illustrated by Tiffany Rose
A beautiful book about a young boy who struggles with writing but loves telling stories and what an impact a visit from an author makes on how he views himself as a writer.

I'm Terrified of Bath Time by Simon Rich, illustrated by Tom Toro
You think kids are scared of bathtime? Wait till you hear from the bathtub.

A humorous story with clever illustrations that is sure to put any kid's mind at ease who is afraid of bathtime by making them laugh out loud. 

Anglerfish: Sea Devil of the Deep by Elaine M. Alexander, illustrated by Fiona Fogg
A page-turning books with captivating illustrations all about the fascinating creature that patrols the midnight zone of the ocean with its bioluminescence.

Currently reading:

Now What? How to Move Forward When We're Divided (about Basically Everything) by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers

Currently reading with my ears:

Suggested Reading by David Connis

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  1. Put Door of No Return on my TBR list, although historical fiction is still a bit of a hard sell for my students. Good to see different perspectives in this genre, though, so looking forward to this one.

  2. Now you've made me want to read Kwame Alexander's new book but it doesn't come out until September, long wait! But thanks for the enticing review, Beth, and for the rest, too. Have a great week!

  3. The Door of No Return sounds amazing. Loved Abdul's Story.

  4. thanks so much for the heads up about Kwame Alexander's new book. I am also looking forward to reading I'm Terrified of Bath Time.

  5. I have an e-ARC of The Door of No Return but I have been trying to read them close to the release date, so I haven't started it yet. I am certainly more excited after your glowing review. It might have to jump the line a bit. I'm Terrified Of Bath Time also looks great. Thanks for the post!