Monday, April 4, 2022

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


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.

Here are a few fun book-themed TikToks I made recently:
@bibliophilebeth When a package from Scholastic arrives and the 2022 book you’ve been most excited to read is inside. 🤩🥰 #schoollibrarian #librariansoftiktok ♬ Little Things - Adrian Berenguer

Last week I reviewed:

I recently read and enjoyed:
This Book is Not For You! by Shannon Hale, illustrated by Tracy Subisak
A perfect book to start the discussion with students the absurdity of “girl books” and “boy books.” I’m grateful that Shannon Hale thought write a book that could be used as an opportunity to have a whole-class discussion on this topic since teachers and librarians are often having them on the side with individual students or small groups.

Violet and the Crumbs: A Gluten-Free Adventure by Abigail Rayner, illustrated by Molly Ruttan
Violet used to love going to parties but now that she can't eat gluten, she avoids them entirely. Her Celiac Disease makes navigating social situations difficult, but she knows in order to live with her Celiac she needs to learn how to advocate for herself. A simple but effective introduction for kids to Celiac Disease.

Show the World! by Angela Dalton, illustrated by Daria Peoples
A book that celebrates the need people have for a creative outlet. Would be a great introductory book to Genius Hour.

Patience, Patches! by Christy Mihaly, illustrated by Cheryl Murray
A sweet story told from the dog’s point of view about when a new baby joins the family. This type of story arc has been done many times before but what makes this book stand out is the same-sex couple who are the parents in the story along with the perfect emotional pacing.

Currently reading: 

The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander

Currently reading with my ears:

Thoughts and Prayers by Bryan Bliss


  1. Fun to see the TikToks, Beth. I didn't know about the new & coming Hummingbird, so thanks for that & all the rest. Have a lovely week reading!

  2. Love the Tik Toks! I have a couple of these in my stack to read. Violet and the Crumbs is not one I'm familiar with, but it sounds like a useful book.

  3. Love the picture books and the Portland representation with some of the creators.

  4. Thanks so much for the heads up about This Book Is Not for You and for Hummingbird. I am so excited to read a new Natalie Lloyd novel!

  5. I need to pre-order Hummingbird—you are so lucky to have an ARC!! And all of these books look great—I remember Shannon Hale writing about the obnoxious gender norms of books, so I am so thrilled she turned that into a picture book! Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Beth!