Monday, July 11, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading? 7-11-22

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 reviewed:
Run: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, L. Fury, and Nate Powell

I recently read and enjoyed:
Don't Eat Bees: Life Lessons from Chip the Dog by Dev Petty, illustrated by Mike Boldt
Chip is a very smart dog. He knows all of the things dogs should and shouldn't eat. Maybe.

A Sky-Blue Bench by Bahram Rahman, illustrated by Peggy Collins
A heartwarming story about a young girl who struggles at school sitting on the floor every day due to her disability so she decides a bench for herself.

There Was a Hole by Adam Lehrhaupt, illustrated by Carrie O'Neill
A conversation-starter about what grief and loss feels like

Ice Cream Face by Heidi Woodward Sheffield
This book takes you on quite the journey -- one of love, excitement, anticipation, observation, impatience, savoring, devastation, and then a heartwarming conclusion. All done over a scoop of ice cream. I adore the joyful, bright illustrations, particularly the ice cream scoops which are actual photographs.

Where Butterflies Fill the Sky: A Story of Immigration, Family, and Finding Home by Zahra Marwan
Zahra Marian’s unique story of immigration is told vaguely enough in the main story itself to keep readers curious and asking questions but then more specificity is given in the backmatter.

Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison
A stunning and emotionally charged book that takes a classic African American spiritual and modernizes it.

Currently reading:

Hummingbird by Natalie Lloyd

Currently reading with my ears:

Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole by Susan Cain

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  1. Ice Cream Face is in my stack and after reading your thoughts I'm even more excited to read it. Hummingbird is one I have to get to reading, too.

  2. The picture books all look cute & I have missed Run somehow, so glad you shared it, Beth. Thanks!

  3. What a great set of books, Beth! I made note of There Was a Hole and A Sky-Blue Bench—I'm planning a picture book marathon for a reading challenge this weekend, so I may see if I can cram those two in. Thanks so much for the wonderful post!

  4. Thanks so much for the reminder about Run: Book One. It's been on my list but today I checked the library and they have a copy available. I already have a hold on Hummingbird and can hardly wait to get it.

  5. I am looking forward to checking out Run and Ice Cream Face. Sky Blue Bench is new to me and I am going to look that one up. Thanks for the post.