Monday, July 18, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading? 7-18-22

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 some fun book-related TikToks I made last week:

@bibliophilebeth When this is the weather in July, you mark yourself as unavailable in your calendar and sit outside and read #librariansoftiktok #schoollibrarian #booktok ♬ original sound - catherineoharasbebe

Last week I reviewed:

Last week I read and loved:

Hummingbird by Natalie Lloyd
There’s a teacher in the story that says a pen is a direct line to a person’s heart. Well, Natalie Lloyd’s pen draws a whole lot of lines to readers’ hearts.

The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newman
MJ, with her tiara and rainbow-colored braids, absolutely slays on her first day of kindergarten... by being helpful and kind and having a great time while doing it.

Like by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Leo Espinosa
A picture book that brilliantly sets up the thesis that humans are more alike than different by showing the ways we are alike/different to other objects. A great read aloud for Preschool-1st grade classes.

Currently reading:

Currently reading with my ears:

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

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  1. I love the idea of a pen being the line to a person's heart. Definitely got to read Hummingbird.

  2. Hummingbird is already on my list. I can't wait to read it. As much as I enjoyed King of Kindergarten, I had a problem with the king idea. I wanted all the children to be kings or queens or whatever - so long as they are all equal.
    I loved I Can Make This Promise. Thanks for the introduction to Bittersweet.

  3. Fun Tik Toks. Thanks for sharing those. I will be watching for Hummingbird and Like.

  4. I love your TikToks this week, Beth! And these books look great too—I really need to read Hummingbird, because I (along with so many others) have loved Natalie Lloyd's other books. Like sounds like a wonderful read as well! Thanks so much for the wonderful post!

  5. Everyone seems to have opened When Women Were Dragons! I have to get back to that one. I need to learn to use TikTok, too (but I'm an old lady and I'm fighting it! LOL)

  6. I'm loving your BookToks--how much fun! :)

    Happy reading this week!