Monday, September 12, 2022

It's Monday! What are You Reading? 9-12-22


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.

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I recently reviewed:
My Pet Feet by Josh Funk

I recently read and loved:
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg grew up to witness the poverty and injustices of the Great Depression and World War II. For that reason, they found themselves identifying politically with the communist party. Unfortunately for them, this was probably the worst time in American history to identify as a communist… right after the end of World War II and the start of the Cold War resulted in a groupthink of paranoia that led the U.S. into the McCarthy era Red Scare that ruined many people’s lives with a simple accusation of being a communist. Unfortunately for the Rosenberg’s that accusation also came with charges of espionage… of selling nuclear secrets to the USSR and a death sentence.

This novel in verse covers a very intense story in American history and will make readers want to learn more about the Rosenbergs. 

Nana, Nenek, & Nina by Liza Ferneyhough
A beautiful celebration between cultures of grandmothers' love

Patchwork by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Corinna Luyken
Matt de la Peña always knows how to tug on those heartstrings in his profound and literary picture books. In Patchwork he reminds adults and kids alike that we all contain multitudes; we are a patchwork of interests, ideas, ideals, strengths and weaknesses.

Lunch from Home by Joshua David Stein, illustrated by Jing Li
This book is a great conversation starter about food and family traditions and why those things need to be respected (and embraced!) at school. The story is a model and invitation to show kids that they can and should view different foods with curiosity rather than disdain. We don’t all need to bring sandwiches and chips for lunch every day, nor should that be the expectation in a country as beautifully diverse as ours.

If You're a Kid Like Gavin by Gavin Grimm & Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by J Yang
A wonderful picture book to add to the conversation that trans kids are humans to be loved and cared for, not problems to be solved

Currently reading:

Odder by Katherine Applegate

Currently reading with my ears:

Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am by Julia Cooke

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  1. I'm looking forward to Odder, have not seen Lunch From Home before, Beth & have the Nana book & Patchwork coming from my library! I do know about the Rosenbergs, and Ethel's Song is new to me, too, must be a sad one! Thanks for all!

  2. What a fantastic collection of books!
    I went to put a hold on Nana, Nenek, & Nina, only to discover I already have one! Patchwork looks wonderful.
    Many many years ago when I was a student at university, I did a research paper on the Rosenbergs, so of course I added this to my list.

  3. Nice! I'll have to check the Nana's book.
    I have a lovely children's book in my list - a major classic, in audio: