Monday, May 9, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 5.09.16

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This weekly post comes from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers.  It's a great source to find new books to use with your students.

Last Week's Adventures

I am always on the hunt for some great nonfiction reading.  Try these fun books.  Kids will want to read nonfiction!

I am blogging about the celebrations in my daughter's limb lengthening journey.  Here's week 2.

I loved Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light.  I'm really excited for the second book coming out in June.

Picture Books

The Thank You Book (Elephant & Piggie,)
The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
5/5 stars
It really was the perfect ending to this series.
It did what it set out to do - said thank you - but did it in a way that was funny, heartfelt and perfect.
I love when the perfect guest star showed up :)

Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends
Snail and Worm by Tina Kugler

5/5 stars
Perfect easy reader chapter book.  This one is going on the Mock Geisel list.
I will feature more on this book in an upcoming Spotlight Friday post.

Transitional Chapter Books

MVP #1: The Gold Medal Mess
MVP: The Gold Medal Mess by David A. Kelly

3/5 stars
This looks like the start of a really fun series for those kids who are ready for chapters, but not the length of a middle grade book.  Part mystery, part sports book, this series is sure to reel readers in!

Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties
Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties by Tom Watson
3/5 stars
Kids love the Stick Dog series because it's full of humor.  It's full of humor that kids get.  Stick Cat is another one you'll want to put in readers hands.  I laughed out loud many times knowing this was a place that kids would be laughing.  And books that make kids laugh are very good in my book!  

Young Adult

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

3/5 stars
This one went in too many directions to keep me from loving it, although I did enjoy the story.
I was bothered by the idea of women being bought for wives, and although this takes places in a timeless period, I know that this did happen in history, and unfortunately, in places now, as well.  It just seemed very archaic.  
I liked the stories of the other characters and it looks like this will be a series so I'm interested in finding out what happens to them.
I would love to hear the opinion of the intended audience.  Did this keep their interest?

Currently Reading

Gertie's Leap to Greatness
Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
Oh my word, is there talent in the Beasley family???
This book is absolutely fantastic, I love Gertie.  I've been savoring this one ssslllooowwwlllyyy.  I'll be so sad to say goodbye, but so glad to see other kids enjoy her in October.  
I'll feature Gertie in an upcoming blog post closer to the release date.

Coming Up in my Pile

Time Stoppers
Time Stoppers by Carrie Jones

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

A Tangle of Knots
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

A Clatter of Jars
A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff

Hoping to find lots of extra reading time this week!


  1. What a great list as always, Michele! So glad you're reading GERTIE! I predict she will steal your heart!

  2. I'm always looking for good transitional chapter books. The MVP series sounds good for my sports lovers.

  3. I am enchanted by the cover of Gertie's Leap to Greatness! I'm waiting for the Thank You book, but hate that the series is ending!

  4. I forgot about the Mo Willems book! Just added to my cart! My college students are all obsessed with Elephant & Piggie.

  5. Gertie's Leap to Greatness sounds very good, Michele. Thanks also for the beginning chapter books. I'm always looking for some new ideas for my granddaughter. The Thankyou Book is wonderful, already at the granddaughters' house! Have a great week!

  6. I have a copy of The Glittering Court but now I wonder if I want to read it or not after reading your thoughts.

  7. Many of my students love the Stick Dog books, so I'm anxious to get my hands on the new Stick Cat books. I'm sure that's another one that will be popular in my classroom. I also am looking forward to Gertie's Leap to Greatness! Only 17 days of school left and then I'll be getting caught up on all the great books in my To Read pile! Have a great time reading this week!

  8. Thanks for telling us about Snail and Worm - Our goal is to read more beginning chapter books this year and this one is going on our TBR pile.

  9. Snail and Worm looks perfect for my classroom! I will add that to my list! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I want to read Gertie so badly! I heard about it in January, and I am just in so much awe of the Beasley authors!
    I haven't read the new E&P book. I don't know if I want to. I'm so sad.... :(

    Happy reading this week! :)

  11. Mo Willems is one author that I really want to read more of. I know Kellee raves about the books. I only have one. I think that will be my next library adventure!

  12. I will have to find Snail and Worm. I need more books for the Geisel crowd. I would love to do a Mock Geisel with my kindergarten classes next year.

  13. I really want to get familiarized with the other awards. You make me want to read Snail and Worm now!

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