Monday, September 19, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 9.19.16

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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

The book Tiny Stitches reminded me so much of our experience with our daughter's orthopedic specialist.  I celebrated the book and our experiences here.

I love middle grade, but sometimes books in this format are too old for my middle grade readers.  I was so excited to find LouLou and Pea.  Their mystery will appeal to so many readers.  Check it out here.

I featured a roundup of some new wordless picture books.

Picture Books

Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in What's That Smell?
Mitzi Tulane Preschool Detective In What's That Smell? by Lauren McLaughlin
4/5 stars
Super cute mystery for young readers!  I loved so many things about this books - that it features adoption of mixed race without this book being about that at all (read the Nerdy post), loved that the mom couldn't cook that well, loved that it's a picture book MYSTERY!

The Highest Mountain of Books in the World
The Highest Mountain of Books in the World by Rocio Bonilla
4/5 stars
Would be a cute story to share at the beginning of the year to kick off the idea that books take you to different places.

Quit Calling Me a Monster!
Quit Calling Me a Monster! by Jory John
3/5 stars
I can hear giggling as this one is read.  Cute and silly, funny ending.

Middle Grade

Cloud and Wallfish
Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbit
4/5 stars
Compelling historical fiction.  The way the history is embedded throughout the story is really quite amazing.  Come back to see my full review on Thursday.

Currently Reading

Ghost by Jason Reynolds
My middle grade reading continues to be halted.  Little reading gets done, but I'm getting through what I can! 
Really enjoying this book so far.  Great voice from Reynolds.

Another slow reading week for me.  Having a hard time finding time to read during the week.
Did you find time to read this week?


  1. I love books about books so I'll have to check out The Highest Mountain of Books. I've finding it very hard to fit in time for reading, too!

  2. I try to read a little every day. Now blogging about my reading...

  3. Cloud and Wallfish is at the top of our TRB pile - Your post inspired us to start reading. So many little time in September :)

  4. I have Cloud and Wallfish, maybe soon? Thanks for sharing about The Highest Mountain of Books. . . Looks very cute. And need to read Ghost, too. Many are loving it! Thanks, Michele.

  5. I can't wait to read Cloud and Wallfish. The Cold War is my favorite era of history (because it ended by people tearing down a wall, not with an actual physical war) and Berlin is my favorite city in the world. So I'm not really sure why I haven't read this book yet. It's sitting on my kitchen island right now just begging me to read it. :)

  6. Quit Calling Me a Monster is lots of fun, I always appreciate books that get kids giggling and enjoying reading. :)

  7. Coming back on Thursday for your review of Cloud and Wallfish !

  8. There are four readers ahead of me before I get Ghost but that is probably a good thing because I've got 22 books already checked out that I have to read! Unfortunately Cloud and Wallfish is not yet available.

  9. I just ordered Quit Calling Me a Monster from my library! Looks like an adorable book! Have a great week!

  10. I am excited to read Ghost. I love Jason Reynolds' books and I think it features running too which is high interest for me anyway.

  11. I just got Cloud and Wallfish a few days ago. Did you read it that fast? If yes, I am superiorly impressed.

  12. I so love the look of The Highest Mountain of Books - hopefully I can get funding to buy more books next year and will definitely get this one. :)