Monday, May 29, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 5.29.17

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

A new transitional chapter book that should be on your must read list if you teach 1st-4th grade.  It has great read aloud potential.   Check it out here.

I'm always looking for nonfiction picture books that will hook readers.  I'm pretty sure these poop books will do the job!

Do you have fans of the Amulet series?  This is the book you will want to hand off next!

The topic of courage comes up throughout the year - courage to be brave, to speak up, to do something when it's hard.... here are some books you can use.

Picture Books

Rodzilla by Rob Sanders
3/5 stars
Dan Santat's illustrations are spot-on for this silly read aloud!  Kids will love the potty humor and I'm pretty sure parents will guess the twist ending from their own life experiences!

The Nuts: Keep Rolling!
The Nuts: Keep Rolling! by Eric Litwin
4/5 stars
Kids love this series and this one is going to be well received, as well.  Be sure to go to the website and you can have Eric Litwin and friends read the story with music!  I like the theme in this story.

Hattie & Hudson
Hattie & Hudson by Chris Van Dusen
4/5 stars
A book you will want for theme and to show how to look beyond the outside of a person/character.  Beautiful illustrations, as always, from rockstar illustrator Chris Van Dusen.

That Neighbor Kid
That Neighbor Kid by Daniel Miyares
5/5 stars
This one is going into my classroom library.  Beautiful.  Love the use of color, love the themes of friendship and working together.  

The Treasure Box T
he Treasure Box by Margaret Wild
4/5 stars
A hard book to read - a young boy and his father must leave their home behind and leave.  They bring along an iron box that carries treasure - a book that tells the history of their people.  If you hold any discussions on the refugee experience or war, this would be a book you might want to add.

Away by Emil Sher
4/5 stars
A young girl gets ready to leave for sleepover camp and the mom and little girl discuss her fears and how it will all be ok... via post it notes left for each other!  Loved Qin Leng's watercolor illustrations.

Way Past Bedtime
Way Past Bedtime by Tara Lazar
4/5 stars
I bet "past bedtime" is kind of like "seeing your teacher outside of school".  Kids can't really imagine how either of those things can be - but when they do, like young Joseph in the story, they come up with some very creative ideas!  Ask your readers... what do their parents do after the kids go to bed??

Middle Grade

Three Pennies
Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder
5/5 stars
A quick read, but one that will stick with you for a long time.  The story is about Marin, who has been shuffled around to many foster homes, but has never given up hope that one day she will be reunited with her mother.  She's about to get a forever home, but she must first find out if her dream could ever come true.  Told by different narrators, including her case worker, an owl and tectonic plates.  Beautiful, one I may add to my Mock Newbery list.

Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally)
Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee
4/5 stars
Fun early middle grade novel that is great for the 2nd-4th grade audience.  Kids will enjoy the realistic fiction setting, plot an characters.  Bobby looks like he has it all - after all his dad is a former football star - but he seems to always find himself in trouble.  This time it's with his best friend who just happens to be a girl.

Currently Reading

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)
A Court of Wings and Ruin
by Sarah J. Maas
I'm in the final stretch!  I'll have a quick review for you next week!

14 Hollow Road
14 Hollow Road
by Jenn Bishop
My students can't wait for me to read this one and tell them all about it.  They fell in love with The Distance To Home this year and can't wait to read Jenn's next book!

Lots of middle grade books coming up in my stacks!  Hope you have a great week reading :)


  1. So many great choices this week! Hattie and Hudson and The Neighborhood Kid sound especially wonderful. I am looking forward to reading 14 Hollow Road.

  2. Hi Michele, I just added Hattie and Hudson and That Neighbor Kid to my library request list. Thanks also for sharing about the 5 Worlds series.

  3. There are many holds for That Neighbor Kid at my library, but hope they read and return fast! Lots to love here, Michele. I'm glad to know about Three Pennies as well as the others. Thanks!

  4. Rodzilla is such a fun book!

  5. Three Pennies sounds really interesting. I also just requested that my library purchase the Unlucky Lottery Winners book--looks like one my son would enjoy. (He is currently reading the first in the Notebooks of Doom series and liking it pretty well, though it's a little hard for him to read. Still looking for that "just right" book for him to read independently!)

  6. You have lots of brilliant books on your list here today Michelle. I'm looking forward to reading The Treasure Box and Three Pennies. My library has The Distance To Home, so I hope to get to that one.

  7. Wow, so many picture books that are entirely new to me!! The Treasure Box sounds utterly heartbreaking, a definite must-read. I adore Qin Leng's illustrations, so Away is also right at the top of my list. :)

  8. So many wonderful books in your post! Cant wait to read Eric Litwin's new series- The Nuts. Three Pennies and That Neighbor Kid are going in our TBR pile

  9. I really like the look of many of these picture books. My kinder and first grade students loved the first Nuts book. I also need to read That Neighbor Kid and The Treasure Box.

  10. ACOWAR has a tough time living up to ACOMAF for me. It was good, but did not hit me in the feels the way its predecessor did. I did shed some tears there during the big battle though.
    Sam @ WLABB

  11. I was lucky to have met Chris Van Dusen at the Gaithersburg Book Festival last weekend--he's so nice & down to earth!

    And just read & really liked Three Pennies too :).

  12. I am so intrigued by That Neighbor Kid! I am adding it to my list. Thanks, friend. :)