Monday, September 18, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 9.18.17

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

Check out the Question and Answer post with Josh Funk about his new book, It's NOT Jack and the Beanstalk.

Do not miss this amazing sequel, Rise of the Jumbies.

Love these new nonfiction animal books.

You'll fall in love with Beatrice Zinker - a review here!

Picture Books

The Perfect Siesta (Junior Library Guild Selection)
The Perfect Siesta
by Pato Mena
Loved this one way more than I thought I would.  What happens when each animal needs to take a siesta and depends on the sloth to wake them up in exactly 10 minutes?  Funny outcome!

Little Red Riding Sheep
Little Red Riding Sheep
written by Linda Ravin Lodding
illustrated by Cale Atkinson
Another one where the narrator and main character go back and forth with each other.  Pair with It's NOT Jack and the Beanstalk and Snappsy the Alligator.

by Arree Chung
Told in minimal amount of words, readers will enjoy this sweet story of a young boy and his dog.

It Takes a Village
It Takes a Village
written by Hillary Rodham Clinton
illustrated by Marla Frazee
Love the simple text (great for words of the wiser) and amazing illustrations!  I think this book, along with Holly McGhee's Come With Me, are great texts to use to illustrate how every little bit of kindness is important.

The Antlered Ship
The Antlered Ship
written by Dashka Slater
illustrated by The Fan Brothers
I'm thinking of many reasons to read this book, besides the fact it's just beautiful.  Great for tough questions signpost... would match well with Kat Yeh's The Friend Ship... and will probably end up on Mock Caldecott lists!

Sarabella's Thinking Cap
Sarabella's Thinking Cap
by Judy Schachner
Young Sarabella has amazing thoughts, but they stay in her head and occupy a lot of her time when she is supposed to be listening.  I like that her creativity is celebrated.

Currently Reading

The Way to Bea
The Way to BEA
by Kat Yeh
I've been waiting a long time to get to this book!  I loved The Truth About Twinkie Pie so I was thrilled when this book was announced.

I'll be taking next Monday off as we have a follow up doctor appointment for my daughter's lengthening.  I'll be back in two weeks with lots of great books to share!


  1. The Antlered Ship and Sarabella's Thinking Cap are two books that have been on my to read list. The Perfect Siesta sounds interesting.

  2. I'm looking forward to The Way to Bea. I've seen The Antlered Ship on a bunch of blogs this past week. Can't wait to find it.

  3. The Way to Bea was a bit on the sad side for me. My students need something new and a little more upbeat! Or scary, like Rise of the Jumbies!

  4. I had heard Caldecott buzz about The Antlered Ship - I think I might be visiting it at the bookstore this weekend!

  5. I absolutely love sloths so I'll have to check out The Perfect Siesta.

  6. So very many beautiful books here today. I'm hoping to get to Beatrice Zinker today!

  7. Hope your trip is a good one, Michele. I'm traveling this week, too! Thanks for sharing so many good ones. The Way to BEA is new to me, will look for it! I just got The Antlered Ship at the library. It is beautiful!

  8. Little Red Riding Sheep is a fun book, and fractured fairy tales have always been very popular with my students. I'm really going to have to look for The Perfect Siesta and Sarabella's Thinking Cap. Both of those look awesome. Have a great week!

  9. I, too, enjoyed Sarabella's Thinking Cap. It is a beautiful story. I hope you have a great reading week!

  10. Thanks for telling us about The Antlered Ship - It is on our list to get before Caldecott season :)

  11. Really looking forward to reading It Takes a Village and The Antlered Ship.

  12. I really enjoy sleeping so I'm interested in the siesta book. ;) I am eager to see The Antlered Ship.

  13. Trent loves OUT! :)
    And I cannot wait to read It Takes a Village :)