Monday, October 23, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 10.23.17

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

I really enjoyed this new take on an old classic.  Check out The Nutcracker Mice.

What's in my Nonfiction Pile? series - math and science books

Some new favorite growth mindset books.

Picture Books

Draw the Line
Draw the Line
by Kathryn Otoshi
I think this is a perfect book for childhood and it's a perfect book to share right now.  What happens when two children play with the same thing - inevitably an argument happens, but can it be solved?  Beautiful wordless picture book and one I would add to your collection for theme.

There's Nothing to Do!
There's Nothing to Do!
written by Dev Petty
illustrated by Mike Boldt
One of those books that the adult reader is going to get a kick out of, maybe even more than the young reader!  Although I bet the young reader can do the best, "there's nothing to do," voice!

Sing, Don’t Cry
Sing, Don't Cry
by Angela Dominguez
I really loved this story.  It's perfect for words of the wiser or theme.
This quick little story tells about the wise advice the author's grandfather gave her when life has you feeling sad.  

by Jess Hong
A book that celebrates differences and being unique.  It confronts stereotypes and applauds going against the norm.  A lovely book to have.

Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship
Baabwaa and Wooliam
written by David Elliott
illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Another fun book that looks at stereotypes, this time confronting them with a very humorous approach.  Would be fun to use this when discussing growth mindset and how our views of other people can change.

Second Grade Holdout
Second Grade Houdout
written by Audrey Vernick
illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Fun follow up to First Grade Dropout.  Whereas First Grade made me laugh and nod my head, this one tugged at my heart.  I always worry about those kids who aren't quite ready to transition to the next grade, but they always turn out just fine!

Inky's Great Escape: The Incredible (and Mostly True) Story of an Octopus Escape
Inky's Great Escape
written by Casey Lyall
illustrated by Sebastiá Serra
For fans of Finding Dory, this book will make a great read aloud for the younger crowd.   Young readers will delight in this story about Inky the octopus and his daring escapes from unbelievable places!

Middle Grade

Greetings from Witness Protection!
Greetings From Witness Protection!
by Jake Burt
Absolutely loved this book!  I fell into it quickly and then had a hard time letting the main character go.  Make sure this book is on your TBR.  I have a longer review of it coming out this Thursday.

Currently Reading

Revenge of the Christmas Angels
Revenge of the Christmas Angels
by Jennifer Ziegler
The next few weeks will be a lot of NCTE reading so I can talk about all of these wonderful books at our upcoming NCTE presentation.  Will I see you there this year?

On Deck

Revenge of the Happy Campers - finishing up the Brewster Triplets series!
Independent Study - book 2 of The Testing series, my daughter is begging me to read this one so she can read it next!
Six of Crows - my next #mustreadin2017 book!

Happy Reading to all!


  1. I've been waiting for Draw the Line. Kathryn Otoshi always has a great way of sending a powerful message.

  2. Draw the Line sounds great and There's Nothing to Do sounds like a book I would relate to. I think my two children are already way to familiar with the There's Nothing to Do voice. I also loved Witness Protection. Hopefully there will be a book 2.

  3. LOVE "Witness Protection"- Who would ever think of that subject for a middle-grade novel? Funny, sweet, poignant, and also a page-turner. I think kids won't be able to put down. Do report in and tell us what they think.

  4. Several people are blogging about Baabwaa and Wooliam - Can't wait to read it. Greetings from Witness Protection is on our TBR list.

  5. I'm looking forward to Draw The Line, & have The Nutcracker Mice, will read it soon. Thanks for all the others, too, Michele!

  6. What a fantastic set of books! So many I want to read! Just put Greetings from Witness Protection on hold! Can't wait to get Draw the Line and Lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  7. You’ve got some great picture books that I’ve really enjoyed, like There’s Nothing to Do and Baabwaa & Wooliam. I’m looking forward to checking out the other books on your list. Have a wonderful week.

  8. I just read Draw the Line this week. It is such an important book!

  9. Sing, Don't Cry made me cry!!!! I loved it!
    Draw the Line was so interesting to read to Trent. His commentary was amazing!

    Happy reading this week :)

  10. I love to add more wordless picture books to my collection so thanks for reviewing Draw the Line.

  11. I loved Sing, Don't Cry. Draw the Line is wonderful. I want to look for Lovely and Baabwaa & Wooliam.

  12. Hope to see you at NCTE! And once again my TBR list explodes after a visit to your blog....