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It’s Monday, [March 4]! What are you reading?


Every Most Mondays, I send out a #booksaroundtheroom via Twitter, so my students can share what they’re reading with the world. “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” is a meme co-hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. Just like #booksaroundtheroom, it is a way to share books you’ve been reading, reviewing, and loving during the last week. I read a lot, both on my own and with my two kids, Corbchops (4.7) and The Iza (2.64). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

Mon Reading Button PB to YA

Last week was another busy one. Wait, are there any non-busy ones? Oh, right. There are. It’s called summer. (Actually, summer often feels just as busy). This week seems like a bit of a respite, despite a dentist appointment. No, wait. Kids’ swim lessons start this week. When will it ever end? I guess I can read while they swim. But I want to watch them splash, you know?

Here’s what I’ve enjoyed during the last week:

Middle Grade:

I finished four middle grade novels and one informational book last week.

  • The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate. We finished reading Ivan as a class read aloud. I read the last 70 pages in one day.
  • The Fourth Stall, Part III, by Chris Rylander. Another funny and a little bit intense edition of the middle school mafia series.
  • Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White. I finished reading this classic to the Corbchops. Now The Wife is reading him Little House in the Big Woods.
  • The Center of Everything, by Linda Urban. Another great one from Ms. Urban. Lots of ways you could use this in a writing class, too.
  • Marsupials, by Nic Bishop. More stunning photography and engaging text from Nic Bishop. Though he did throw in some opinions this time, to go with his facts.

Picture Books:

I only read 4 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

  • Wumbers, by Amy Krause Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. 2 much fun 2 not be a favorite.
  • black is brown is tan, by Arnold Adoff and Emily Arnold McCully. Arnold Adoff is my favorite children’s poet.
  • Machines Go To Work, by William Low. The Iza and I liked looking for all the machines on the last two-pages spread.

Professional Reading:

  • A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades, by Ken O’Connor. This is our voluntary staff read for this year. I wish they weren’t voluntary I wish my whole staff would volunteer. My grades are only a little broken. Mostly, I got a lot of confirmation that all the gradebook tweaking I’ve done over the last few years might be a good thing.


On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I reviewed The Runaway King, by Jennifer Nielsen.


Right now When I finish this blog post, I’m reading:

Unlucky Charms, by Adam Rex


What are you reading?



  1. Lorna says:

    Excellent read aloud choices both at home and in the classroom! 🙂 Center of Everything was so good and one of those books where you really notice just and sentence structure matters so much. Urban’s a technical master and a great story teller. Small and I are reading False Prince together right now.

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