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It’s Monday, [March 25]! 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 (4.76) and The Iza (2.7). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

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I read a lot of books last week! It felt good.

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

Middle Grade:

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

  • Hide and Seek, by Kate Messner. I love everything by Kate Messner, and this jungle adventure mystery sequel to Capture the Flag was no exception.
  • Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, by Stephan Pastis. This graphic novel hybrid ranked above Wimpy Kid but below Milo, for me. Also, I do love me some Pearls Before Swine, though it’s more of a grown-up comic strip.
  • The Water Castle, by Megan Frazer Blakemore. This sort-of-science-fiction story had a classic feel, and reminded me of the Tucks, Meg, Charles, and Calvin, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe all mashed together. It was very fun.
  • Lizards, by Nic Bishop. I particularly enjoyed this book because I loved lizards as a kid. Amazing photography and engaging writing, as we’ve come to expect from Nic Bishop.

Picture Books:

I read 25 (!) picture books last week. My favorite three were:

  • Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers. It always catches you by surprise when they throw a whale in there (see Hello Hello).
  • More, by I.C. Springman and Brian Lies. Beautiful concept book about amounts and relative amounts.
  • All the Water in the World, by George Ella Lyon and Katherine Tillotson. I read this to my kids while they were in the bathtub.


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

One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake.


What are you reading?



  1. Wow! You had a great reading week. I also read The Water Castle last week and loved it! It represents Maine much better than Navigating Early in my opinion. I would say that One Came Home is my favorite 2013 title (that’s not part of series) so far this year. I just loved Georgie’s character!

    Happy Reading!

  2. megan says:

    Wow, look at all those rave reviews for One Came Home! Definitely adding it to my list.

  3. Nicole says:

    I got a kick out of Timmy Failure as well! All the hype about The Water Castle has got me anxious to get my hands on a copy!

  4. Lorna says:

    I can’t wait to get to One Came Home (it’s in the library bag now!) and The Water Castle sounds like a great, classic story to check out. If you haven’t already read it, you need to get to A Tangle of Knots . . . I think it’d make for a great classroom read aloud.

  5. I’m glad you agree that Hide and Seek is another great one from Kate Messner. I just love the action and adventure she writes in Hide and Seek. I loved the jungle setting. Looks like you got a lot of other reading in, too. 🙂

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