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It’s Monday, [April 29]! 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 (1777 days) and The Iza (1022 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

Mon Reading Button PB to YA

I feel like I read a lot this week. And I did! I had a field trip to Woodland Park Zoo, so I got to spend three bus-hours reading, and I squeezed in a few chapters in the open air tropical bird area. I love that spot. It was extra special this year, because I got pooped on by some tropical aviator and ran into Kim Baker. Tell me, how many people in the world have been hit by bird poop while talking to Kim Baker. I bet I’m the only one!

I’m super-excited about Screen Free Week this week. I’ve celebrated it for years, since it was called TV Turn Off Week. I’m excited that it is getting so much attention this year. Now we have so many screens, it can be difficult to shut them all away. I’ll miss my Twitter friends, and my RSS feed will be super overloaded by May 6, but I will “recover.” I hope you’ll join me.

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

Middle Grade:

I finished two middle grade novels last week. That’s all.

  • We Give a Squid a Wedgie, by C. Alexander London. I loved this third installment in the Accidental Adventure series. I thought it was the funniest yet.
  • Lucy Rose: Busy Like You Can’t Believe, by Katy Kelly. I picked this up because it has illustrations by Adam Rex, but I loved Lucy. It was kind of like a stream of consciousness chapter book. Funny.

Graphic Novels:

I finished one graphic novel last week. I love graphic novels!

  • Flight, Vol. 7, edited by Kazu Kibuishi. I love Kazu’s short story anthologies. These ones slant to an older audience, maybe middle school and up. Lots of good stuff in here.


I finished one book of poetry this week. I hardly read any poetry, so that was good!

  • Follow Follow, by Marilyn Singer. I am still amazed by these reverso poems. They are mind-blowing!

Picture Books:

I read 11 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

Professional Reading:

I’ve really enjoyed reading more professional texts this year. I spent way too many years not reading them. I finished one last week.

  • Energize Research Reading and Writing, by Christopher Lehman. I’ve been putting Chris’s ideas into practice in my classroom since I started reading his book. It’s a little bumpy, but we’re learning a lot and trying out plenty of new things. That’s what it’s all about!


On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I reviewed The Giant and How He Humbugged America, by Jim Murphy.


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

Rebel McKenzie, by Candace Ransom


What are you reading? And how do you plan to spend your Screen Free Week?



  1. Linda Baie says:

    I’m not sure I will go totally screen free, I already don’t watch much tv, & probably will limit the blog reading-that’s a big one for me. I like the way you separate the different kinds of reading & you have read a lot. I don’t know either middle grade novels, so thanks for those, & all the others too. I’ve seen numerous people mention the Lehman book-guess I’d better check it out! Thank you!

  2. Just reducing screen time is valuable, too. And, aha! You’ve discovered the reason they changed the name from “TV Turn Off Week” to “Screen Free Week.” :^)

    Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

  3. I’m reducing my screen time this week! If I had planned ahead, maybe I could have gone completely screen free, but it didn’t happen last week or over the weekend so I have e-mails and blogging and writing to do! But I am reducing as much as possible. I really want to read We Give a Squid a Wedgie! I’ve read the others in the series and love both! Can’t wait! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Can’t wait to read Follow, Follow! Also I have the Accidental Adventure series on my TBR list. Happy reading week!

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