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It’s Monday, [May 6]! 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 (1784 days) and The Iza (1029 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

Mon Reading Button PB to YA

Screen Free Week was a success. I stayed completely screen free at home. At school, I closed Twitter, and checked email sparingly. I checked my personal email just once a day. And did I read more? Wel…not really. The weather was sort of ridiculous in a stunningly amazing way. Most of the time we were outside, and most of that was in the garden.

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

Middle Grade:

I finished one middle grade novel last week. That’s all.

  • Rebel McKenzie, by Candice Ransom. This is a CBC Children’s Choice nominee. Though my class will vote 100% for Pickle, I thought I’d read it, just to see how it stacks up. It was fun!

Graphic Novels:

I finished two graphic novels last week. I love graphic novels!

  • Flight, Vol. 8, edited by Kazu Kibuishi. I love Kazu’s short story anthologies. Now I’ve read them all! Time to find more works by the artists involved.
  • A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse, by Frank Viva. This was the first of these TOON eaarly reader graphic novels that I’ve read. It was fun.


I finished one book of poetry this week. I read it outside my classroom door during planning time. I got a bit sunburned.

  • National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry, edited by J. Patrick Lewis. Fantastic. I can’t wait to share this with students, especially since we just went to the zoo and are in the midst of an animal research project.

Picture Books:

I read 9 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

  • Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum, by Megan Mccarthy. Easy, fun nonfiction picture book. My gum-obsessed son liked it.
  • Baloney (Henry P.), by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. I love Jon Scieszka so much, I know how to spell and pronounce his name.
  • First the Egg, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. This is probably my favorite LVS book so far. Did you know she is coming to Bellingham, WA next March 1, for the WWU Children’s Literature Conference?


On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I didn’t review anything last week. This week for sure, though!


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

Aliens in Disguise, by Clete Barrett Smith


Book Love, by Penny Kittle


What are you reading?



  1. Myra GB says:

    I am definitely going to look for National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry by J Patrick Lewis who happens to be one of my absolute favorites. Sounds like something I’d enjoy. Kazu Kibuishi is also one of my daughter’s favorites – we read his Explorer and Amulet series. 🙂 Haven’t heard of the Flight series yet, will check that out.

    • The Flight series starts out with a more adult/YA lean. Around Volume 5 they start to lean a bit more middle grade, but there is always a few YA stories in there. For that reason, I won’t have them in my 5th grade classroom library, but at home you could be more selective.

      Explorer Flight and Explorer Mystery Boxes are straight up middle grade, and great (as you know!).

  2. Lorna says:

    I’ve been seriously impressed with all of the National Geographic books that I’ve picked up recently. Somebody over there is really putting some thought into that division. And, boy do I hear you on Screen Free Time, really just equaling “outside in the awesome weather” time!

  3. So glad you were able to complete screen free week well. I caved a few times, but certainly did cut down my time on the screen anyway. LOVED the animal poetry book. Incredible pictures! I think I just got POP! I will try to read it soon.

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