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It’s Monday, December 9! What are you reading?

“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 (2001 days) and The Iza (1246 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

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Sorry, I missed you last week. You know how it is. But I did get to read.

Here’s what I’ve enjoyed during the last two weeks:

Middle Grade:

I finished two middle grade novels.

  • P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia. A great sequel to One Crazy Summer. I enjoyed the strong connections to time and place.
  • Finally, by Wendy Mass. The Willow Falls books always start really slow for me, but the end up good by the end. I listened to the audiobook.

Picture Books:

I  read five new picture books. Here are my favorite three:

  • I’m a Frog, by Mo Willems. I got this for a Christmas present, but I had to read it early. Because Mo Willems is the king of everything.
  • Rosie’s Magic Horse, by Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake. Just weird fun.
  • Little Santa, by Jon Agee. Such a clever idea.

Graphic Novels:

I read three graphic novels and one comic strip collection. I love graphic novels!

  • Adventure Time, Vol. 1, by Ryan North, Brandon Lamb, and Shelli Paroline. I’ve never seen Adventure Time, but my students like it. The comic was OK.
  • Aphrodite: Goddess of Love, by George O’Connor. I love this series. Olympians dress a little skimpy, though. I don’t mind, but 4th grade boys are…well…you know.
  • Dogs of War, by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox. A good companion for Kirby Larson’s Duke and Dorothy Hinshaw Patent’s Dogs on Duty.
  • Darth Vader and Son, by Jeffrey Brown. More a comic strip collection. But pretty funny.

Informational:

I read one informational book.

  • Ben Franklin’s Almanac, by Candace Fleming. I reread this for my Guys Read book club. But then no one showed up. So. Sigh.

AND

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

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees, by Sandra Markle.

And I have 26 books to pick up from the library tonight.

SO

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It’s Monday, November 25! What are you reading?

“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 (1987 days) and The Iza (1232 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

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On Friday, the Corbchops brought home a reading challenge. Some sort of prize for students when they have read 50, 100, and 150 days. Which, of course, means that he will be getting a prize 50 days from now. It reminded me of summer reading programs that “challenge” kids to read 15 hours, or two books, or whatever. Active readers do that in less than a week.

And the sad part is, of course, that the kids who don’t read will either (a) not bother, or (b) just fill in the log anyway (do you think they’d try to turn it in before 50 days have passed?). Some might be motivated, but 50 days of reading is a daunting number for students who hardly read at all.

To build readers, you have to build readers. Handing them a challenge without support doesn’t do much.

Anyway, we read every day at my house. Here’s what I’ve enjoyed during the last week:

Middle Grade:

I finished one middle grade novel last week.

  • The Truth of Me, by Patricia MacLachlan. Nobody writes short and sweet like Patricia M.

Picture Books:

I  read three new picture books last week.

  • Alphabet Birds, by Philip Terzian. The author gave out this book to trick-or-treaters. :^)
  • This Is the Rope, by Jacqueline Woodson and James Ransome. Nice story of a simple, but valuable, family heirloom.
  • Dot., by Randi Zuckerberg and Joe Berger. Funny that a former Facebook executive wrote this. Must have inspired her.

Graphic Novels:

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

AND

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

P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia

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What are you reading?

It’s Monday, November 18! What are you reading?

“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 (1980 days) and The Iza (1225 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

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I have, in fact, been reading. Not as much. But I’ve been doing it. What I haven’t been doing is #IMWAYR. I don’t know if I’ll get this up every week. But I’ll try.

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

Middle Grade:

I finished three middle grade novels last week.

  • A Wig in the Window, by Kristen Kittscher. I listened to this one. It was a lot of fun, though I was unprepared for the staggering number of boob and butt jokes. So, perfect for middle school.
  • The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander. I reread this for Girls Read book club. some girls liked it, some didn’t. Some couldn’t even get through it enough to come to the meeting. Surprising! But we had a good discussion, all the same.
  • “When Did You See Her Last?” by Lemony Snicket. More mystery and fun with language from Mr. Snicket.

Picture Books:

I  read 1 new picture book last week.

  • When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Brian Selznick. Fantastic picture book biography.

AND

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

The Truth of Me, by Patricia MacLachlan

SO

What are you reading?

It’s Monday, [June 3]! 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 (1812 days) and The Iza (1056 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

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Camping again last week. But this time, instead of rain, it was pleasant. And instead of other friends and kids, it was grandparents. And you know what grandparents means: More reading time.

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

Middle Grade:

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

Graphic Novels:

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

  • Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, by Neil Gaiman. I’ve never read Sandman. Reading so many graphic novels has rekindled my comic love. This is for grown-ups.
  • The Reason for Dragons, by Chris Northrop. This YA graphic novel was mostly enjoyable and often funny .

Picture Books:

Somehow I only read 1 new picture book last week. Actually, it was because the library was closed on Monday, when I usually get books. Which means there are 17 books waiting for me today!

  • Dragon, by Jody Bergsma. My son loves dragons. This is by a local author/artist. It was OK.

Professional Books:

I finished 1 professional book this week.

  • Book Love, by Penny Kittle. Even though this books is targeted for high school English teachers, I loved it and found it very relevant. I’ve been telling everyone about it, teachers or not.

Reviewed:

On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I didn’t review anything last week. Which means I failed my three-reviews-per-month goal, for the first time since making it. I will try to make up for it this summer…

AND

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

White Fur Flying, by Patricia MacLachlan

SO

What are you reading?

It’s Monday, [May 27]! 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 (1805 days) and The Iza (1049 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

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Still reading. Been some colds making their way through our house. Which sometimes means, “Sit around reading because you’re sick,” and other times means, “Too tired to read because you’re sick.”

We also went camping in the pouring rain. Before we had kids, I would have just stayed in the tent all day and read or played games. But now we have two little kids, so reading can only happen for so long. I can’t wait for when my kids are old enough to read in a tent all day.

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

Middle Grade:

I finished one middle grade novel and one middle grade activity book last week.

Graphic Novels:

I finished two graphic novels and two mini-graphic novels last week. I love graphic novels!

Picture Books:

I read 13 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

Reviewed:

On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I didn’t review anything last week. Which means I will try to write two this week.

AND

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

A Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, by Christopher Healy

and

Book Love, by Penny Kittle

SO

What are you reading?

It’s Monday, [May 20]! 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 (1798 days) and The Iza (1042 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

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It was a slow reading week. But I also got to go to my childhood independent bookstore, Eagle Harbor Books, and enjoy its fantastic children’s section. I love reading books in a bookstore. We bought Kel Gilligan for a birthday present.

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

Middle Grade:

I finished one middle grade novel last week.

  • The Year of the Baby, by Andrea Cheng. I liked this book, but I liked the first one, Year of the Book, much more.

Graphic Novels:

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

Young Adult:

I finished one YA book this week. I rarely read YA.

  • Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell. It was good and I am all up to date on my swear quota.

Picture Books:

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

  • Dog in Charge, by K.L. Going and Dan Santat. I love Dan Santat. I think I’ve said that before. It’s worth repeating.
  • The Boss Baby, by Marla Frazee.  It was fun to see a different artistic style from Frazee. It is still recognizably Frazee, but different.
  • If You Want to See a Whale, by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead. Fogliano and Stead are a great team.

Reviewed:

On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I reviewed Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry, by Dave Roman.

AND

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

A Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, by Christopher Healy

and

Book Love, by Penny Kittle

SO

What are you reading?

It’s Monday, [May 13]! 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 (1791 days) and The Iza (1036 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

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I have no idea what happened last week. Looking back, I read, sure, but I’m not sure how or when it happened. I tried to start A Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle like four nights in a row, and just couldn’t get going. I’ve set it aside for a moment, but I loved the first book, so I’ll get to it soon.

Anyway, it was a weird week.

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

Middle Grade:

I finished three middle grade novels last week.

  • Aliens in Disguise, by Clete Barrett Smith. Clete lives in my town. He is great and his books are hilarious middle grade science fiction. This is book 3 in his Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast series.
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary. I finished reading this aloud to the Corbchops. It took us two months. He is more of a picture book and comic kid right now.
  • Holes, by Louis Sachar. I finished reading this aloud to my fifth graders. They loved it, of course.

Graphic Novels:

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

Poetry:

I finished one novel in verse this week.

Picture Books:

I read 13 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

Reviewed:

On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I didn’t review anything last week, even though I promised I would. But I’m writing a review tonight!

AND

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

Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell

and

Book Love, by Penny Kittle

SO

What are you reading?

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.

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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.

Poetry:

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?

Reviewed:

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

AND

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

Aliens in Disguise, by Clete Barrett Smith

and

Book Love, by Penny Kittle

SO

What are you reading?

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.

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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.

Poetry:

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!

Reviewed:

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

AND

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

Rebel McKenzie, by Candace Ransom

SO

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

It’s Monday, [April 22]! 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 (1770 days) and The Iza (1015 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

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My goal when I started this blog was to write two posts a week. One IMWAYR, one other. Maybe a third, if I really get rolling. But lately, it’s been a situation where I can choose reading or choose blogging. So I choose reading! Especially on these weeks when things are really busy and the reading time is at a premium.

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

Middle Grade:

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

  • Smells Like Dog, by Suzanne Selfors. This is our Guys Read book for April, this time nominated and voted on by the guys. I’m glad they picked it–it was super fun!

Graphic Novels:

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

Picture Books:

I read 12 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

  • 11 Experiments that Failed, by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter. We read this in class as we started out our Scientific Method unit.
  • Doug Unplugged, by Dan Yaccarino. I will read this to my class during Screen Free Week.
  • The Dirty Cowboy, by Amy Timberlake and Adam Rex. I love Adam Rex because he is good at everything. Amy’s story was good, too.

Reviewed:

On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I reviewed Hide and Seek, by Kate Messner.

AND

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

Energize Research Reading and Writing, by Christopher Lehman, which I will finish this week.

SO

What are you reading?