Monday, June 11, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.

Last Week in Books:

My reading week did not go as planned. I didn't read any of the books I had expected, but I read quite a few anyway. I Was Born for This is a great YA contemporary fiction book and I'll be reviewing it at Rich in Color on Wed. It's one I'd recommend.

I am reading a ton of picture books so won't comment on all. The ones above that I will actually purchase for sure are Juliรกn is a Mermaid, A Day with Yayah, The Brilliant Deep, and Drawn Together.


The Coming Week: I'll be reading Give Me Some Truth, but other than that, I'm not really making a plan. This week will be all about getting ready for my trip to Asia and working at a day camp so there's not a lot of free time.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 205/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 87/300
#MustReadin2018 - 14/30

Monday, June 4, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.

Last Week in Books:

Meet Cute is a YA collection of fun short stories. I do love a good "meet cute" in romantic comedies. I also read a bunch of picture books. Some of them were underwhelming, but several were really cool and I'll be reading them with students for sure.

The Coming Week: I have the picture book Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code, How I Resist, My So-Called Bollywood Life and Love Sugar Magic checked out from the library. We'll see what I can get to in this very busy last week of school. I have dinner with colleagues tomorrow, a study group dinner at my house on Wed (I'll make much of the food Tues night), an outing with a cousin Thursday evening and then it is officially summer break for me. Whew.


Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 188/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 80/300
#MustReadin2018 - 14/30

Monday, May 28, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.

Last Week on the Blogs: 

Last Week in Books:

Amal Unbound and These Aren't the Girls You're Looking For were both on my #MustReadin2018 list. They were also part of my TBR for the #RamadanReadathon. Both were wonderful and made it a good week of reading.

The Coming Week:
I'm still reading Meet Cute. I have a few ARCs that I may be getting too this week: Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground and Hearts Unbroken.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 152/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 79/300
#MustReadin2018 - 14/30

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Celebrate!


Ruth Ayres has a link-up on weekends where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every week and I appreciate the community we have through this link-up.

Celebrating Running

 

I'm celebrating running again. I signed up for a half-marathon in September. I'm not officially training yet, but will start in a few weeks. For now, it is enough to get out a few times a week. Last week I ran three times and finished 10 1/2 miles altogether. After not running much over the past six months, it's nice to know I can still get moving. The miles are going pretty slowly, but they are happening.


My favorite place to run is a nearby park. The trail is flat though so I wanted to find a way to get some hills into my run. The picture above is my newest route. When I run that direction, I get in a little over three miles. I run up and over a bridge twice and I get to look at the Mississippi River too. It's a win-win. Have a great week!

Monday, May 21, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.

These are two of the three stacks of 2018 picture books I read on Saturday. I am serving on the Zolotow Award committee again this year so will likely be reading 600+ in the next 7 months. There are sooooo many wonderful picture books being created. It's a lot of fun.



I also read these older titles. Follow Me Around Japan was actually a great travel guide for kids. I think I'll buy a few more from that series. It even had information in it that is useful for my trip to Japan next month. Uncle Andy's is a cute picture book memoir by the nephew of Andy Warhol. I read it as I was getting ready to share Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship with classes. The Louise and Andie book features many Warhol references and they were way more interesting because the students knew a little about the artist prior to reading it.

The Coming Week: I have started reading Amal Unbound and Meet Cute and will likely read through more 2018 picture books. Have a great week filled with lovely books!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 152/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 76/300
#MustReadin2018 - 12/30

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Celebrate Meeting Authors!


Ruth Ayres has a link-up on weekends where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every week and I appreciate the community we have through this link-up.



This month I got to meet two authors - Aaron Reynolds and Maureen Goo. Both events were fabulous and had me laughing. It's so fun to hear about the writing lives of authors and learn more about the stories they share in their books. Families from our school also attended the Aaron Reynolds event so it was an extra joyful experience watching them interact with him. Their belly laughs were filling the room.

Looking at the pictures together now, it appears that I like stripes. ;)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review: Marching to Victory (Terell and Keke's Adventures Through Time)

Title: Marching to Victory (Terrell and Keke's Adventures Through Time)
Author: Kesha Rushing
Publisher: Kea Publishing (self-published)
Pages: 2085
Review copy: Digital Edition via author
Availability: For purchase online 


Summary: Eleven-year-old Terrell and his eight year-old sister, KeKe, are time-travelers. It’s the end of school year, their parents have been having financial troubles and they had to leave their friends in Chicago to spend the summer with their grandparents in small-town Tennessee. An entire summer with a sassy, annoying little sister following his every step?! This may be Terrell’s most boring summer ever. Or, will it? The woods behind his grandparents’ house are deep, dark and forbidden - the perfect place for an adventure. The pair discover a hidden cabin and a trunk full of books that will lead them on a whirlwind adventure through time. Their second stop? The march from Selma to Montgomery led by great leaders from the Civil Rights Movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King. On their journey, they will experience danger, fear and courage in their pursuit of equality. Terrell & KeKe’s Adventures Through Time is a spell-binding series that transports readers to world events from the past and future. Travel with this brother and sister as they learn more about history, and themselves, on their journeys around the globe.

Review: This is the second book of the series and was even more riveting than the first. Traveling the Underground Railroad was the beginning of the series and I reviewed it here.

Terrell and Keke are a brother and sister team who fuss at each other sometimes, but ultimately work well together. There are moments of humor, but this is not a lighthearted book. In this adventure, they end up in the midst of the preparations for the march from Selma to Montgomery. They experience some very tense and racist interactions with police and are in various other difficult situations. Terrell and Keke are seeing how racism is literally killing some people.

They also get to meet prominent people in the civil rights movement. John Lewis is there and tells them, "But young brother, where there's a will there's a way. Believe that. We can knock down all walls before us, no matter how big."

What I appreciate the most is that Terrell and Keke see these events and turn to trusted adults for answers. In this way, readers may see things that seem scary and horrible, but they also get some context and explanation. They learn about what the adults are doing and why. Michael, one of the trusted adults explains, "Until the value of our lives is just as important to everyone else as it is to us, we will always be seen as less than. To be honest, it sometimes gets very exhausting trying to make others see the beauty, brilliance, and resilience in us."

Recommendation: This is a great historical fiction series that digs into our past. It would be an excellent way to start some quality discussions about our history, our present, and the future of our country.