Sunday, January 8, 2017

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 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.

Last Week on the Blog:

Last Week in Books: 
Fannie Never Flinched was intense. It's a look at the life of Fannie Sellins who stood up for workers rights in a dangerous time. Walking on Water was not quite what I expected, but had a few nuggets of truth I appreciated. I knew it was about art and faith, but it had rather more about faith and less about art than I anticipated. My Name is James Madison Hemings was a picture book biography about the son of James Madison and Sally Hemings. I thought it was well done. Chirri and Chirra is translation from Japanese. It's an old-fashioned and simple little story. It didn't really stand out except that it seemed nostalgic. Bad Indians is a memoir and I found it fascinating. For those wondering a bit about the discussions of the issues in Raina Telgemeier's latest book Ghost, this book really hits the history of the California missions. This would be a good source of information about the history of Native people in California. City Shapes is a rhyming picture book about the shapes found in the city. The best part about the book is Bryan Collier's fabulous illustrations. It's fun to note that he used his daughter as a model. The Secret Subway is another with great illustrations. It's also an intriguing story highlighting the first subway in New York. Coretta Scott is also one with great illustrations. I was a little disappointed that the book seems to almost spend more time talking about her husband than Coretta, but it is a quick and beautiful introduction to Coretta Scott King. Preaching to the Chickens is a great picture book introduction to the childhood of John Lewis. I will definitely be sharing this one with students.

Next Week: I think I'll finally get to A Torch Against the Night. I'm excited to finally read it, but I will at least skim the previous book again because it's been so long since I read it. I'm not sure what else I will get to, but am looking forward to a little random reading.

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge 2017 - 10/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2017 - 7/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
ReadPOC Challenge - 6/125


  1. Some really fantastic nonfiction here! Fanny Never Flinched is a new one to me, and sounds really inspiring. Have a great week!

  2. I haven't heard of Frannie Never Flinched. I've added it to my to read list. I enjoyed The Secret Subway and Preaching to the Chickens. Happy Reading.

  3. I have had trouble finding Preaching to the Chickens. You would think the library would have a copy.... Really loved The Secret Subway!

  4. Loved Preaching to the Chickens, but Frannie Never Flinched is new to me - thanks for sharing today!

  5. Like others here I wanted to read Fannie Never Flinched right away. I added it to my Goodreads list, but our library doesn't have it yet. Bad Indians also sounds fascinating.

  6. James Madison Hemmings is waiting for me at the library. Very curious about it! (One of his sons, I believe it was, moved here to Madison, WI, changed his last name to Jefferson, and passed as white.)

  7. I am going to look out for Bad Indians. Thank you for sharing it, Crystal!

  8. Fannie Never Flinched has a riveting opening--great nonfiction writing!