Sunday, October 14, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

Jen & Kellee over at Teach Mentor Texts host a meme every Monday that invites people to share the children's and young adult books they have been reading over the past week and what they plan on reading the following week.

Past Week:

Picture Books

Of the picture books above from my list on Goodreads, my favorite this week by far was This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. I just cannot believe that he has managed to do it again. If you have read I Want My Hat Back, you may understand what I mean. I was not sure how he could top that one, but he has once again managed to make me laugh, think, and wonder. I love it!

The Moccasins comes in at second place. The story is told simply and the illustrations are also simple. The story is of a boy taken in by foster parents and given the gift of moccasins. It is a beautiful story of family love. This book was part of an order I got in from Oyate. The order also included these three cool board books below, but they aren't on Goodreads. All three are from the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Head Start in Minnesota. The first two feature contemporary Native American children. niimiwin follows a boy and girl through preparations for and participation in Pow Wow. The pictures are fantastic and the text includes Ojibwe words along with the English. Boozhoo again has a simple text of Ojibwe words along with English as it shows children doing daily activities. Our Journey is a beautiful book teaching readers to greet and thank every part of creation from the north, south, east, and west. I am looking forward to reading more of the books that I got in this order. I am thankful that a friend from the Ho-Chunk Nation Youth and Learning Center came to visit and showed me some excellent books to purchase for our library.

Newbery Challenge

From my Goodreads review - Not a favorite. It is difficult to like the main character. It was an Anne of Green Gables type of plot, but again, the main character was not nearly as enjoyable so I didn't like it as much. I also did not like some beliefs that it taught like the idea that a woman is not fully developed until she has loved a man. Hmph.


From my Goodreads review - Maybe I am expecting too much, but I found this one a bit too simplistic. Picture book bios are a tricky thing with so little space. Lincoln is portrayed as a hero rather than a human who did some great things. Didn't he have ANY flaws?

For the Coming Week:
I plan to try and finish several books that I have been working on. Professional Development books take so much longer to read since I need to read a bit and then reflect before moving through the books. I am busy with Lies My Teacher Told Me, Other People's Children, Courageous Conversations About Race, and I am still kind of stumbling through the middle-grade novel Three Times Lucky. Lucky has been a bit of a challenge for me. I want to finish it, but somehow I haven't gotten into the story very well. If I don't finish soon, I will abandon it and move on to something else. I am also going to read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler this week. It is a treat to finally get to one of my all time favorite Newbery books. I hope you have a great week of reading!


  1. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of This is Not My Hat. I've just been too busy to get to the store. I have to confess, I've never read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. It has always sounded like one that I would like. Maybe I'll bring it home over Thanksgiving break!

  2. I wanted to get a copy of This is Not My Hat as soon as I saw it online! I have just purchased I Want My Hat Back about a month ago and it was such a delightful read. Glad to know that Jon Klassen has written another one! I almost bought Looking at Lincoln while I was on a non-fiction picture book buying spree but it was one of the books I put back in the shelf and decided to just get it another day. Maybe I'll read it in the store and decide if I still want to purchase it at a regular price.

    I looked at your titles for next week and my heart jumped at the sight of Three Times Lucky and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler. The book cover of Three Times Lucky reminds me of the books by Pseudonymous Bosch. Not sure if illustrated by the same artist. I always enjoy a good E.L. Konigsburg book! I like that and The View from Saturday. Happy reading!

  3. I LOVE Lies My Teacher Told Me- it is such an important book.
    Also YAY for This is Not my Hat :)

    Happy reading this week! :)