Monday, December 17, 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 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.

The Past Week in Books: 


Kindergarten and first grade students are reading and voting for our Mock Geisel. Kindergarten started sooner, so they finished and voted. First graders have only read a few of the books, but will finish up this week. Our Mock Geisel list is on our Goodreads shelf.

Second grade read Why and I Me? and Let's Talk About Race. These are great books to use when discussing identity.

Third grade students are learning about series books so we read I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat and We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen.

Fourth grade students got to experience The Great Migration. The paintings by Jacob Lawrence are wonderful. MoMA also has great online resources to go with the paintings. 

Fifth graders have been working on environmental literacy so Kate, Who Tamed the Wind was a great way to see how people can effect change.

Aside from picture books, I finished listening to Where We Belong by Hoda Kotb, but it wasn't a favorite. I liked hearing some of the stories about people who've made life changes, but it wasn't thrilling or fascinating. It was just something I had grabbed for a road trip. For book group I read The Woman in the Window. It was a mystery and was okay, but was way longer than it needed to be. I finished Being the Change by Sarah K. Ahmed and found it very helpful. It's a professional development book that provides step-by-step lesson ideas and I am looking forward to implementing some of her strategies.

The Coming Week: I am listening to the audio of Homegoing. I hope to read that and some of the rest of the books on my #MustReadin2018 list. I wish you a wonderful week full of reading.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 786/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 229/300
#MustReadin2018 - 23/30


  1. I was never able to get my hands on Why am I Me? and Let's Talk About Race, so I'm going to see if I can hunt those down over the holiday break. And thank you for the link to your Mock Geisel list. The "mock" lists are such fun to peruse! Have a great week, Crystal!

  2. I did enjoy Being the Change and found some good ideas in it. I'm not familiar with Kate Who Tamed the Wind so looking that one up. Sounds like a wonderful week of reading with all of these students!

  3. I'll find Kate Who Tamed the Wind, love biographies of people who made changes. I still need to read Why Am I Me?, like Shaye. It's on my list! Thanks, Crystal!

  4. I have a copy of Homegoing and need to read it. Maybe this year my MustRead list will prioritize books I own but haven't read!