Monday, December 31, 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.

#ClassroomBookaday the final week of 2018


Pre-K students loved Dance, Dance, Dance! I kind of did too. It's a great read aloud. You get to be seriously goofy imitating a dancing horse.

Kindergarteners enjoyed The Very Last Castle

First graders finished up the Mock Geisel books. Our winner was The Itchy Book! by LeUyen Pham and our honors were Bigger! Bigger! by Leslie Patricelli and My Friends Make Me Happy! by Jan Thomas.
Second grade read Thank You, Omu! We enjoyed that the author is so young.

Third grade read Carmela Full of Wishes and discussed siblings and their ability to be annoying. We also went to Wonderopolis to learn more about dandelions and wishes.

Fourth grade read Goldfish on Vacation and we were fascinated by the real history it's based on and we had fun seeing photos of the actual fountain and the apartment in the book. We got to read one more book - Captain Starfish and talked about fears we have had before.

Fifth grade The Wall in the Middle of the Book and learned the word irony.

Reading at Home

Three of these were on my #MustReadin2018 list - Rest in Power, Invisible Man, and Homegoing. They were all good in different ways and were all quite tough to read. Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome was fun and easy to read. Finding Langston was really fantastic and was a great length for a class read aloud. It's short and quick, but very meaningful.

The Coming Week: I am finishing up the final three books on my #MustReadin2018 list. I wish you a wonderful week full of reading.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 825/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 242/300
#MustReadin2018 - 27/30


  1. I'm hoping we get a local copy of The Very Last Castle soon -- hearing such great things and wishing we had a larger book budget! My kids and I enjoyed The Wall in the Middle of the Book! So funny, but also provided great conversation. Hope you have a wonderful new year, Crystal!

  2. I still need to get The Wall In The Middle of The Book & have Finding Langston but need to read. Thanks for sharing all the books enjoyed by students, Crystal and Happy New Year!

  3. I checked but my library does not have a copy of The Wall in the Middle of the Book. If it doesn’t show up soon I will have to beg them to purchase it. Homegoing was on my list this year but I didn’t get to it, I will have to make a concerted effort next year since I actually own a copy!

  4. Carmela full of wishes sounds really lovely. :)