Sunday, October 25, 2020

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 go to my Goodreads account, you can see what I have read recently & click on the books to learn more.

Last Week in Books:

The Joyful Book wasn't my favorite Todd Parr book, but it was okay. I really enjoyed Sunflower Lion. It's clever and Henkes made a picture book a chapter book. I think that was fun. Gurple and Preen was just as silly and fun as I had anticipated. The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom is a creative way to add some humor to learning about the instruments. Nina Soni Sister Fixer was a cute sibling early chapter book. I liked the first Nina Soni book better, but this one was still nice. Joey is a picture book biography of Joe Biden that is pretty glowing, but it really spends a lot of time on his childhood and it was nice to find out more about that part of his life. The Wedding Party was another hilarious romance from Jasmine Guillory and I needed that escapism after finding out we had three two school days to prepare to go back face to face. Eek. Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice was actually written and in the publishing process prior to her becoming the VP pick for Biden. It is certainly timely. I liked the emphasis again on the younger years in this picture book biography. Land of Cranes is a middle grade novel in verse about a family that has been separated due to immigration complications. The young girl and her mother are essentially in a cage near the border and the father has been deported already. It's hard to read knowing there are children right now who are not with their families. From You to Me is a middle grade novel that deals with grief in a family and also friendship and more. I'm writing quickly and heading to bed before what feels like the first day of school. It's exciting and nerve wracking just like first days always are, but there's an extra level of stress. It's will be an interesting week. 

The Coming Week: 
I started reading Three Keys (loving it) and am still reading The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde. Have a great week!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
#MustReadin2020 - 28/36
#YARC2020 - 60/55
Muslimshelfspace - 26/30


  1. Are you going back in person? We've been back for a long time, and it's been fine. My tables have never been so clean, and I have to quarantine books for a week, but it hasn't been scary at all. The worst we had was a high school football player who caused 85 teammates, cheerleaders, etc. to quarantine when he played after testing positive.

    1. Yes, we're going back to in person. For me this means taking my instruction to classrooms. I'm teaching from a cart and students order books and we deliver. It's a lot of extra work. It was a busy day. I saw 8 classes so I wasn't in the library much, but had to figure out where everything is and what tech is available in each classroom. It was definitely fun to see everyone, but challenging too.

  2. Best wishes for your "first day", Crystal. Thanks for all these books! I'll be sure to look for Land of Cranes. It's a terrible tragedy that's happened & happening with those immigrant children!

  3. I really enjoyed Land of the Cranes -- very difficult to read, but so important. And I wondered about Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice -- how nice to know the book was already in the making before becoming a VP nominee. Hope your first day goes well and that there's very little stress, Crystal!

    1. Thanks! It was a busy day, but so good to see the students.

  4. Land of Cranes sounds beautiful, if incredibly painful to read! Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice sounds like a wonderful read for right now—her rise through the political ladder is really quite impressive! Good luck with your return to school, and thanks for the great post!

  5. We haven't ventured back into the classrooms yet. Sometimes they get close and start making plans, and then there's a surge in infection rate and they back off. I hope you enjoy the personal touch, even with all the start-up work.