Sunday, January 8, 2023

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. 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 see more of my reading, visit my Goodreads shelves here

The Past Week in Books: 

Our power was knocked out for 12 hours this weekend, so I read a romance called A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos while I waited for power to return. It was an easy and pretty predictable story, but I do usually like books with recipes so it was okay.

I also finished reading The Ch'i-lin Purse: A Collection of Ancient Chinese Stories retold by Linda Fang. I feel like I must have read some of the stories in the past or even the whole book because at least some of them seemed very familiar. They were quite nice. 

Because I am doing my mock award units at school, so I read several picture books like Daddy Speaks Love, A Perfect Fit, and R-E-S-P-E-C-T. I really enjoyed all of them. 

I did my first Korean storytime this week too. I paired 괜찮아 (It's Okay) by 최숙희 (Choi Sook-hee) and Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean. In this Korean book the child meets animals like a snake and basically says hey you don't have legs or to the porcupine that it has so many spines and they all say that it's okay. I had the students help me say 괜찮아 on every page. It was fun since there was at least one student in each of my classes that speaks or at least hears Korean fairly regularly. It made me think of Pete the Cat. Pete basically says it's okay when he steps into things and messes up his shoes. He doesn't get upset and is just calm about it. Sometimes things may seem to be a big deal to someone else, but might be just fine for you. The lesson was a reminder that we have books in languages other than English in our library. 

Girl with very large face is smiling. Her eyes are huge and she has pigtails on either side of her head.

The Coming Week: 
I will be reading lots of picture books for our Mock Sibert, Mock Coretta Scott King, and Mock Pura Belpré Award units with fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. I'm not sure what I will be reading at home. I really haven't been reading as much since the school year started. I work at two different schools (20 hours each) and also work a few hours each week at the public library. I am also studying Korean and have various other family activities along with blogging at Rich in Color and am still doing physical therapy. Life is fairly busy. 


  1. The little girl on the cover of the Korean book is so cute. She reminds me a bit of one of my granddaughters. Have you read any June Hur? She is a Korean born Canadian who writes brilliant YA historical/mystery fiction set in ancient Korean. They are brilliant.

    1. Hi. Yes, I've read at least one of June Hur's books and quite enjoyed it.