Monday July 23rd, 2012

It’s Monday What are you reading?

Here is my second post participating in Kelly and Jen‘s meme that celebrates all of the great literature being read by avid book lovers and bloggers (from picture books to YA fiction)

Picture Books I read this week:

My Dad is Big and Strong but . . . (A Bedtime Story) written by Coralie Saudo and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo  Loved the muted colours in the illustrations and the interesting twist on the going to bed battle.

Unfortunately written by Alan Durant and illustrated by Simon Rickerty. I purchased this book and The Plot Chickens this spring to add to my mentor texts to inspire writing. Can see this book inspiring mini stories illustrated in graphic style panels. Finally got a chance to read these titles I uncovered a basket of books in my new book area that I had thought I misplaced!


The Plot Chickens written by Mary Jane Auch and illustrated by Herm Auch. Such a fun book to emphasize important story elements.

East Dragon West Dragon written by Robyn Eversole and illustrated by Scott Campbell. I found this book at the library but would put it in my “diversity” bin at school if I end up purchasing it.

Swirl by Swirl (Spirals in Nature) written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beth Krommes I finally read this book after seeing it on multiple lists all year. It is really as gorgeous and amazing as all of the hype!


I read and really enjoyed three middle grade titles:

Kepler’s Dream by Juliet Bell. I loved this book for many reasons: that it celebrates the love of books, that is has a well developed inter-generational relationship (grandmother and granddaughter) and that it explores themes of friendship, serious family illness, divorce and growing independence so well. Will recommend this title to previous students who love realistic fiction with strong characters.

kepler's dream

Olivia Bean Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart. My almost Grade 5 daughter and I both read this book this week and both of us really liked it. Such a fabulous book that looks at the friendship and family dynamics of a middle grade student. Olivia is a great character and I adored the little brother!

Because of Mr Terupt by Rob Buyea. Really well done novel told from seven different perspectives. Lots to think about as a teacher re the classroom community we build.


I am currently reading The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine.

Other Reading:

I read the third Binky book – Binky Under Pressure. These titles are so popular in my classroom and I am excited to add this one to the collection.

I also read Kylie Jean Spelling Queen This is part of a series about a little Texan girl who aspires to be a beauty queen (role models??) and has a dog named Ugly Brother (funny). Very accessible for those children just beginning chapter series.

Looking forward to another week of reading! Hurray for summer!

4 thoughts on “Monday July 23rd, 2012

  1. I definitely need to read a Binky book! I love cats and it looks like a book that will definitely make me laugh.
    I actually have not read any of the books you mentioned (a trend today) though I have a couple on my TBR and have added some more.

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

    • All three Binky books are definitely guaranteed laughs! I love watching children read them and they giggle and titter to themselves as they read! Happy Reading to you too. I enjoyed your Goodreads review of Liar and Spy!

  2. Well, I’m glad I found you, I’m adding Kepler’s Dream and Because of Mr. Terupt to my list.

    I hope you’re enjoying Lions of Little Rock. It’s one my favorite reads this year!

    • Maria – Thanks for the comments. I LOVED Lions of Little Rock! Finished it yesterday. Thinking of it for a future book club selection for my student book club – so much to discuss. I was also fascinated by Marlee’s character. I have taught a student with selective mutism and although Marlee has started speaking at school, I think it is rare to find characters with this kind of anxiety disorder in middle grade literature. It was interesting to see how the author handled it.

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