Monday, September 17, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading?

Every Monday, the awesome duo at Teach Mentor Texts hosts their What Are You Reading? meme so that anyone who loves children's literature can share the titles they've recently enjoyed as well as their reading plans for the week!  Thanks, Jen and Kellee!
Be sure to head over to the Teach Mentor Texts blog to find out what everyone else is reading!

As of today, I'm about 50 pages in to A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean, which is, so far, a touching story about a girl who decides to take a pledge of silence further than expected.  I'm curious to see what will happen when Cally befriends her new neighbor and if her father will change how he interacts with Cally because of her silence.

Last week, I also read:

There were so many stand-out titles I read this week, but, if forced to choose a favorite, I think it would have to be Oh, No!--whose rhythmic refrain just begs to be read aloud, and whose bold page-spanning illustrations beg to be shared!  (And anyone who knows me knows that I love to read aloud, and I LOVE to share books!)  Here are my ratings (out of five stars) for this week's reads:

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems * * * * *
The Tooth Mouse by Susan Hood * * * *
The Underwear Book by Todd Parr * * *
Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson * * * *
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer * * *
LLama LLama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney * * *
The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell * * * * *
Oh, No! by Candace Fleming * * * * *
I'm Bored by Michael Ian Bla 
Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes * * * * *
Barnum's Bones by Tracey Fern * * * *
We the Kids by David Catrow * * * *
Dandelions by Even Bunting * * * *
Abandoned! A Lion Called Kiki * * *
Earthling! by Mark Fearing * * * *
Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judy Schachner * * *
Water Dance by Thomas Locker
Desert Elephants by Helen Cowcher * * *
The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill * * *
Skippyjon Jones in the Dog House by Judy Schachner * * *
Hooray for Reading Day by Margery Cuyler * * *
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Malachai Gerstein * * * * *
Benny and Penny in Lights Out by Geoffrey Hayes * * *
The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng * * * *
Pig Picnic by Patricia Hubbell * *

This coming week, I am looking forward to finishing A Dog Called Homeless, even though I have a feeling that it'll have me in tears before I finish it!  I also finally got my hands on a copy of Tom Angleberger's The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, which I cannot WAIT to dig in to.  (I have a feeling it'll cheer me up after I finish Homeless!)  I also feel like I did a much better job of reading more picture books last week, so I'm hoping I can keep that up this week!

Have a great week, and don't forget to READ!


  1. Fortune Wookiee is great fun, and might even be my favorite in the series. The title and cover alone for A Dog Called Homeless lead me to think it would be a tear jearker. I look forward to your review of it! Lots of your new picture book titles are on my hold list at the library. Hard to wait! :)


  2. My 3rd graders LOVED Tooth Mouse. They seemed incredulous that other cultures didn't have a tooth fairy.

  3. Can't wait to find the Mo Willems book you mentioned! Love him.

  4. I've been meaning to borrow the Tom Angleberger title for a loooong time (Fortune Wookie sounds so fun), but I haven't gotten around to doing this yet. Hopefully, I can find the book in our libraries this week. You read a WHOLE LOT of picture books here, I'm envious! :) Most are familiar titles, but there are a few that I haven't heard of yet. "Hooray for Reading Day" caught my eye as we are doing a books about books theme until middle of November. Will look for that one as well. Thanks for sharing all these goodies.