Monday, April 08, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

So glad to be back to It's Monday! What Are You Reading!  Thanks to Jen and Kellee Teach Mentor Texts for hosting this weekly celebration!

With my concussion recovery, I have not been able to read much. But in the last 2 weeks, I've been able to read for longer periods of time. When you only have limited reading time, you have to really make sure what you read is worthwhile!  No time to read books that are merely "good"--I have had to be VERY picky!  Here are some of my favorite reads from the last few weeks.

One that I loved is Kate Messner's upcoming (Fall 2013) Wake Up Missing . Kate was nice enough to send me an ARC. It was especially fun for me to read this week because it is about a group of kids who are recovering from concussions and are at a state of the art clinic. I could so relate!  Even without the personal connections, I LOVED this book.  I think Science Fiction is really tricky for middle grade kids and I don't know of too many authors who can do it well. When I read Messner's EYE OF THE STORM, I was hoping she'd write more Science Fiction for this age. And she did! So happy I got to read this so early! Kids in grades 4-8 are going to love this one! (And fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix will like this one, I think!)

I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Center of Everything by Linda Urban. I had heard lots about this one so it was the first book I read when I got the okay to add reading back to my life. But I was only allowed to read 20 minutes at a time.  Had I not had to put the book down after 20 minutes each day, I would have read this in one sitting.  Ruby Pepperdine may be one of my favorite characters ever.

I also LOVED Forest Has a Song: Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerWater. This is one I've been waiting since fall and I squealed when it came in the mail. Definitely one of my new favorite poetry books!  If you have not checked this one out yet, you'll want one for your home and one for your classroom!

One of my new favorite wordless picture books is The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett. LOVE!  I forget where I even saw this one but I am so glad to have it in my wordless book collection!  So much to talk about and the illustrations are really unique. Already thinking about doing lots with wordless books in the fall:-)

And who couldn't make time (even with such limited reading time) to read any new Otis book?  Otis and the Puppy by Loren Long did not disappoint!


  1. Center of Everything is a beautiful book! Loved Otis and Forest. Need to get the other two. :)

  2. Oh, lucky you to get Kate Messner's new book!!Can't wait to get MY hands on it! :-)

  3. I get to meet Kate in person this week and I'm so excited! I just love her writing. Looking forward to reading Wake Up Missing. I'm always looking for new wordless books to add to my collection so I'll be adding The Boy and the Airplane to my purchase list. No need to preview with your trustworthy recommendation.

    Hope you're continue to feel better every day!

  4. So glad that you are getting better! I have The Center of Everything on hold at my public library and can't wait to read it. Thank you for recommending The Boy and The Airplane. Wordless books are great.

  5. Center of Everything is already on my TBR list. I STILL haven't read anything by Kate Messner yet-can you believe that????

    This week my favorite book was One For the Murphys!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)


  6. Oh, I'm excited to get THE BOY AND THE AIRPLANE...I adore wordless books too! Thank you, Mary Lee, for including FOREST here.... a.

    1. This is Franki's post, actually, but we don't mind taking credit for each other's work once in a while! :-)

  7. Loving these mentor texts! I am beginning to collect books for my future classroom library and these books will have to be included!


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