Monday, December 23, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Love this Monday tradition hosted by Teach Mentor Texts. Visit their blog to see what others are reading this week!

I'm only kind of doing Holiday #bookaday this year. I am hopeful, but the way 2013 has gone with meeting goals, I am realistic that it might not happen.  16 days off would mean 16 books. We'll see.   Some I am dying to read are very long (like Goldfinch) so I may give up on #bookaday just to read books I love. But I started out with #bookaday because I love it and we'll see where it take me. Here is how it's gone so far:

Odette's Secrets is a great novel in verse. A great addition to any collection of Holocaust books for children. This one is based on a true story and is accessible for upper elementary/middle grade students.

Ivy in the Shadows seems to be a good story for middle school kids. Ivy is going through a hard time as her father just left and her mother has to find a full-time job. Lots of real life middle school issues in this one but nothing too big.

Wolf and Dog (Gecko Press Titles) is a novel in verse about two friends. This book--the story, the friendship and the voice--reminded me a bit of Frog and Toad.

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way is one I am listening to, so it may take me a while. But this is a fascinating read in that it is told in a kind of narrative--in a way that helps us see the differences between US's educational system and others.  It follows three American exchange students and we learn different things from each one.  So glad I discovered this one.


  1. All are great suggestions! Thank you and good luck with your reading.

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  2. Can't wait to read The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way! Thanks for this recommendation. Happy Holidays!

  3. Someone just sent me The Smartest Kids in the World - looking forward to reading it. Good luck with #bookaday aspirations!

  4. Ooh! Wolf and Dog looks really good. Gonna have to add that one to the TBR pile!

  5. So far my holiday reading has been slow. Wolf and Dog looks fun. Thanks for sharing your reading!

  6. Thanks - these are all new books to me. I am really interested in THe Smartest Kids in the World. I will have to check that one out.

  7. Im intrigued by the smartest kids in the world. my field of specialization is in gifted and talented education, so this one, i think should be a fascinating read. thanks for sharing!


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