Monday, June 15, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/15/15

Head over and meet Jen & Kellee at www.teachmentortexts.com and www.unleashingreaders.com for more on this awesome meme. There are many other
"It's Monday" links.

I read some great books this past week! I borrowed an idea from Katherine Sokolowski (@katsok) and just took a screen capture of my Goodreads page. Thanks for the idea!

Books I Read Last Week...

Every book I read this week was enjoyable. I especially look forward to sharing Where Are My Books? and I Wish You More with my students in the fall. Of course, Babymouse is a hit in my classroom already and the newest book in the series, about Babymouse becoming a babysitter, is a hoot. There are so many small details in the Babymouse books that truly are gifts to readers. I also LOVED the gentle nod to Comics Squad: Recess! (Babymouse is reading that early in the book.)

I really enjoyed Stella Brings the Family, but I felt that it missed a big opportunity at the end. A boy is Stella's class becomes worried about the upcoming Father's Day celebration because he has two moms and doesn't have a dad to invite. The whole message of the book is that family is bigger than just your parents' gender and extends to your larger family. I would've liked to see a different ending to the book.

I am so happy I met Grandma Dowdel this summer. Thanks to my friend, Tammy, who recommended the series to me. She did not like A Year Down Yonder as much as A Long Way from Chicago, but I did. I may have liked A Year Down Yonder more, in fact. I felt that I got a deeper understanding of Grandma through the eyes of Mary Alice. There were less laugh-out-loud moments for me, however.

What are you reading, friends?

6 comments:

  1. Great books! I just received a copy of I Wish You More in my Scholastic order just today. Looking forward to reading it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It has such a great message! :) Hope you enjoyed it.

      Delete
  2. I've read most of these, but still need to get to My Pen and Where are My Books? Those are two I am looking forward to reading. Grandma Dowdel is a hoot.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, she is. A true literary legend :) Hope you found the other books to read.

      Delete
  3. I've been meaning to find The Pen for quite awhile now. Glad to see you rated it quite highly. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I just loved it. It's beautifully illustrated, too.

      Delete