Monday, January 6, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading?

Thanks to Jen at TeachMentorText  and Kellee at UnleashingReaders for the weekly meme highlighting children's literature - picture books to young adult.  Don't forget to visit their sites so you can see what everyone else is reading this week!

Having a couple of weeks off from school has allowed me to read a lot.  Here's some highlights from my week.

Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins

Hank has an invisible friend, but he's not imaginary!  He's a bandipat from the Peruvian Woods of Mystery, and he helps Hank deal with the day to day problems of a school bully.  There are 2 sequels to the book also!

Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan

There's something about dogs that just make a our lives so much better!  In this book 4 dogs help a family cope when the father decides to leave.

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor
Georgina decides to steal a dog to help her homeless family find an apartment. A great story about a girl  in a horrible situation struggling to do what is right.

Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker
I just love the Clementine series.  I still crack up laughing every time she calls her little brother vegetable names!   In this installment Clementine has a difficult time adjusting to the family news.  (I won't give away the news.)

I read a few series that I have been meaning to try.  I enjoyed them and look forward to adding them to my class library.  I would consider these Early Chapter books, grade 2 and up.

Middle Grade and Young Adult books that I enjoyed.  Loved, loved Eleanor and Park.

Graphic Novels I enjoyed and recommend - The 26-Story Treehouse is more of a combination early chapter book and graphic novel.  While this installment of The Flying Beaver Brothers wasn't my favorite the series deserves a place in my class library.  I think my students will love those crazy beavers. And I continue to be a giant fan of Toon Books!  They do an awesome job of creating graphic novels that are high interest and that my reluctant readers can read independently.  

 In my search for more mentor texts for my upcoming personal narrative unit in writing workshop I came across these little gems.

If you want to see what else I read this past vacation please check out my Goodreads list!

Happy Reading!


  1. I also LOVED Eleanor and Park! How to Steal a Dog is another favourite of mine - perfect as a read aloud title! I read Clementine and the Family Meeting as a read aloud with my 2/3 class this year. We love Clementine and her funny names for her brother. Violet Mackerel is very popular in my room. A cute little series. Happy Reading in 2014!

    1. I was thinking of reading How to Steal a Dog to my second graders also. Glad to year you did.

  2. With the exception of Eleanor and Park and Lemoncello's Library, most of the titles you have here are truly unfamiliar to me, so I'm glad I chanced upon your site today. Thanks for sharing all these books, they all look very interesting. Have a great reading week!