Monday, May 5, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 5/5/14

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey.  Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers have adapted it to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.

Though I did not have a lot of time for reading during the week, I did find some time to catch up on some reading this weekend. It feels good to get back into the swing of things. 

Here is what jumped out of the stack...

The Glitter Trap (Oh My Godmother #1) by Barbara Brauner & James Mattson; Illustrated by Abigail Halpin (Disney Hyperion, May 14, 2014) - I re-read this one in preparation for our Literacy Café with authors Brauner and Mattson. It is such a fun read and the students loved it. 

The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin; Illustrations by Kevin Cornell (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, April 8, 2014) - I love this series and the chicks who get into all sorts of mischief.  This is a lot of fun and would make a great read aloud to first and second graders.

Lulu'a Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst; Illustrated by Kevin Cornell (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, April 8, 2014) Well, Lulu is back and this time she has a babysitter while her parents are out of town.  In typical Lulu fashion, her babysitter must be a bit different in order to keep one step ahead of Lulu. Another great read aloud for first or second graders. 

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey; Illustrated by Dan Santat (Scholastic, April 29, 2014) - Dan Santat provides full-color artwork for Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta series. Lots of fun and great for second and third graders.

Naked! by Michael Ian Black; Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi  (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, April 29, 2014) - I really like the creative team of Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi. This follow up to I'm Bored! will also delight young readers.

Flight School by Lita Judge (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, April 15, 2014) - Fans of Lita Judge will enjoy reading this one about a penguin "who believes he has the soul of an eagle."  With some help from friends, this penguin has his dream come true.

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson; Illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, May 6, 2014) - This book imagines what it must have been like when slaves first learned that they were free.  The resources at the end were a nice addition.

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio; Illustrated by Christian Robinson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, June 3, 2014) - This book is not just for dog lovers, but anyone interested in celebrating his or her own uniqueness.

So, what are you reading?