Monday, May 19, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 5/19/14

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.

Just as I thought I was getting back into the swing of things, I have a week where I spent nearly every night out.  However, I did manage to squeeze in some fabulous books.

Here is what jumped out of the stack...

Mouseheart by Lisa Fiedler; Illustrated by Vivienne To - Click on the title to go to my post on this book.  There is also a giveaway happening.

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy; Illustrated by (Walden Pond Press, April 29, 2014) - It is so sad that the series is ending. I have really enjoyed this one and frequently hand sell it to people wherever I am.  If you click on the link, you can go to my post on this book and enter to win a copy.

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (First Second, May 13, 2014) - I feel like I have been waiting so long for this book, and I am so glad it is finally here.  It is the final installment in the trilogy, and I will miss Zita and her wonderful attitude.

If I Had a Raptor by George O'Connor (Candlewick Press, May 13, 2014) - O'Connor is well known for his Olympian Graphic Novels, but I have to say I really enjoyed this one. I love the illustrations in this book, and it would be a good choice to use when discussing with students the difference between what the text says and what the visuals are communicating.

The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy is Enlightening by Chris Raschka (Candlewick, May 13, 2014) - Interesting and a bit out there.  However, I suspect that Sun Ra, the musician, was also a bit out there. The illustrations are amazing.

It's An Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall (Greenwillow, April 22, 2014) - Hall uses his characteristic style to create a fun story with repetitive lines and the need to make predictions.

So, what are you reading?