Monday, July 16, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Thanks to all of you out there for so many recommendations to keep my TBR stack high this summer. I shared the website with our local librarian and she is a new fan so keep the recommendations coming; she is using them to help her put together orders!

I dedicated a lot of my reading time to professional reading this week but one of my favorite fictional reads was The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine. Because my ten year-old daughter struggles with math and the main character has dyscalculia, I picked it up at the book store and read it before I gave it to her. While the struggle with math was not the main force of the plot, this book has many issues and messages! With humor and an engaging plot, this book offers opportunities to talk about resilience, acceptance, initiative, priorities, and even global struggles. I'd recommend it for boys and girls as a read-aloud or a great independent read for upper elementary students.

Enjoy the pace of the summer and happy reading!


  1. I adore Kathryn Erskine so I need to read this one. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Oooh... my boys both have learning disabilities so they might really enjoy this book. That's definitely going in the TBR pile.

  3. Thanks so much for this recommendation . . . we too have some issues with math and our 10yo daughter. I'll be checking it out!