Monday, July 30, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I've had a great week of reading, combining some professional books with several books that have been on my TBR from various recommendations, many from the great connections that Jen and Kellee provide through As always, thanks so much for hosting this Monday ritual!

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon caught me by surprise with humor and some serious character issues. Some of the jokes in this book really appealed to adult readers in  a way that reminded me of a Disney movie--Schreck comes to mind! I am definitely giving this one to my nephew who is a tough-to-engage-in-reading third grader.

Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jared Krosoczka also provided me with some good laughs. I still prefer a traditional narrative but I did appreciate this graphic novel. For students who don't love to read, graphic novels provide strong story lines and many opportunities for inferencing and interacting with text. This is another book I will share with my nephew!

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon is hilarious and a great mentor text for patterns. I've been reading the mentor texts for our younger elementary students. My daughters, who are older, heard me laughing when I read this one and they agreed that it is a really funny book.

I finally got to Hound Dog True by Linda Urban which had been on my list for a while. I loved that the main character is a writer and there are many mentor text opportunities in this book to help writers learn to develop characters and weave small moments into a larger plot.

I re-read Wonder by R.J. Palacio with my 10 year-old. If you haven't read this one, it's so worth it. I loved it just as much the second time. As I am writing this post, my twelve year-old is reading Wonder next to me. Occasionally, she chuckles or comments on the relationships and events. An amazing book!

Hard to believe that it's the last week of July. Enjoy your summer reading!


  1. Someday, I'm going to read those Dragonbreath books, love all the other ones you've read. I'm rereading Wonder, this time with my 6 year old. So far, he is enjoying it...

  2. You can't go wrong with Wonder. By far one of my favorite books of 2012 (in fact, if it hadn't been for The Fault in Our Stars, it would by my absolute favorite of 2012).

    1. We have similar tastes. I LOVED The Fault in Our Stars! I'm reading WIll Grayson, Will Grayson now and it hasn't grabbed me in the same way. I'm early into it though...