It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 3-13-17

Thanks to our dynamic hosts: Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle at Unleashing Readers. Head to either blog to find reviews as well as dozens of links to other blogs filled with reviews and recommendations!

I didn't get too much accomplished as far as completing books goes, but I did work on a video in defense of children's lit, so that counts as something!
Scroll down for videos.

Books I've Recently Read:

Rain by Sam Usher
Templar Books, imprint of Candlewick Press, 2016

First off, this cover. The rain drops and title are textured in the most delightful way. There is absolutely no passing this book up once it is in your hands.
Feel the pain of a little boy longing to go play in the rain-one who is full of wonderful ideas on what to do on a rainy day.
Then prepare to be delighted when his granddad takes him on a fabulous rainy day adventure.
I've not been familiar with Sam Usher's work until now. The illustrations gave me warm fuzzy feelings because they so remind me of Quentin Blake's work.

I'm Currently Reading:

(Hence not having much finished...It was poor judgement to begin so many books around the same time!

I'm Reading Aloud to My 4th Graders:

This video was recently making the rounds on social media.

Here's my response.

Cheers to book love!

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. You don't need to defend children's lit to me! I appreciate your video response, but to be honest, I am irritated by the princess criteria in the first place. Princesses in children's lit today are pretty kick ass characters. It reminds me of all the people who want to avoid pink because it's too feminine and boys will avoid it. I will now stop writing before I get into an anti gendered rant!

    1. I hear you, princesses are fine no matter what! If we start deciding what children's books are "worthy" or not, we would be in a world of trouble!

  2. What the heck? Really? We need to defend children's literature? princess characters are ABUNDANT out there! Thanks for being a defender of all that is great Nicole!

    1. Ha, it's not much, and I usually can scroll by things that irritate me...but too many people were sharing the original video for me not to pipe up!

  3. Thanks for the good recommendations of books. I am always on the lookout for various types of books for the children I tutor. Thanks.
    ~ linda @

    1. You're so welcome!! It's more fun to read as a community, sharing the love, than alone :)

  4. I live in the rainy, rainy Pacific Northwest, so that Rain book is just about perfect for the kids at my library!

    And to be honest, I have a problem with the vilification of "princess" books. There's absolutely nothing wrong with little girls who want to read books about princesses being rescued by princes or who wear pink tutus! If girls want to be "girlie", that's A-Ok with me. What's wrong is when girls don't have other kinds of books available, or when girls are not allowed to read any other kinds of books, or when boys aren't allowed to read princess books! Choice, freedom and variety are the real keys here - read pretty pink princess books AND books about dinosaurs! Read books about brave knights in shining armor AND elephants! Read about ballet and math! Real all the books! :-)

    1. Read. All. The. Books. Yes! I need a bumper sticker with that saying!


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