Monday, December 10, 2012

It's Monday - December 10th What are you reading?

Wow - has another week flown by already? It's been crazy.... or is that just my normal life now?

I wasn't going to try to cram in as many Nerdy Short List books as I could, but then my school librarian had a stack sitting on her desk. In a moment of weakness, I grabbed a pile off the picture books. Yet I also spent a good chunk of this week finishing up a second guest post for School Library Journal's Connect the Pop blog. (One goes live today at 10 AM, one tomorrow. Please read them!)

Thanks again to Teach Mentor Texts - Jen and Kellee - for graciously hosting this meme each week.


Graphic Novels:


Yay for Belly Flop! This one is just as wonderful as the first two. I loved the imagination, and the message about being yourself. My sons both devoured it (multiple times) and declared it "awesome".

Lio is a strange one, but I definitely liked it. Each page has a separate story (like comics in the newspaper), and there are a ton of literary allusions. A bit on the dark side, but I think upper elementary kids would both get it and like it. Middle school, too!


Nerdy Short List:

Wow, voting will be hard in the picture book category! 
Chopsticks was adorable. Cute, funny, and a great message about friendship.
This is Not My Hat - yes, I am just NOW reading it. I did it as a read-aloud to my second grade and they HOWLED in laughter. 
Extra Yard - I adored this one. Beautiful message about creativity. 


Poetry - 
I'd already read Forgive Me, but I needed to reread it to count it for my classroom 40 book challenge. So much fun! 


Science Fiction (Nerdy Short List for MG fiction)

I definitely loved this one - and my son did too. (5th grader). Cloak Society was my pick for this week's Sci Friday post! 


Biography
This isn't on the short list, but (in case you were under a rock) - THE HOBBIT comes out THIS WEEK! Oh, did I shout that? Sorry!

Again, I needed a biography for my 40 book challenge. As an added bonus THE HOBBIT comes out THIS WEEK! Biography isn't my favorite genre, but I enjoyed this one. I had no idea what a challenging life Tolkien had. 


What books do you still NEED to read this year?

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