It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What are You Reading? 8/21/17

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading.  Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

Here are Etta’s and my reads of the week-

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall


Jabari is full of pride and excitement after passing his swimming test.  He boldly states he will jump off the diving board that very day.  But proclaiming it and actually going through with his declaration are two completely different things.  With his encouraging and supportive father at his side, will Jabari gain the confidence he needs to make the jump?  This is a fabulous read aloud to teach children the importance of perseverance.

Rambler Steals Home by Carter Higgins


Derby, her brother, Triple and father, Garland are always on the road in their Rambler, but each summer, the Clark family make Ridge Creek, Virginia their home. They park the RV and set up Garland’s Grill selling burgers and fries (sweet potatoes thanks to Derby) after minor league Rockskipper baseball games.

Being a rambler for most of the young life, Derby yearns for place to plant her roots, and Ridge Creek is the closest thing to home.  She always receives the warmest and loving welcome from June Mattingly who runs the Rockskipper’s ticket office.  Derby also gets to reconnect with her good friend Marcus.

Not long after returning to Ridge Creek, Derby learns unfortunate news which moves her to take action.  Enlisting the help of Marcus, Derby embarks on a plan to help someone she deeply cares about.  Derby’s plan does not turn out exactly as she hoped but she learns from her father that “sometimes big hearts make bad decisions.” Derby also learns the valuable lesson that while her “house has wheels, her heart has roots” in Ridge Creek which makes her truly understand how lucky she really is.

Rambler Steals Home is a story full of heart and soul.  You will instantly fall in love with wishful Derby, her unconventional father, and turtle loving brother along with all the Ridge Creek townspeople. Carter Higgins’ vivid writing transports you to the town of Ridge Creek and beautifully expresses Derby’s hopes and emotions.

Thank you to Carter Higgins for providing our #bookexcursion group with a copy of Rambler Comes Home.

What Makes a Monster by Jess Keating with illustrations by David DeGrand


I will be launching #classroombookaday with a teacher at my school and know I need to find more non-fiction picture books.  Well, look no further than Jess Keating.

My students absolutely loved Pink is for Blobfish so Etta and I were so excited to have the opportunity to read What Makes a Monster.

The format of What Makes a Monster is similar to Pink is for Blobfish.  Kids will love learning facts about animals such as the horror frog, the deathstalker scorpion, and the goblin shark.  But who knew to beware of the prairie dog?

At the end of the book, there are interactive pages for children to decide what truly makes a monster and a fabulous glossary of bold faced words in the text, which makes this reading specialist’s heart happy!

Thank you to Jess Keating for providing our #bookexcursion group with a copy of What Makes a Monster.

Pets on the Loose: The Great Art Caper by Victoria Jamieson

Pets on Loose

The Great Pet Escape, the first in the Pets on the Loose Series was a huge hit with my students.  The Great Art Caper, which is the second in this graphic novel series was released right after school ended; I cannot wait to share this new adventure with students in September.

The second grade class pet, a hamster named GW (short for George Washington)  has developed a friendship with a student, Carina.  GW finds out that Carina’s artwork was selected for the school’s art show and he wants to give her a gift.  With the help of his fellow class pets, Sunflower, a gerbil and Barry, a rabbit, GW embarks on an adventure to the second floor art room to create his unique gift.  But wait! Harriet, the conniving mouse and her minion mice are located on the second floor along with Lucinda the snake.   During their journey, GW, Sunflower, and Barry discover Harriet and her minions are planning to sabotage the art show.  Can these class pets stop them before it’s too late? Read this humorous and engaging graphic novel to find out!

Wild About Us by Karen Beaumount  Illustrated by Janet Stevens


This fun picture book is all about celebrating differences.  Each animal joyfully shares what they are proud of from a toothy grin to huge feet.  The message is simple yet powerful; it is important to be happy in your own skin.  Wild About Us is an excellent read aloud that reminds students “it would be such a shame, if we all looked the same.”

Thank you so much for reading!  Etta and I hope you have a fabulous week!

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