Monday, June 17, 2013

It's Monday, What are You Reading June 17, 2013

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it at Teach Mentor Texts. 

Professional Development:
Notice and Note by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst

N and N has been a very useful reading strategy professional development read. The authors offer helpful strategies to assist student's in identifying six important "signposts" or markers and through use of  six anchor questions. Along with reading N and N, I have been participating in the Twitter book study under the hashtag #nnnchat with the last chat taking place this Thursday, June 20th at 8 p.m. CST/9 EST. The first two chats were filled with insightful observations from a very diverse group of teachers, librarians, literacy coaches and reading advocates. 
This week I read:
Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
by Lutricia Clifton
What a wonderful story this is. The cover lacked so much personality that I have long neglected to read it even though it is on the 2013-2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award master list. I am looking forward to book talking it with students in the fall and am currently working on my Freaky Fast Frankie Joe lesson plans which I will eventually add to my 2013 Bluebonnet Book Club wiki.

I liked book chatting about this TBA nominee with @utalaniz, a fellow Texas librarian who is also engaged in reaching out to readers through state award nominated titles.

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett was so wonderful. The cover had not appealed to me in the beginning but I soon fell in love with this beautiful and adventure filled story. I HIGHLY recommend Hold Fast and it will be a prominent part on my 2013-2014 library collection.

I received great book chat feedback from these fellow book lovers: @shannonclark7, @kelleemoye, @utalaniz, @libraryfanatic, @middlegrdreads, @jluss @Lori_A-Carter

Library Hold List
I was very happy to receive notice this week that these two goodies had come available from my library Hold List. I am planning a quiet reading weekend. Ha! That will never happen but I still like to pretend. (update: as predicted, my twin daughters created much drama so total lack of sleep. Thanks goodness I can escape into books).

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell  proved to be a delightful romance/social issue read. Unfortunately, this will not be a good match for my elementary school library but I will recommend it to my HS library buddies as a must have. My age definitely showed through as I was easily able to get the 80's references.

I had a lot of fun book chatting Eleanor and Park with @rainbowrowell @shannonclark7, @got_wanderlust, @mselke01, and @librarygrl2

Ok, now who is going to read a book with me this week? I start with Sapphire Blue and will be open to other suggestions. I am thinking something edgy-Emerald Atlas, Eleventh Plague, The 5th Wave, etc.

Sapphire Blue, by Kerstin Gier, is the sequel to Ruby Red, a science fiction fantasy involving time travel, I am just starting this title. I loved Ruby Red and look forward to reading Emerald Green as soon as it is released in America in October 2013. The series has been translated from German and a German version movie is in the works. 

Audio Books this week:

I like to listen to books at work. I read Divergent last year so decided to was time to re-visit the series as I go through my annual YA Summer Reads. This was one of my favorites and I look forward to reading Allegiant when it finally becomes available in 126 days!
I love to return to the Harry Potter series every year finishing up by Harry's and J. K. Rowling's birthdays on July 31st. This is my present to the duo. As I piddled around cleaning up my post-kids library this week, I listened and remembered all those great little tidbits that the HP movies were not able to squeeze in. One of my favorite parts is the Headless Hunt banquet that occurs in HP and the Chamber of Secrets. TRIVIA QUESTION: What year was Harry Potter born?

It is hard to believe that it's been 15 years since Harry Potter magically appeared in our literary world. I am looking forward to stocking my library shelves with the new updated cover September 2013. My library copies are barely holding themselves together due to all the love they receive. I kind of like the European version of HP and the Chamber of Secrets shown here on the right side of this page.
Very pretty! New cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Make a Magic Wand craft
Here is an amazing "make  your own magic wand" craft to help celebrate the new book cover.  
I am suggesting we create this activity at our next Librarian Hang Out. 


  1. It took me a while to read Hold Fast as well and wow, was I glad that I did! I highly recommend The Emerald Atlas - I read it aloud to my children (twins as well btw!) and it was fantastic!

    1. Emerald Atlas is beginning to sound better and better now that I know a sequel is available. The Fire Chronicle. Great titles.

  2. Now I must try making a wand.

    Hold Fast is on my shelf. Haven't read it yet, though.

    Freaky Fast ... I know, I know. Please don't hate me but I find it hard to read all of the Bluebonnets ... I LOVE reading kid lit but frankly, am not always super impressed with the committee choices. So I haven't gotten to that one yet. Sounds like I should? Sometimes I have been pleasantly surprised in the past. I don't know if it's me subliminally influencing the kids or what ... we have lots of readers at my school but have never had great Bluebonnet participation. We're stubborn and like to pick books for ourselves.

    1. I really like this batch of Bluebonnets but I might have to agree with you on some past choices. You won't find a librarian in the state who is more supportive of the power of choice in reading than I am. I feel like I go into battle each day having to shoot down prejudice against books kids are drawn to like graphic novels, I SPY, origami, World Record books, military/war books etc. I even have huge banners up proclaiming student's right to have "The power of Choice" in their own pleasure reading. The library is my classroom and our message is FREEDOM!(picture Mel Gibson in Braveheart). I have great Bluebonnet participation because I find the books to be engaging and that gets kids excited. I also let them demonstrate their understanding of the book they read through creative art/multimedia collaborations. Some also choose to answer a quiz type format but the quizzes are also created by students, not me. Via la Bluebonnets!

  3. I loved Hold Fast and the magical language in the story. I have Ruby Red on my TBR shelf and it may just have moved up to the top of the pile. I love your tribute to Harry Potter. What a great idea to have an annual re-read. I may just have to join you in this one!

  4. I hope you decided to pick up Harry Potter for a July read. Check out for new chapters in the Harry Potter series and play a few games. It's so cool.


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