Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Eighth Day and other delights. It's Monday, What Are You Reading May, 12, 2014

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 from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki of Unleashing Readers and have become a regular linked up blog. Thanks #PLN

Mother's Day Reads:

Mommy, Do You Love Me?Mommy, Do You Love Me? by Jeanne Willis

A sweet book featuring a little chick who attempts to push the boundaries of how far he can go before his mother might stop loving him. PI love the book because the mom even makes a funny face-which is good for a preschool audience laugh. Perfect book as a Mother's Day read aloud.

Whose Baby Am I?Whose Baby Am I? by John Butler

When reading several parent-child books together, this question-answer book provides a smooth transition between stories and allow preschoolers to actively take part in story.

 Are You My Mother?Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Five stars because it has been a favorite of mine since I was a wee one. I love to perform this as a read aloud using a small bird's voice that sounds like a preschooler. Children are transfixed by this story and listen attentively. A perfect book for Mother's Day.

Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle SchoolPickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim  Baker

Lots of fun to read but now students are asking for books about pranks and that leads to a slippery slope.

Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

I am a bit of a chicken when it comes to scary books so I was hesitant to read Rot and Ruin but if I want to have it on my library shelves, then I need to be able to talk with my students about it. I took the plunge and was hooked. Maberry certainly has some good writing chops and did a great job creating his characters. I look forward to reading the rest of Benny Imrua adventures.

Currently reading:

Harper Collins sent several books to my Librarian Meet Up group. The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni was one of the titles I chose based on the description. It really caught my eye. It is the story of Jax Aubrey, recently orphaned and about to turn thirteen. A scruffy looking eighteen year old boy, Riley shows up with proof that he is Jax's legal guardian and takes him away from his cousin's house. Jax is unhappy and can't believe so many adults seem to suddenly agree that Riley is the proper person to oversee Jax's well being. It's like he has a magic touch with adults. Maybe he does. Then after Jax's thirteenth birthday, he wakes up to find the whole population of his town has gone missing and he is all alone, or is he? Terrified, he breaks into the Walmart to get survival supplies. When he wakes on the following day, everything is back to normal. Is he going crazy? No, he has discovered he can exist on the eighth day-Grunsday-the day that falls between Wednesday and Thursday. What a great adventure story and perfect for middle grade readers who want a bit of science fiction in their reading diet.

Happy Children's Book Week!


  1. Mother's Day was on my mind as I was reading this week. I finished reading John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Ma Joad is such a great literary mother!

  2. Great literary Mothers would make for a good blog post.

  3. Rot and Ruin was one of my students' favorites. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it. Perhaps, I should yank it off my shelf and read it now!! Have a fantastic reading week! :)

  4. I just picked up Pickle from the library today! I have The 8th Day... one day I'll get to it. Sounds like a good one! Have a great reading week!

  5. Hello there Julee, how awesome to find PD Eastman's Are you my Mother? here - one of my absolute favourites too as I was growing up. So heartbreaking in some parts for me, such a classic. Great Mothers' Day selections here, thank you for highlighting these books. Been hearing a lot about Rot & Ruin, hope to find that one someday.

  6. Wow, the Eighth Day looks like a title my son would love. Thanks for recommending. Are you a Mother is still a favourite for so many!

  7. My husband has been trying to get me to read Rot & Ruin. Not the kind of book I usually read, but it does sound intriguing. Mommy Do You Love Me sounds like one I need to get--thanks for recommending!


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