Monthly Archives: January 2012

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts added their own twist by hosting a meme that focuses on kidlit, from picture books up to YA!

Finished for #nerdprintz challenge:


Hard Love

 Finished for pleasure:

Between Shades of Grey

Finished for #nerdcott:

The Man Who Walked Between Towers
The Hello, Goodbye Window
A Story, A Story
Kitten’s First Full Moon

This week, I’m planning to read:
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Printz Challenge)
The Book Thief (Audio)
Article 5 (Debut Author Challenge)
…and whichever Caldecotts I can check out from the library!

Happy reading!


Additional 2012 Challenges


Thanks to the inspiration of Kellee and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kristi at The Story Siren, I decided to add a couple other reading challenges to my plate this year.

My absolute favorite genre right now is dystopian, so when Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts mentioned she was joining in on the Dystopia 2012 challenge hosted by Bookish Ardour, I couldn’t resist! My goal right now is to complete the “Contagion” level, which consists of reading 15 dystopian books. So far my list consists of:

  1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  2. Crossed by Allie Condie
  3. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  4. Fever by Lauren DeStefano
  5. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  6. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  7. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  9. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  10. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  11. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  12. Bumped by Megan McCafferty
  13. Cinder  by Marissa Meyer (overlap to DAC)
  14. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (overlap from Printz challenge)
  15. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (overlap from Printz)

Jen from Teach Mentor Texts is participating in a YA Audiobook challenge hosted by A Book and a Latte. I have been wanting to check out some good audio books because I have an eight hour drive about every other weekend. That’s a lot of untapped reading time! I’ve heard great things about The Book Thief audio, so I can’t wait to listen to that. I’ll be relying on this Goodreads list of audio books that A Book and a Latte provided!

Finally, I want to participate in the Debut Author Challenge (DAC) that Kristi at The Story Siren hosts each year. This challenge consists of reading twelve YA debut novels during 2012. I’ll be relying on this Goodreads list for great title suggestions.

I’ll be posting reviews of books read for challenges. Also, I’ll keep up with what I’ve read in the Challenge tabs at the top of the blog. Such a fun reading journey this year will be!


Nerdcott has commenced!


After a visit to my local library (which has THE best children’s section!), I’m set for my start of #nerdcott. Lucky for me, the library had a display of Caldecott and Newbery titles ripe for the picking. I’m not participating in the #nerdbery challenge, but I saw some titles I loved on the shelf!

It was upon seeing this display that I changed my mentality for the #nerdcott challenge. Rather than trying to search for titles and wait for ILLs to come in, I’m just going to read winners that are available when they’re available…I mean, it’s supposed to be stress-free right?? I also decided that I would somewhat screen the books before trying to force them on my children. I only want them to have happy memories of reading!

I grabbed this stack of books (I think I practically cleared out the top two shelves) and made myself comfortable amid the moms and kiddos hanging in the children’s section.

I am including my favorite illustration for each book. The links for the titles will take you to my Goodreads review where I am including my thoughts about the illustrations as well as my favorite line from the story. Thanks to Mr. Schu for inspiring this format!

First up was Animals of the Bible, which was the original Caldecott winner in 1938. The “story” consisted of verses from the Bible along with illustration. “The Mighty Eagle” page was quite beautiful, and I love the verse(s) that accopanied the picture. Isaiah 40:28-31. With Christmas just recently passed, naturally the two illustrations with Christmas ties were fitting. The first is “Animals Around the Christmas Manger” from Luke 2:1, 3:7, and the second was titled “The Flocks of the Christmas Shepherds” from Luke 2:8-20.

Next I read Shadow, Chanticleer and the Fox, May I Bring a Friend?Smoky Night

Madeline’s Rescue (1954), Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (1976), and Song and Dance Man (1989).


Books I chose to share with my kids (ages 8.5, 4, 1.5):

  • Song and Dance Man
  • Madeline’s Rescue
  • May I Bring a Friend?

Books I chose as future teaching points:

  • Smoky Night — don’t judge people before you try to know them
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears — think before you (re)act!

How is your challenge journey going so far?