Monday, July 22, 2013

It's Monday!! What Are You Rading?

This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey.  The kid's version was started by Jen at Teach Mentor Text and Kellee at Unleashing Readers.

I've been doing a lot of reading last week because all the books that I put on hold, came in and I picked them up. Saturday was my reading day, I read 21 books!  I just loved being lazy and just reading!

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology PoemsI really enjoyed all that I read, but three stood out for me.  The first book was Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine.  Click here for a summary on Goodreads.  I just loved this poetry book.  Many of the poems made me laugh out loud.  I loved how Levine took some of the fairy tale stories, that most students are familiar with, and wrote "apology" poems.  I can see students who typically don't "like" poetry really enjoying this book.  I think I might try and write some of these with some of my older students during April, which is National Poetry Month.

I Haiku You
The next book that stood out was I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder.  Click here or a summary on Goodreads.  This was another poetry book.  I just love reading books that written in haiku.  I also enjoy writing them too.  (I'm really not good at it, but I enjoy the process!). Each haiku is very simple and about topics that kids can relate too.  Snyder's simple, but beautiful illustrations add so much to this book.  I'm buying a copy for my library, but also one for myself.

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave
The third book was, quite different than the other two.  The book was On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming.  Click here for a summary on Goodreads.  I had this book on my to-read list for quite a while.  I was so happy when I picked it up at the public library.  I started reading right away!  I knew this was going to be a book that I had to keep reading until I finished!  I really loved this one.  I can see some of my former students who are in Middle School who would LOVE this one.  They were the students who were always asking me for creepy and/or scary books.  I thought by having each "person" tell their own story was a very interesting way to approach the book.

Just went to the library this morning and picked up another two bags of books and put many on hold!  Right now I beginning to read the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan nominated books.  This is our state awards.  I'm excited this year because we now have a graphic novel category.  Click here to see all categories for the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan award.  Once you get to the page, just click on "Black-Eyed Susan" and a drop down menu will appear. Then click on the category you want to see.

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)


  1. I just bought "I Haiku You" and I loved it! :) I can't wait to read it with my students during our poetry unit!
    I also wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for a Liebster Award! Please visit my blog at for more info.

  2. Thank you for the award! I'm so honored... just gotta figure out when to look for other bloggers and answer the questions. There aren't enough hours in the day! Please don't think I've ignored it though! :-)