Monday, March 24, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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.

This has been a busy week, but I still have managed to sneak in some reading! I got to read a few great picture books, Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy and Picture Day Perfection written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Santant. I also got to read a lot of chapter books, Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker, Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder, Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets by Kate Messner, Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue by Tom Angleberger and A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. I actually read A Snicker of Magic two weeks ago, but didn't get a chance to write about it.

14843178I'm going to have to split my post into two parts because I need to get up early tomorrow morning. I just loved Hoop Genius by John Coy! Click here for a description on Goodreads. I'm always fascinated by how games like basketball, baseball, and football were invented. These games have always been around in our lifetime so we don't usually give a though to how and why the game was created. I thought that it was great that a teacher was the one to invent basketball. I've got a student who is CRAZY about basketball, every time he checks out he as at least one basketball book. I can't wait to share this book with him.

Picture Day Perfection written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Santat was such a fun story! Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Anything having to do with picture day at school is always highly amusing! This book brought back memories of my first grade pictures, that my mother hated! I had all four of my front teeth missing, a huge hole, and I would not open my mouth to smile. The ending of the book was a surprise, but one that I liked. The illustrations by Dan Santant are, as always, incredible. His illustrations always add even more life to a wonderful story.

Part two with the reviews about the chapter books will be posted later today. Also I'll have another post up relating to The Ninja Librarian book. 

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)


  1. I loved Picture Day Perfection. My students wrote some amazing reviews of this book that I was pleased to share with Deborah. What a fun idea for a story!

  2. Hi there Stacey. I know what you mean about Hoop Genius, I just loved that picturebook. I used it in my higher-degree class as well. My husband is such a huge basketball fan that I actually read this one aloud to him. :)