Monday, February 19, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading.  For more information and to find out what other bloggers are reading check out the host blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

Books I've Been Reading...

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

This book is exactly what the title implies, a book about being kind. The message, that all the little kindnesses we do add up to something big, is sweet. The book will also give children ideas about what they can do at home and at school to be kind. The acts of kindness in the book are simple, yet powerful because each small act can lead to another and another. For anyone looking to inspire kindness, this book is a great choice.

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

In his familiar style, Peter H. Reynolds has given us another short and sweet, but meaningful and inspirational story. Jerome is a word collector who knows the power of those words. This book will spark discussions about favorite words and the use of words to empower and transform. I could read this book, as well as many of Peter's other books, over and over again, both for the message and the art. I am looking forward to seeing Peter H. Reynolds in person this April. He is one of the keynote speakers at the Massachusetts Reading Association Annual Conference.

Bat and the Waiting Game by Elana K. Arnold

I loved A Boy Called Bat and have been eager to read this second book in the series. Bat continues to take care of his skunk, Thor, and navigate his relationships with family and friends as someone who sees the world a little differently. As Bat is on the autism spectrum, he is a model for those readers who face similar challenges in their lives. He is a charming and funny character who learns important life lessons. Thanks to the publisher for an advanced reader's copy of the book. The book publishes in March.

Jake the Fake Stands Up by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach

Jake discovered his talents as a comedian in the first book in this series. In this book, the fame associated with being a comedian goes to his head. Jake learns something about friendship and fame. There's a lot of humor in both this book and the previous one, Jake the Fake Keeps it Real. The numerous illustrations provide additional hilarity, the kind that kids appreciate. For readers who enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this is an alternative to offer. I received an advanced reader's copy of this book, thanks to the publisher, at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference.


  1. I'm hoping to get Be Kind soon, and loved The Word Collector. And I liked the first Bat, & that you liked this new one, Lisa. Have a great day!

  2. I still haven't read the Word Collector but one of these days...

  3. The Word Collector isn't yet available at my library so I have to wait for it, but hope to read it. This new Bat book is something to look forward to!

  4. Great minds think alike. I read Be Kind this week for #classroombookaday and Word Collector just came in the mail. I still haven't read Bat. Waiting for the second book's release so I can read both! Have a great week reading and relaxing!

  5. The Word Collector looks so good. I need to get my hands on that. I also think Jake the Fake series looks good. I haven't yet read this, but I'd love to test it out on my 12 year old -- especially since it's compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Thanks for the recommendations. Have a happy reading week!

  6. I can’t wait until I can get my hands on Be Kund! Looks like a book that young people need to read these days. Have a great week!

  7. I just ordered The Word Collector :) Loved Be Kind. So important for right now.

  8. I am super excited about Be Kind - but it's not available as yet in our library. I am intrigued by The Word Collector - there's also a similar title by Sonja Wimmer which I so enjoyed - and reviewed last year, I think. Do check it out too. Lots of word collectors! :)