Monday, July 1, 2019

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. To find out what other bloggers are reading, check out the host blogs or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

I’m Trying to Love Math by Bethany Barton

The narrator of the book expresses his dislike of math which, he points out, is something he has in common with about 40% of Americans. A space alien tries to convince the narrator to like math more by explaining that math is a part of everyday things like baking, traveling, and making music. Those with a math phobia (like myself) may not be cured by the end of the book, but it’s an amusing look at math and numbers.

Linus: The Little Yellow Pencil by Scott Magoon

Linus wants to enter the art show, but he loses his enthusiasm and confidence when Ernie, his eraser, criticizes his work. Thanks to the advice of some pencil shavings, Linus puts his talents to use and, with Ernie’s help, creates a unique work of art. The illustrations are fabulous and there is a nice message message about having confidence in one’s abilities.

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School by Mo Willems

The Pigeon does not want to go to school and tries his hardest to resist. In his dialogue about school, he expresses the same fears and anxieties that many students have felt upon starting school. Of course, the Pigeon is as funny as ever. This will be a perfect book to read to students at the beginning of the year whether they are fans of the Pigeon or just being introduced to him. The book publishes in July.

Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj

When Karina's grandfather moves in with her family, he starts to tutor Chris, one of her neighbors and classmates. Although Karina and Chris never were never friends, they end up spending more time together. As the three are walking home from school one day, Karina's grandfather, an Indian American, is the victim of a hate crime. As Karina and Chris work through what happened, they decide to speak out. This book tells a relevant story about the importance of speaking out against hate and shows how one can make a difference in the world. Thanks to the publisher, Nancy Paulsen Books, for an advance reading copy. The book publishes in August.


  1. All new picture books to me, Lisa. They & Count Me In sound great. I like your description of Count Me In, might be a great readaloud for a class. Thanks!

  2. I can hardly wait for The Pigeon HAS to Go to School. As someone who loves math, I can't quite understand people's phobia. When I was teaching, my goal wasn't so much to teach math, as it was to teach children to love it. I'll be looking for a copy of I’m Trying to Love Math.

  3. I’m Trying to Love Math looks hilarious, Lisa! I'm adding this one to my list. And I'm always down for another Mo Willems book -- looking forward to reading The Pigeon HAS to Go to School. Have a wonderful reading week, Lisa!

  4. I loved I'm Trying to Love Spiders (although I still failed when I found a huge spider in my shower this morning!), so I definitely need to check out I'm Trying to Love Math. That looks like a good one for the start of the school year. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

  5. I absolutely loved Linus! I just ordered Count Me In - thanks for the recommendation.

  6. Count Me In caught my eye - sounds like a multicultural title that I NEED to have.
    Enjoy your week!

  7. I really liked I'm Trying to Love Spiders, so I will look out for the companion. Although I already love math, and I'm still working on the spider one.

  8. I just signed up for my turn for I'm Trying to Love Math. Count Me In is next up in my TBR pile and my copy of Pigeon arrived this week.