Monday, May 8, 2017

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.

What I've Been Reading...

Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton

This picture book is the perfect blend of information and humor. The narrator is trying to convince her friend Edgar to love bees, in a similar comic style of the author's previous book I'm Trying to Love Spiders. Barton's style is a fun and engaging way to present an informational book. The information about bees will fascinate readers and, hopefully, also help them to see the importance of bees.

The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert

Ms. Linda wins the lottery and agrees to share it with all the students in her class. Each chapter is about a student (or in one case a hamster) and tells what that student did with the winnings. Each chapter is quite funny, showing that winning the lottery isn't always lucky. This is a fun and silly book of stories about a class of children, which reminded me of Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Because the stories are short, interesting, and funny, I think this book will appeal to my reluctant readers and those transitioning to chapter books. This book publishes in June.

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Crow, now twelve years old, has been living on a small island where she washed ashore when she was just a few hours old. Crow is curious about her past and convinces her adoptive father and neighbor to investigate her past and the island where she believes she could have been born. This is a story about family and finding one's place, but it also contains a mystery as Crow tries to put together pieces of her past and the present to figure out her past. I enjoyed the setting of this book since I live in Massachusetts and the book is set on islands off the coast of Massachusetts. I also thought the writing was beautiful and there is something to learn about history, as the book is set in the 1920's. 


  1. All three sounds like I need to read them, Lisa. I like the idea of Beyond The Bright Sea and know I'll enjoy the Bee book. I liked the spider book very much. Thanks for sharing Classroom 13, too. What a fun idea!

  2. Love Bees and Bright Sea. Wolk is an amazing writer.
    I have Unlucky Lottery Winners to read and review. Looking forward to a new transitional chapter book.

  3. I haven't read Beyond the Bright Sea but I loved Wolf Hollow. Sounds really interesting.

  4. Bees I can love, spiders, not so much. I'm looking forward to reading Beyond the Bright Sea. Even though I wasn't enthralled with Wolf Hollow, Lauren Wolk can really write!

  5. Bees are so important!! I'm glad to see them getting more and more love in books - I was definitely one of those kids who would run screaming for the hills whenever I saw a bee.. ;-)

  6. I'm Trying to Love Spiders is very popular in my classroom library. So, I'm excited to learn Bethany Barton has written a new book. I'll have to look for it! Have a great week!

  7. Thanks for telling us about The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 - It is so helpful to have fun short stories that students love to read.

  8. The book cover of Beyond the Bright Sea looks soothing - and seems like a quiet leisurely read. Thanks for sharing!