It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Mon Reading Button PB to YAI am excited to share with you what I have been reading this week and what I plan to read next week. I am using my friends Jen and Kellee’s awesome meme idea. Please check out their amazing blog Teach Mentor Texts.

A New Year means new reading goals for me and my 2nd grade students. I am going to share with my students my Goodreads goal of reading a book a day. I am also going to talk to them about my genre book gaps which include not reading many nonfiction books and also not reading much poetry. What can I say? I love fantasy and realistic fiction. We will talk about how to make short, reasonable goals for reading. My students will continue to use the website Biblionasium to keep track of the books they have read. In fact,  I already put a new book on each of my students desks from my classroom library. I’m hoping that will set the tone for reading in the New Year.

Since my personal challenge is to read more nonfiction picture books this year I am going to do the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge for 2013. It is hosted by Alyson Beecher at her amazing blog Kid Lit Frenzy! Check it out and join us!  Can you spot the excellent nonfiction picture book in the books I read this week?


Please look for these amazing titles at your local library!

liar and spy

Liar And Spy by Rebecca Stead

I am so glad I read Liar and Spy! I will talk more about my love for this book tomorrow in my Treat Tuesday post. It was the last book I needed to read to complete all the middle grade fiction books that won a Nerdy for 2012! Check out the list at the Nerdy Book Club blog. I can say that all 5 of the middle grade fiction books that won are amazing and definitely worth reading. So what are you waiting for? Check out the Nerdy award list! Happy reading!

Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein

The message of this book is pay it forward! Small wonderful acts like just a smile can have a ripple effect and change so many lives in a positive way. If you need a smile….pick up this book!

Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin

This nonfiction book is beautifully illustrated and so interesting. You will learn so much about the islands and the amazing animals that have adapted to live there throughout the years. I also really loved the additional information in the back of the book about Charles Darwin, the islands and the species that live nowhere else in the world but the islands.



Every Day by David Levithan

A fascinating read that has completely sucked me in! A page turner! Did I mention I can not get enough of this book? What will happen to the main character A as the character switches bodies each day? I can’t wait to find out!

So what have you been reading this week?  What are your book gaps? What will you be doing to set reading goals with your students? I look forward to hearing from you in the comments section.

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14 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. I’ve ordered Island, can’t wait! Loving your blog! 🙂

  2. David E. says:

    I’m endeavoring to read more NF too. I’ve read a bunch of NF picture books, but I think I need to push myself to longer NF reads…. At least a couple.

  3. Gigi McAllister says:

    I enjoyed Liar and Spy also. I am hoping to start using Biblionasium with my 4th graders soon. Do you find it to be user friendly?

  4. Niki Barnes says:

    I think Biblionasium is very user friendly. My 2nd graders love it! Also, the person/people running it are on Twitter. They are very helpful if you have any questions or need help.

  5. Allison Jackson says:

    Another great post, Niki! Funny you should mention Biblionasium; I was going to post a tweet tonight asking for people’s opinions. So your experiences with it have been good? What do you like best about it? Any problems at all? I’m trying everything I can to help my students build a reading life/identity of their own. Best way I can do that is to share my own, which includes using Goodreads, so want them to have a way of keeping track of their own reading. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

    • Niki Barnes says:

      The only thing I have to do with 2nd graders is make sure they are logging in books and not trying to spend all their time changing their Avatar. 😉 But other then that I love it!! And so do the students! Let me know what you think if you use it!

  6. Beth S. says:

    I’ve heard the audiobook of Every Day is amazing but, alas, my library doesn’t have it so I must figure out how to get my hands on a copy of the audio. I tried going through MEL but all of the copies were either checked out or not requestable. Oh well. I can wait.

  7. carriegelson says:

    Island was one of my favourite nonfiction reads of 2012. Just fantastic. I also LOVED Liar and Spy. Stead is brilliant.

  8. Liar & Spy-terrific, but wanted to say I’ve never heard of Biblionasium-sounds great, will look it up!

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