It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/21/16

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.

Last Weeks Books:

Since I am reading such an epic fiction novel just for me (see below), I decided to supplement with a little bit of nonfiction this week.

fireflyReading What If My Cat?  by Claire Arrowsmith is a direct result of Firefly, the new kitten at our house. It has been about 10 years since we last had a kitten, and I feel I have become a little rusty at the let-us-introduce-her-to-the-old-cat-and-hope-there-is-no-bloodshed thing. So far, so good, and the book did give some good tips for introducing new cats to other pets and children. It also gives good basic information to first-time cat owners. I will definitely recommend it to students who are welcoming a new kitty into their lives.


First Flight Around the World by Tim Grove was written in conjunction with the Smithsonian and supplies readers with lots of information and photographs from its archives. It tells the story of the 1924 race to be the first to circumnavigate the earth in an airplane. America sent out four planes, and two of them were successful in completing the mission and ensuring that the United States was the winner. Grove made heavy use of the journal of First Lieutenant Leslie Arnold, the mechanic on the Chicago, one of the planes that made it, and the details of flight preparation, navigation, and the stops along the way are riveting. Readers will learn much about the world in the 1920s as well. What’s more, it is a beautifully designed book which will keep readers engaged and will compel them to examine the many photographs. Back matter is excellent, including all those elements that make an informational text stand out. It is no wonder that this book was a finalist for the YALSA-ALA Excellence in YA Nonfiction Award.

(Still) Currently Reading/Listening To:

(Still) On Deck:

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