It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Summer Preview – Part 2



It’s Monday and I’mIt’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week. Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers

This week, I am highlighting the rest of my list of summer previews!  In case you missed it, you can read Summer Previews – Part 1 here.


Dewey Bob – Judy Byron Schachner

This looks like it will be a charming book about a sweet raccoon who lives by himself with his many collections of treasures but is missing a friend.


Little Miss, Big Sis – Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Anything written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a winner – and with illustrations by Peter. H. Reynolds this is one to watch for!  The story explores the wonders of becoming a big sister and celebrating the arrival of a new baby into the family.


Water is Water – Miranda Paul

A beautiful, descriptive look at the water cycle.  This one is not only one to use for science but also a beautiful example of descriptive language and sensory images.


Rude Cakes – Rowboat Watkins

Who knew cakes were so rude?   A wacky book about manners.  This one looks like it will bring some laughs!


One Word From Sophia – Jim Averbeck

Sophia desperately wants a pet giraffe and tries varied techniques to convince her parents to get her one for her birthday. Looks playful and fun and will be a great addition to my list of “persuasive” anchor books!


What Pet Should I Get? – Dr. Seuss

A never-before-seen book by Dr. Seuss about a brother and sister trying to decide what pet to buy from the pet store.  I can’t wait to read this one!


I Yam a Donkey! – Cece Bell

Hysterical and silly look at grammar as a Yam lectures a clueless and grammatically challenged donkey.   A perfect book for all ages – great in an English class to discuss importance of using proper grammar.


Maple and Willow Apart – Lori Nichols

I’m looking forward to reading this third book in the charming  Maple and Willow series.  In this book, Willow has to adjust when Maple starts school.  I love the artwork in these books and the strong sibling bond.


Sea Rex – Molly Idle

I love everything Molly Idle writes.  I fell in love with Flora as she danced with a Flamingo and skated with a Penguin and am now looking forward to Cordelia swimming with her Sea Rex friend.


Something Extraordinary Ben Clanton

This looks like it will be a great anchor book for writing!  Have you ever wished for something extraordinary? Like the ability to fly? Or to breathe underwater? What if you could talk to animals?  What would you wish for?


Piper Green and the Fairy Tree – Ellen Potter

This is the first in a new early chapter book series about a girl who says everything that’s on her mind (for better or worse) and has something unusual in her front yard: a fairy tree. I’m sure this will be a popular one at my school!

Big Dog and Little Dog (Reader) – Dav Pilkey

This series originally came out as board books but are now available as Level 1 readers.   Looks like a sweet series by the master of the super wedgie!

Thanks for stopping by!  Which book or books have caught your eye?


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11 responses to “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Summer Preview – Part 2

  1. Great TBR list! I just came across several of these yesterday when I was catching up on my latest issue of The Horn Book. I think my third graders will get a kick out of I Yam a Donkey, especially!

  2. You’re so right, Adrienne, these all look like books to look for. I love that a new Maple & Willow is coming, & Something Extraordinary looks like another wonderful book for imagination & writing or drawing. Thanks for so many book looks for the future!

  3. I agree – lots of great titles to watch for! I think you would really enjoy I Yam a Donkey – it’s so funny and so clever – and it’s just been released. I also had noted that Something Extraordinary would be a great anchor for a writing lesson… “what would you wish for?” is something kids love to think about!

  4. So many gorgeous books Adrienne. I’m on the list for Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle from the VPL. I’m hoping to find money to purchase it. I agree that Molly Idle is grand. It was lovely to see sneak previews of this one at Serendipity this year.

  5. I’m looking forward to Something Extraordinary and Water Is Water. They both sound promising! Piper Green is a wonderful new character in a good transitional chapter book series. I can’t wait to share her with readers in the fall.

  6. I love the look of One Word from Sophia – thinking of so many books it would pair well with . . .

  7. Oh my, what a wonderful array of picture books! 🙂 Can’t wait to read every single one!!! Happy reading to you.

  8. I’m a fan of the Maple and Willow series – great to hear that there’s a third book! Picturebook love here! Enjoyed seeing all the new-to-me titles. Thanks Adrienne!

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