It's Monday! What are you reading? 10/15/12

Jen and Kellee host a weekly meme called "What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA." It encourages you to share what you read during the previous week and to plan what you're going to read/review during the current week. Thank you, Kelly and Jen, for hosting this fun meme

Nighttime Ninja. Written by Barbara DaCosta. Art by Ed Young. Little, Brown and Company, 2012. Interest level: K-2. 

When will I recommend Nighttime Ninja

1. A kindergarten teacher: "I love doing creative drama exercises with my students. Can you help me find an interesting and engaging picture book that's good for a narrative pantomime activity?"

2. A third-grade teacher: "My son is going to be a ninja for Halloween. Can you recommend a picture book with a ninja as a main character?" 

3. Colby Sharp: "We need to work on our 2013 Mock Caldecott list." 

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy. Written and illustrated by Jan Thomas. Simon and Schuster, 2012. Interest level: K-2. 

When will I recommend Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy


Dear Wonderful Music Teacher, 

I placed a copy of  Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy in your mailbox. It's a hilarious and catchy picture book that I think you'll want to share with our students. If you visit, you can hear Cowboy sing. 

Have a great day!


2. A first grader: "I love Rhyming Dust Bunnies and Is Everyone Ready for Fun? Does that author have any other books?" 

3. An art teacher: "I'm teaching third graders about digitally created illustrations. Can you pull some examples?" 

I re-read the November selections for the Sharp-Schu Book Club. 

Homesick by Kate Klise

The High King by Lloyd Alexander 


  1. Oh, thanks for recommending Nighttime Ninja and Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy. I think both will be great for reading with my preschool son.

  2. Just finished LIAR AND SPY with my boys and am reading QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING.

  3. Oh, I want to read Homesick! I love Kate Klise!

  4. Love the cover of Homesick. Need to look it up.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  5. This is my first time commenting on your blog. First, I wanted to say hello (I'm a serious fan of the Sharp/Schu Universe! :). Second, I wanted to let you know that I had an opportunity to hear Sharon Creech speak on Saturday at The Southern Festival of Books. Her talk was inspiring and lovely (of course) and, at the very end, she mentioned your wonderful blog. I nearly stood up and cheered. :)

    I'm currently reading The Seven Tales of Trinket by Shelly Moore Thomas (which is delightful). Behind that, I have Penelope Crumb by Shawn Stout. Thanks for your blog and twitter! I've discovered so many fun books because of you!

  6. Dear Natalie: Thank you for your very kind comment! Happy reading! -John


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