It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


I spent the week before school acquiring a selection of books from my favourite used book store to add some more variety to my classroom library. These books were not on my to-read list, but they will hopefully be enjoyed by the students once they are placed in my classroom library. If you are web surfing and looking for other reading lists, check out the It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? link.


Operation Yes, by Sara Lewis Holmes

Living and going to school on an air force base has disadvantages for Bo, the son of the air force colonel. It also does not appeal to Bo’s cousin Gari, who was forced to live on base after her mom becomes a nurse in Iraq. But when their kind teacher, Miss Loupe, is given some terrible news, her students unite to try and solve her troubles. This book had heart, and showed some realistic character development. It was an enjoyable read.


50 Things You Should Know About The Second World War, by Simon Adams

Starting from the rise of Hitler, and ending with the postwar world, this book provides an extensive timeline of World War II. It did not provide any new pieces of information for me, but its small, digestible, and easy to read facts would be an interest to several students.


Who Was King Tut?, by Roberta Edwards

This book allows its reader to learn about King Tut’s biography, as well as the world of Ancient Egypt. It gave me some small pieces of information I did not already know, and I’m looking forward to using this resource in our class’ Ancient Egypt unit.


Extreme History, by Stewart Ross

In the same spirit as the Horrible Histories series, this book gives brief facts about the crazy and weird parts of history. I’m hoping it will be a good addition to the classroom library for my reluctant readers.


Lizards in the Sky: Animals Where You Least Expect Them, by Claire Eamer

I enjoyed reading about the unique environments of various animals around the world, and learned several new interesting facts. I would recommend this book for the budding scientists or collectors of curious facts in the classroom.


Speechless, by Jennifer Mook-Sang

Joseph “Jelly” Miles really wants to show up Victoria, the class pet and perfectionist, at the public speaking competition. Winning a brand new tablet won’t be too bad either. But with his struggle for finding the right speech topic, as well as his own computer and relationship troubles, it may be difficult to show everyone his true self. This book was a quick read, and I found the characters rather formulaic. However, I can see how students would enjoy the events in the story and would cheer for the main character.

I send good wishes to all teachers, administration, and students heading back to school tomorrow. Have a great first day back!


10 thoughts on “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  1. Lizards In The Sky is one I know I would like. You’ve shared many good titles, and that final Speechless also sounds good. Best wishes to you for a great week back, too.

    • Sara

      I was actually surprised by how much I liked Lizards in the Sky. I learned some neat facts that I can share with my students, such as the knowledge there is a species of underwater worm that distracts predators by throwing “glowing balls of bioluminescent material like miniature bombs”. What middle school student wouldn’t like hearing these weird facts? 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  2. Extreme History sounds like a good series for kids who are drawn to nonfiction, or who are discouraged by longer books. I like being able to offer books that kids can easily read in small pieces, that can make reading feel less intimidating or daunting. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sara

      Thanks for your comment! I find that a lot of my students this year like the non-fiction book titles, where they can gather information in small pieces and look at all the illustrations. Because of this, I’m trying to acquire more of these books for my classroom library.

    • Sara

      I originally picked up Speechless because I thought it would be a good read for my students as we start with our public speaking unit. I also like the information books where students can digest small pieces of information. I keep an eye out for them at used book stores once I realized that I did not have many in my personal classroom library. Thanks for your comment!

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