A huge thanks also to Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye at Unleashing Readers for hosting the kid lit version of "It's Monday, What Are You Reading?"!!
#NCTE16 in Atlanta ended 8 days ago for me, and I am just now making the time to process all the learning. Which leads me to today's post for It's Monday, What are You Reading? Actually, a better title for me this week should be: It's Monday, What are You Planning on Reading in the Near Future? ;)
Publishers at NCTE are so kind - each year, they give away copies of upcoming books so that educators can share them in the classroom with their students. Who doesn't love a free book?!! But through the eight years I've been attending NCTE, I realize I've gotten a bit more selective in taking free books.
What I've come to realize is that I love talking to the representatives at the different publishing companies, asking them what books they are most excited about in the near future. This leads to conversations between two book lovers about why an upcoming book is a "must read." I found myself caught up in these conversations, in awe of different writers' talents, many of them new names to me, but some "old friends."
I'm sharing a picture of the stack that made it home with me. Some of them were generously shared in the exhibit hall; others were generously shared at publishing house events. These will be the books I look forward to reading in 2017. In fact, I wasn't going to read any of them yet, but I just couldn't resist one, in particular.
I loved Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan, and her latest is SHORT, due out in January of 2017. I will review it more in depth later, but let me say I loved this book, also!
|Just a few books on my |
|Just a few books on my|
My other reading, to begin tomorrow after a trip to the library, will be focused on informational picture books. I am woefully behind in reading the latest in this genre, so after the suggestions of friends who have read considerably more than me, I started to reserve books at the library.
After tomorrow, I will be curling up with piles of informational picture books. I know the Nerdy book nominations will open soon, and I hope to be an informed voter!!
I'm looking forward to what others are currently reading, as well as planning to read. Happy reading week to all!