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It’s Monday! Here’s what I’m Reading…

Happy Monday wherever you are! if you’re celebrating Cyber Monday, I hope you’re enjoying yourself.

Why not take a shopping break and read a book?

Here’s what I’m reading today:

There were Dinosaurs Everywhere by Howard Temperly

Here’s a sneak peak inside:

Long before my day and yours
The world was full of dinosaurs,
And where today our houses stand
Herds of them would roam the land,
From East to West and North to South,
From mountain top to river mouth,
Splashing about in river pools
Where now stand office blocks and schools,
Strutting about on springy legs,
Building nests and laying eggs,
From the Arctic Circle to Peru,
And all around the Equator too,
On land and sea and in the air,
There were dinosaurs everywhere….


a rhyming book about dinosaurs!

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It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

It’s Monday and I took a little hiatus to play along with the blogging from A to Z challenge!

I would now like to resume playing with with Sheila at Book Journey.

Here’s the haps:

Last week I read

I am Forbidden by Anouk Markovitz


Make it Stay by Joan Frank

This week I will be reading:

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

and Scary School by Derek the Ghost

What are YOU reading this week?

Books Diversity

it’s monday, what am i reading?

I’m back at it again. i’d put the book down last year or so and am determined to finish it this time.

What book is it?

this guy is funny, although the stories are not quite as funny as “me talk pretty one day”

but still good.

i love to chuckle out loud when i read, don’t you?

After I finish this I think I plan to read:

it was a freebie AND it’s about dogs so it should be fun!

what are YOU reading?

i’m linking here:

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It’s Monday, Here’s What I’m Reading!

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It’s Monday, what are you reading?

I have 3 books I want to highlight before the close of Black History Month.  During the month, I’ve tried to highlight books by and about African-Americans as well as other cultures, to make it more of a diverse feature, which is how I see it in my mind’s eye.

Momma, Where Are You From by Marie BradbyMomma, Where are you From is a sweet story.

When the Momma tells her little girl where she’s from, she doesn’t give specific locations, like city and a state; but rather tells her about the kinds of things she did while growing up. “I am from beans-green, lima, and pea-picked, strung, snapped, and shelled into pans, then put on the stove to simmer for an hour.”

This was the momma’s African-American childhood. Maybe it’s yours or someone you know?

The illustrations are sweet too.


The Boy Who Ran with the Gazelles by Marianna MayerThe Boy who Ran with the Gazelles is a story that depicts some sort of tribal family. The mother runs out of milk and gives her child to the pet gazelle to nurse.  The family heritage is unclear; it could be aboriginal of any country. I like that and I don’t. The ambiguity bothers me.  The illustrations, however, are a soft watercolor with muted shades of teal, browns, and oranges which add to the hieroglyphic feel of the story.  I can in no way support the idea of a child nursing from an animal. It’s just weird.  I thought perhaps the child had been separated from his family and was raised by the gazelles, but nursed? ew.

I guess I’m not as open-minded as I thought.


This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch by  Edith BaerThis is the Way we Eat Our Lunch delightfully depicts children from around the globe eating lunch. “Colombia  Fresh tamales, spicy hot! Flora loves them –who would not?”

Kids will love the rhymes and also discovering what other kids eat for lunch. I’m hungry reading this book…

p.s. “Max and Millie, willy-nilly, have their pretzels, a la Philly.”  I can vouch for pretzel eating here in Philly!



My thoughts about these books? Over all I give them 3 paws for representing multicultural lifestyles to children.

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It’s Monday and I’m Reading…

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Synopsis from

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Ok, so WHY am I reading this?  Two great reasons:

  1. I originally chose the title back in September for Banned Books week but didn’t get to it.
  2. My favorite book store, Trappe Book Center, which hosts my favorite book club, chose the title for the January meeting.

This gives me double the reason to read the book, right? What’s that you say (cupping ear)? Didn’t I read that in High School or College?  No.  I don’t remember. But I did see the movie. Ok some of it. Ok I’ve seen the scene with Gregory Peck in it. But anyway, what a great time to catch up on this famous read, right?

My take so far…Like!

Take a moment and head over to BookJourney and see what others are reading this Monday.  Go on…scoot!