World Read Aloud Day, 2018 (#WRAD18) is in the books. I had a blast. One of my favorite parts about the day is reading a tiny bit of my own novel, then sharing what else I'm reading/ loving with the classes via super fun SKYPE visits.
So, here's what I shared, and because it's Monday, here are my IT'S MONDAY WHAT ARE YOU READING books.
Did you know there's a new "Al Capone" book coming this spring? I'm a huge fan. It was such an honor to meet Gennifer Choldenko last year at our Miami SCBWI event.
I'm rereading this book (which she signed!) in anticipation of the newest one, AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE. (Click here for the cover reveal- fun!)
I recommended the "Al Capone" books to a group of kids on World Read Aloud Day, and some already knew and loved them. But I think I drummed up some new fans, too.
"Don't let the gangsters do your homework."
I also told one of the classes about Barbara O'Connor's book, WISH, a personal favorite. An audible gasp came over the airwaves. One of the literature groups was in the middle of reading this absolute best story of Girl Meets Dog. I had no idea! I promise, it wasn't planned!
But- and hold on to your seats, readers- Barbara has a new book, coming soon:
Nope, I haven't read it. But I have had a few sneak peeks at the subject matter, and we're in for another terrific story.
Put this one on your order list for this spring.
(Barbara's box of ARCs, recently delivered and prepped for a giveaway closer to pub date.)
What else am I reading today?
THE TRUTH AS TOLD BY MASON BUTTLE, and oh how I love Leslie Connor's newest middle-grade novel. A cast of funny, complicated, endearing characters (even the bully has a few redeeming characteristics- so far!), writing that sparkles, a plot that makes you keep turning the pages. I'm only a little more than halfway through, but I highly recommend this one.
Just for fun, here are some of the super readers from my WORLD READ ALOUD DAY.
(If you missed inviting an author this year, watch Kate Messner's blog in 2019 for the list.)
Razorback fans in Pearland, Texas!
I was excited to tell them about MAKING FRIENDS WITH BILLY WONG, which has both a Texas and an Arkansas connection.
See that reflection in the picture? That's the palm tree outside my window. Most of the classes I read to on World Read Aloud Day live in really cold places- Saskatchewan! I read THE WAY TO STAY IN DESTINY, hoping to warm them up.
Look at this- Imagination Glasses!
This teacher in Downers Grove, Illinois, was the very first to invite me to read to her very enthusiastic readers.
(Authors love it when you hold up our books for a photo!)
That's what I've been reading/ doing. How about you?