It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Myra here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.

These two picturebooks are perfect for our reading theme as they celebrate so beautifully the love for and commitment to reading.

Books Always Everywhere

Written by: Jane Blatt Illustrated by: Sarah Massini
Published by: Nosy Crow, 2013 Literary Award: CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Read (2015)
ISBN: 085763089X (ISBN13: 9780857630896)
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

With only two to four words per page, this picturebook for very young readers shows how books can surround a young child, take many forms, and can be read and shared anytime anywhere.

I enjoyed the book’s simplicity, the matter-of-fact inclusion of a diverse set of characters without making a big deal of it, the typography that is easily recognizable to a beginning reader, and the constant movement of the young ones who clearly love books and reading.

If anything, this lovely picturebook would entice your young reader to go grab a book stat and read anywhere and everywhere, rain or shine.

The Book Boat’s In

Written by: Cynthia Cotten Illustrated by: Frané Lessac
Published by: Holiday House, 2013
ISBN: 0823425215 (ISBN13: 9780823425211)
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

This story is inspired by floating libraries that carried all kinds of books, loaned or sold books to towns and cities with little access to reading materials.

The book is clearly not contemporary as evident in the horse-drawn cart that Jesse and his father used to drive into town. The setting seems to be either in the late 1800s or early 1900s, a throwback to a simpler time when book boats serve as both a library and a bookstore. In the page shown above, Mr. Edwards asked to see Jesse’s hands before entering the book boat because: “You know the rule.”

I like this – because along with loving books comes the huge responsibility of caring for them and ensuring that they are safe from dirty or hurtful hands. In this story, Jesse wanted to purchase the book The Swiss Family Robinson for twenty cents, but he only had 13 cents. And so, he volunteered to take on chores  around town so that he can save enough money to purchase his favourite book.

This really made me smile because it reminded me of the time when I would save my lunch money and unashamedly ask my friends for some of their left overs (or sometimes I just purchase chips from the canteen) so that I can save enough to buy lots of books during the weekend. I find that I still have the same priorities now that I am older. I always feel that books are the only things you can buy that make you even richer. Whether or not Jesse was able to save the money he needed to buy his favourite book, I shall leave for you to discover.

What was the first book that you bought from your own money?

7 comments on “[Monday Reading] A Celebration of Books in Picturebooks

  1. The first book I bought from my own money… I can’t remember the title but I’m sure it was an R.L. Stine book. I’d saved up my allowance to buy one of his Fear Street books.

    I hope you enjoy reading this week.

    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? post.


  2. Books Always Everywhere looks like it should be a board book!
    I don’t remember what book I first purchased with my own money. I do remember the first book I didn’t return to a library. I loved it so much I just couldn’t. I was in highschool (half a decade ago) and it was a poetry anthology. I still have it. I should probably give them money next time I am in my home town.


  3. I remember saving my candy money so that I could order extra book from the Scholastic Book Orders that we would get in school. I was the kid that always ordered the huge stack! These books look like fun ones this week, I’ll have to look for them! Have a wonderful week!


  4. Two books about books – What could be better than that. The Book Boat’s In reminds us of the book, That Book Woman by Heather Henson


  5. Pussreboots

    Those books look cute. Come see what I’m reading


  6. I have to search for The Book Boat’s In. The first book I probably bought with my own money was Goosebumps!


  7. Those look great for young readers. Probably the first book I bought with my own money was a Babysitters Club book. Girl Who Reads


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