It’s Monday. What are You reading?


Mon Reading Button PB to YA

It’s Monday so time to share what we are reading. This is a  fun meme from Jen at “Teach Mentor Texts” . This past week I focused on picture books as I am taking a non-fiction writing course(picture books)  and studying the genre.

These were my favourites:


Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes



I enjoyed this biography, told through the words of mother to her son, with a focus on hope. The message was an important one – that we need hope and must believe that we too can make a difference.


Nurse, Soldier, Spy  by Marissa Moss


This was an interesting biography of Sarah Edmonds who became a Civil War hero as Frank Thompson. At age 19 she dressed as  man and joined the military, first as a soldier, then a nurse and then as a spy. Quite a life she lead!

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine


This book tells the amazing flight for freedom of Henry Brown, who lost his family and then mailed “himself to freedom”. An excellent read and look at history.

The Stamp Collector by Jennifer Lanthier 


Although this was not strictly non-fiction, the events of the story were inspired by two jailed Chinese writers. It was a well written, and an important look at the how people are imprisoned for their beliefs from other countries in the world.

Row80 – Sunday Check-In


A week has passed since I posted an update fir my reading. This past week has been hectic and I did not write much. I did research, read and work on my new non-fiction writing course, which I am enjoying.

Research  – going through my father-in-law’s papers for info on the horse his father owned and raced,  which I am using for my non-fiction picture book

                    -reading about PTSD for my “Fired” novel

                    -researching the lives of early Iroquis for my MG novel

Reading: – several non-fiction picture books as well as MG novels

                   -writing articles from many different blogs (twitter is a great resource for this)

Writing: – did write one picture book rough draft

                  -did some edits on “Fired” and pix book scripts

This week, my schedule is a bit more flexible and I hope to do more writing each day. (I read a couple of articles on word count and writing practices this past week and it was interesting to see how varied the accounts were. )


I hope to write  at least 1500  words every day.

I aim to read at least 5 pix books and 1 or 2 MG novels this week.

I will work on  my NF writing course and work on my horse research for this course.

ROW80 – Sunday check-in

As I look back over this past month, I realize that I have not been consistent with my writing and did not accomplish what I had hoped to in a number of areas. The month began with my father-in-law’s passing and I felt out of step all month.

I did write, I worked on my picture book course and I did a fair bit of editing. But i had hoped to be further ahead.

But, it is a new month and a new week – time to shake myself out of the doldrums and get to work.

*My goal overall is to write every day, at least an hour.

*This month I will be taking a non-fiction picture book writing course and am looking forward to that.

*I have several picture book scripts to work on  – O received critiques on three of them and really want to revise them.

*June will be research month for “Jacob’s Journey” so that I can spend the summer writing the rest of the MG novel.

*I am eager to finish my “Fired” novel – I am 3 chapters into it now.