It’s Monday! What are you reading?


This week my reading slowed way down and I have no idea why.  I did finish Matisse on the Loose and you can read a review here.

I spent some lovely time reading and looking at Emily. A short picture book about a young girl and her visit to Emily Dickenson by Michael Bedard and Barbara Cooney (Illustror). This is a cute story of a young girl who lives across the street from Emily Dickenson and is always wondering why Emily does not leave her house. We watch them over a year- fall into winter and early spring. Our young girl and her mother are invited to visit this shy lady across the street. From there they build a quiet relationship through watching, listening and enjoying the mysteries of words and the world around them.


This text is simple and gives a peak into the quiet and hidden life of a well known poet. The images are beautiful and show the time period well with the dirt roads and horse and buggies. It would be a fun way to introduce this poet to children.

A copy of Anything is Possible by Giulia Belloni showed up at my door late this afternoon.  This sparse text and great images does leave us feeling like things are possible if we are willing to dream.

This is a great story to share early in the school year when discussing problem solving, persistence and our hope and dreams for the school year, for our life.


There are two unlikely animals who work together to solve the dream of one. It is always amazing what happens when we are willing to work together.

Last but not least I finished Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine. This MG novel will be released in late September.  It brings us back to the late 50’s and early 60’s in southern United States.  A time of great change in our country and in the life of the main character Red. It is well worth the read.  It is a story you know from the outside – growing up, civil rights and family issues – but Erskine does a wonderful job of taking us inside to the feelings and confusion of a twelve year old whose world is turned upside down one hot summer.   (a full review will be posted on Tuesday at Words for JL)

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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