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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes

Thursday: Teaching Thursday: Book in a Bag

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Kellee

Sorry for still being away from the blog, but with the ALA Youth Media Awards right around the corner, I am deep in my reading for the Schneider Family Award, so I will be back after the ALA YMA on the 27th.

Ricki

Isn’t Jen Wang amazing? I loved her new novel Stargazing. It is thoughtful and teaches wonderful themes. This is a great staple for your classroom library, and it would also make a wonderful read-aloud.

Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor is a great book about engaging with people with different disabilities. It offers a plant metaphor and also discusses the wide variance of disabilities that people have.

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Ricki

I’ll likely be rereading Piecing Me Together this week to prepare to teach it in Methods. I am also still enjoying the Harry Potter illustrated novel with my kids.

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Tuesday: The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Thursday: Explorers by Matthew Cordell

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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We were on vacation break last week, so we didn’t post!

Kellee

Sorry for still being away from the blog, but with the ALA Youth Media Awards right around the corner, I am deep in my reading for the Schneider Family Award, so I will be back after the 27th.

Ricki

I adored Bedtime for Sweet Creatures so much that I’ll be posting a longer review this Wednesday! It’s a very charming picture book that has many teachable qualities.

My son really loves these MathStart books. He found them at his school’s library, and he keeps bringing them home. This one, Earth Day—Hooray! by Stuart J. Murphy—teaches the math concept of bundling by tens, hundreds, and thousands through a can collection. The story reads like an extended math problem. It is very exciting for my son to read (he is in kindergarten), and my motto is: “Let them read what they love!”

Matthew Cordell’s newest picture book is a hit in my house. Explorers tells the story of a boy who finds a homeless man fashioning origami birds outside of a museum. The origami bird brings together two families in a way that is magical—or is it? This one made me think a lot, and I like books that make me think.

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Ricki

I’ve never been a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, but reading the books to my sons is making me think I might actually like the series. They are so thrilled by the books that it makes them much more magical and special to me. The illustrations in these versions are stunning.

I am also rereading a few books for a teaching chapter proposal this week!

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Tuesday: Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes

Thursday: Teaching Thursday: Book in a Bag

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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And we hope that the return back to school goes well for all of those going back this week!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Blog Tour with Educators’ Guide: The Treacherous Sea by Christopher Healy
**Congratulations to John S. the winner of The Treacherous Sea giveaway!**

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Making Crazy Contraptions” by Laura Perdew, Author of Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel with Engineering Activities for Kids

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Review and Giveaway!: Snail & Worm All Day by Tina Kügler
Congratulations Danielle H. for winning the giveaway!

Thursday: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist: Bad Hair Day by Jim Benton

Sunday: Q&A with Author Ginny Rorby

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Kellee

  • Novels I read this week:
    • Impossible Music by Sean Williams: “Music is Simon’s life—which is why he is devastated when a stroke destroys his hearing. He resists attempts to help him adjust to his new state, refusing to be counselled, refusing to learn sign-language, refusing to have anything to do with Deaf culture. Refusing, that is, until he meets G, a tough-as-nails girl dealing with her own newly-experienced deafness.”
    • Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz: “Isabel has one rule: no dating.
      It’s easier–
      It’s safer–
      It’s better–
      –for the other person.
      She’s got issues. She’s got secrets. She’s got rheumatoid arthritis.
      But then she meets another sick kid.”
  • I was so lucky to be able to take a morning off to go into Trent’s classroom to be a holiday reader, and Trent chose for me to read Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares, and it was perfect timing because his class was learning about O Tannenbaum that day in class.
  • Another Mo Willems book along with three books that Trent chose to read as a Read Along in Hoopla.
  • We also finished an SSYRA Jr. Book, Mia Mayhem is a Superhero, which is a fun story about Mia finding out about her powers. There are more in the series, so we may get to them eventually.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2019 Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

It’s finals week! I am very glad to have the light at the end of the tunnel. I have been reading the illustrated Harry Potter with my boys, and we are loving it!

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Kellee

  • Reading: The Spinner of Dreams by K.A. Reynolds, Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney
  • Listening: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey
  • Reading with Trent: Dog Man Fetch-22 by Dav Pilkey, The Alien Next Door: The New Kid by A.I. Newton
  • Reading next: Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

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Tuesday: Blog Tour with Educators’ Guide and Giveaway!: The Treacherous Sea by Christopher Healy

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Making Crazy Contraptions” by Laura Perdew, Author of Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel with Engineering Activities for Kids

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Bob Ross and Peapod the Squirrel by Robb Pearlman

Thursday: This Book is Gray by Lindsay Ward

Sunday: Author’s Guest Post: “Little Readers Produce Big Readers” by Jamie McHone, Author of Everything is Always Gonna Be Alright, Durban Frankenshooze

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Kellee

**Descending from newly read to older**

Novels

  • The Toll by Neal Shusterman: Read it. That is all. (P.S. Taking notes on the timeline at the beginning helps if you are struggling.)
  • How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox: “Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mom and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, who loves her so hard, and who shouldn’t be here but is. So Biz doesn’t tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And she doesn’t tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was six. And Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface—normal okay regular fine.”
  • Forever Neverland by Susan Adrian: “A contemporary sequel to J. M. Barrie’s timeless classic Peter Pan. Clover and Fergus are the great-great-grandchildren of Wendy Darling (yes, that Wendy). And now Peter Pan wants to take them to Neverland for the adventure of their lives! But Clover’s a little nervous–she’s supposed to look after her brother. Fergus is autistic, and not everyone makes him feel welcome. What will happen to him in this magical world?”
  • Bouncing Back by Scott Ostler: “Back in his old basketball league, Carlos Cooper owned the court, sprinting and jumping and lighting up the scoreboard as opponents (and teammates) watched in awe. Now thirteen-year-old “Cooper the Hooper” is out of his league, new to life in a wheelchair, and struggling to pull his weight with his wheelchair basketball team, the Rollin’ Rats.”

I went on a picture book binge reading spree during Thanksgiving Break after NCTE/ALAN, and I read so many wonderful picture books! I am so happy to share them all above, but I don’t think you want me to write about them all, but here are a few highlights…

  • The Seekers by Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair: The artwork in this book blew me away! Tied with the interesting mythological tale, the book is a treasure.
  • Albert’s Quiet Quest by Isabelle Arsenault: There is power in quiet.
  • Operation Photobomb by Becky Cattie: Photobombing in the jungle! Such vivid illustrations and fun storytelling that will definitely win readers’ hearts.
  • The Big Race by David Barrow:  A fun take on the tortoise and the hare but with a different message (one many kids need!).
  • Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border by Mitali Perkins: Christmas looks very different for different families in America, but this is a story that hasn’t been told and readers need to see it (either as a mirror or window).
  • At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell: Such a powerful book looking at a family waiting for their person to return from war at the base of a mountain.
  • Big Boys Cry by Jonty Howley: We need more books stopping toxic masculinity and the notion that boys should ignore emotions.
  • Skulls by Blair Thornburough: I just love the execution of this book. Takes a fun twist on a nonfiction book.
  • How to Code a Rollercoaster by Josh Funk: I love this series by Josh Funk because it makes coding less foreign and ties in a fun story with it.
  • Rocket Says Look Up by Nathan Bryon: Rocket just wants us all to notice the bigger world and stop being sidetracked by the small things.
  • Kevin the Unicorn: It’s Not All Rainbows by Jessika Von Innerebner: So often kids do not get to hear that it is okay to not be happy. Kevin shows us that it is.
  • Room on our Rock by Kate Temple: This book can be read forward and backwards, each with a different message and lesson.

Out of the picture books I read with Trent, his top 3 favorites were…

  • Happy Pig Day by Mo Willems: I had to limit him to 1 Elephant and Piggie book–he just loves them!
  • Snack Attack by Terry Border: Trent loves this photography illustrated book where snacks are trying to escape their doomed future.
  • Rot, the Cutest in the World by Ben Clanton: This shows that cuteness in the eye of the beholder and we’re all cute in our own way. And it makes Trent LAUGH!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2019 Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

The busiest semester of my life is over in one week! One of my three classes of students just turned in their unit plans, so I’ve been grading all week. There are 72 students in that class, so it is taking a bit of time. 🙂

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Kellee

  • Reading: Impossible Music by Sean Williams
  • Listening: Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz
  • Reading with Trent: Mia Mayhem is a Superhero by Kara West

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Tuesday: Review and Giveaway!: Snail & Worm All Day by Tina Kügler

Thursday: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist: Bad Hair Day by Jim Benton

Sunday: Q&A with Author Ginny Rorby

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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