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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: It Doesn’t Take a Genius by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Thursday: Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “The Importance of Empathy” by Mel Darbon, Author of Rosie Loves Jack

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Kellee

My students are OBSESSED with mangas, so I am trying to read as many as I can to see if they are something I want to curate for my library. In my journey, a student recommended the Big Hero 6 manga by Haruki Ueno, and I was able to find them at my public library. They are so much fun–a perfect mix of changes from the movie and all of the feels of the movie.

Trent and I also finished listening to the 5th Captain Underpants. Onto the 6th!

Little Witch Academia by Yoh Yoshinari is another manga series that was recommended to me, and I found at the public library, and it is a cute witch academy story with adventure, school drama, and a funny protagonist.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is the first in a duology but also a continuation of Shadow & Bone, and this heist book was amazing! Ended on a drastic cliffhanger which is why you’ll see Crooked Kingdom on my currently reading list.

I’ll be reviewing Pippa Park for you this week!

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko is definitely one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read. I loved everything about it: the characters, the world, the traditions, the conflict… everything. And the audiobook was beautiful! I especially loved hearing the songs sung.

While working on my #MustReadin2021 post, I realized that I, for whatever reason, didn’t mark A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée as read, so I never shared it here on IMWAYR! I couldn’t let that past, even though I did finish it at least a month ago:

A Good Kind of Trouble is a perfect middle school book! It looks at changing identities, what true friends are like, and advocating for yourself.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

My kids loved Yes & No by Elisha Cooper. The grumpy morning cat reminded my 4yo of himself, and the energetic morning dog felt very much like my 7yo. They laughed and laughed and then asked to read it again.

Sunrise Summer by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr offers readers a glimpse of what a summer would be like on the Alaskan tundra. This would be a great book to read in the first week of school as students reflect on what they did over the summer. This untraditional, hard-working summer is a great story.

Jerry Craft is an amazing graphic novelist. I loved New Kid, and this companion was wonderfully written. The messages and themes will stick with readers. I recommend this one to those who haven’t read it yet! (I know it came out last year, and I am behind on reading it! I regret not reading it sooner!)

This was my SECOND time reading The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley—this time with my ears. Gosh, this story is stunning, and I expect I’ll be reading it a third time. I am adopting this one for my course in the fall and can’t wait to talk about it with students.

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Kellee

Reading: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Reading during family reading time: Little Witch Academia Vol 3 by Yoh Yoshinari

Trent reading during family reading time: Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson

Jim reading during family reading time: Fables Vol 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham

Listening: This Train is Being Held by Ismée Willems

Trent and I listening to: Captain Underpants #6 by Dav Pilkey

Ricki

I am reading several books at once (and one with each child), but I’ll comment on one I am LOVING, which is Charming as a Verby by Ben Philippe. In fact, writing this post is making me a bit antsy because I want to get back to this book. So, goodnight, all!

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Tuesday: Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun

Thursday: #MustReadin2021 Update

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Aven Green, Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling

Thursday: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

Sunday: Author Lori Alexander Introduces A Sporting Chance: How Paralympics Founder Ludwig Guttman Saved Lives with Sports and its Teaching Guide

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Kellee

I will be reviewing Rescue at Lake Wild and It Doesn’t Take a Genius on the blog this week and in a couple of weeks 🙂

  • I have finished all of the Promised Neverland, and now I have to wait until May then July to get the last two mangas! I am so distraught! I am happy that 18 ended with a bit of a conclusion of one story though.
  • Since mangas are the HOT topic in the library right now, I am trying to read any that have been deemed maybe middle school appropriate, so I read Cells at Work and Fruits Basket these last two weeks, and I am happy to say that they are now both in my school library making kids super happy!
  • Apple by Eric Gansworth is such an important book! I hope that many a high school English (and history!) teacher are pulling excerpts out to use in their classrooms! Gansworth knows how to craft a poem and a book of poems (make sure to read the notes at the end for complete understanding of the book’s structure). 
  • Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton is such an engaging, informative, and sad read. It is a good insight into schizophrenia, which is not often shared in young adult books, and loving someone with a mental illness.
  • Edmund, the Elephant Who Forgot by Kate Dalgleish, illustrated by Isobel Lundie is so silly! I love the rhyming fun as Edmund’s friend tries to help Edmund remember what to get for his brother’s birthday party, but his help ends up possibly making it worse leading to quite a disaster at the end.
  • The Little Spacecraft Who Could: New Horizons’ Amazing Journey to Pluto and Arrokoth by Joyce Lapin, illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli has so much going for it! It has a fun narrative about the space craft, but is also full of science and history about the New Horizons mission. I loved the side bars about dwarf planets, mythology, space craft parts, and more–it adds a whole other level to the book.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I finished Wishtree by Katherine Applegate with my 7yo. I’ve always wanted to read this book, and I am glad I (we) did. It offers such a respect for the land, and this really touched my heart. Today, my partner tied a rope around a tree to pull out a dead shrub. My 7yo became frantic because he thought my partner was going to tear down the tree. The book made a lasting impact on him! I love how the book also teaches about immigration and kindness.

I also finished Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. I love, loved this book, and I am going to review it in full on Thursday.

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Kellee

I’m reading: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’m listening to: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

I’m reading during family reading time: Big Hero 6 (Manga) Volume 1 by Haruki Ueno

Trent and I are reading: Captain Underpants #5 by Dav Pilkey

Trent is reading during family reading time: Unicorn of Many Hats by Dana Simpson

Ricki

I am reading with my ears: Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (I’ve read it previously, but I wanted to listen on audio.)

I am reading with my eyes: Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

I am listening with the kids: When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

7yo is reading to me: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Tuesday: It Doesn’t Take a Genius by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Thursday: Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Mel Darbon, Author of Rosie Loves Jack

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Blog Tour with Giveaway, Educators’ Guide, and Review!: The House That Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Game, Set, Sisters! by Jay Leslie, Illustrated by Ebony Glenn

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Kellee

Sunday we celebrated Easter and the day got away from me, so I’m sorry to miss out on today’s IMWAYR. I’ll update next week!

Happy reading this week! 🎉

To see what I’ve been up to, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I finished reading Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. I really loved this book and am glad that it has been used in so many classrooms. It offers a complex view of mental health, and I find myself pausing in the day, remembering the text, and pondering aspects of it. I suspect most readers have gotten to this one, but if you haven’t (it was published in 2018), I recommend it highly.

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Ricki

I am really enjoying Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez.

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Tuesday: Aven Green, Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling

Thursday: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

Sunday: Author Lori Alexander Introduces A Sporting Chance: How Paralympics Founder Ludwig Guttman Saved Lives with Sports and its Teaching Guide

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Stop Asian Hate: Anti-Racist Strategies

Thursday: Encounter by Brittany Luby, Illustrated by Michaela Goade

Thursday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer

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Kellee

First, I finished my #BitAboutBooks Winter Challenge  which I shared on my #MustReadin2021 post, and I am excited to take on the Spring one! You can learn more about the Bit About Books Spring Challenge here.

Now onto what I have been reading lately! I haven’t updated since before Spring Break, so this is a few weeks of reading:

  • Trent and I are listening to the Captain Underpants books at bedtime, and we finished book 3. Now onto book 4!
  • As you can tell, I am enjoying the Promised Neverland series still 😊
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani is a spectacular book! I now understand all the raving! It is so heartbreaking and informative and beautiful. Just so much in one package!
  • When I mentioned to a few of my students that I hadn’t read anything by Leigh Bardugo and I was thinking about reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy, they kind of freaked out on me and said I HAD to read it, so I figured I would jump in with two feet over spring break, and I am glad that I did. I understand the appeal of this high fantasy trilogy, and I look forward to recommending them to more readers and to reading more within the universe.
  • Trent and I had not watched the Mac’s Book Club Show in a while, so we hopped on and saw that we missed the newest Jack book, Jack Gets Zapped, so we remedied that! I think this Jack one might be my favorite. Since I didn’t really like the first couple but they are definitely growing on me, I think of the beginning of them as the pilot 😂
  • Titan Clash by Sigmund Brouwer was recommended to me by a student who has worked very hard with me this year to find the love of reading (and we’re getting there!), and he though I would enjoy the book. Good mystery! I can see why the Orca Sports books are popular.
  • My First Day by Phùng Nguyên Quang, illustrated by Huỳnh Kim Liên is a BEAUTIFUL picture book! Those illustrations are exquisite! And I loved the story about the protagonist’s first day and the importance of water in that journey.
  • Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen was recommended to me by a student last year, and I finally read it (yay! I was so excited to message her and let her know!). It is a fun spy mystery which I now know some readers I can recommend it to!
  • Primer by Jennifer Muro & Thomas Krajewski, illustrated by Gretel Lusky is a fun graphic novel about a superhero-by-mistake that saves the day.
  • Bindu’s Bindi’s by Supriya Kelkar, illustrated by Parvati Pillai has multiple purposes. First, it is such a sweet story of Bindu and her Nani. I love their bond over everything, including bindis. It is also an important story about being proud of who you and your culture are. The bindi represents this in the story. Those two purposes together made for a wonderful story to share with kids!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

Game, Set, Sisters!: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Jay Leslie tells the remarkable story of this power duo. I didn’t know much about the Williams sisters, and I was really grateful to learn more. My kids were engrossed in the book!


In Trillions of Trees by Kurt Cyrus, readers will be planting trillions of trees–anywhere they can find a space for them! This is a perfect book that is just in time for Earth Day!

What the Road Said by Cleo Wade is a beautifully instructive book with advice for the road to life. It reads quietly and powerfully.

After my kids read Something’s Wrong by Jory John, they wanted to share it with others. It is silly and fun. It teaches readers about what it means to be a good, supportive friend. As a bonus, there are lots of silly pictures of animals in their underwear!

As I was reading Almost American Girl by Robin Ha, I found myself scribbling notes. This graphic novel will knock your socks off. It is so beautifully done. I will be using this one in my college class next semester.

I wish every teenager (and adult) would read Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki. This book belongs in every classroom. It offers so much insight into the toxicity of relationships. It’s so, so good. I will read this one again and again.

My 4-year-old son loved reading Smell My Foot! by Cece Bell aloud to me. It is a silly book that makes reading fun and accessible. This one is great for early readers.

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Reading: Promised Neverland #15 It Doesn’t Take a Genius by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Listening: Apple by Eric Gansworth

Listening with Trent: Captain Underpants #4 by Dav Pilkey

Ricki

Listening: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Listening with 7yo: Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri (This one is a biiiit too old for him, but we are both loving it.)

Listening with 4yo: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (His request)

Reading in Print: Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

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Tuesday: Blog Tour with Giveaway, Educators’ Guide, and Review!: The House That Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Game, Set, Sisters! by Jay Leslie, Illustrated by Ebony Glenn

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Once Upon Another Time by Charles Ghigna & Matt Forrest Esenwine, Illustrated by Andrés F. Landazábal

Thursday: Review and Author/Illsutrator Interview: Follow That Frog! by Philip C. Stead, Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

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Kellee

Spring Break was so lovely! The weather was perfect, so we did a lot of outdoor things. I did find some time to read also, but overall it was so lovely to spend a week with Trent! I will update on what I read next week, but until then you can check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads if you’d like 📚❤

Ricki

I did a lot of great reading with my kids and on my own this week. We went to the library and took out twenty graphic novels for the boys. (Don’t worry, we didn’t even make a dent in the graphic novel shelves.) Needless to say, my house has been quieter than is typical!

New Kid by Jerry Craft is my end table book. It’s the book that I’ve been reading when I get a break during the day. With three kids, it did take me some time to finish it, but that is no reflection of how good it is! I loved this story. I am looking forward to Class Act becoming my next end table book!

I flew through Kacen Callender’s King and the Dragonflies and could not put it down. (Admittedly, I lost some sleep reading it!) This is a stunning book that is deserving of all of the accolades it has received. I am really looking forward to recommending this one. It’s quiet and packs a powerful punch.

I finished listening to Namina Forna’s The Gilded Ones. I can’t say enough good things about this book. It offers richly complex themes that would make it a phenomenal classroom text. (All three YA books that I am sharing today would make great classroom texts!) I think I’ll be using this one with my university students in the fall. It knocked my socks off.

Cars, Signs, Porcupines! is the latest Ethan Long book, and my kids adored it. It has great interactivity and is very silly. My 4yo is hoping to receive it as a future gift. He said, “Please let me own this book, Mom!”

The Lost Package by Richard Ho gives readers an inside look at the postage system while sharing a wonderful story of generosity. The watercolor illustrations will make you gasp. It’s beautifully done.

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Ricki

I am about to head to bed, and I will be looking at my nightstand for a new book. I don’t know what that might be! Wish me luck in this exciting adventure. 😉

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Tuesday: Stop Asian Hate: Anti-Racist Strategies

Thursday: Encounter by Brittany Luby, Illustrated by Michaela Goade

Thursday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean by Patricia Newman, Photographs  by Annie Crawley

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Kellee

It is SPRING BREAK! I definitely needed it! If you are on Spring Break: Enjoy your time! If you are still waiting for your Spring Break: I understand your pain–it’ll be here soon!

I’ll update you either next week or the week after on what I’ve been reading, but for a sneak peek of what I’m reading, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

It’s Spring Break for my oldest, too, which means I am working from home with a kid in tow. I will be back next week, too!

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Tuesday: Once Upon Another Time by Charles Ghigna & Matt Forrest Esenwine, Illustrated by Andrés F. Landazábal

Thursday: Follow That Frog! by Philip C. Stead, Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: Let Liberty Rise: How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty by Chana Stiefl, Illustrated by Chuck Groenick

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Kellee

Hunting November picks up right where Killing November ended, so I was immediately sucked right back in. Loved this secret society book with lots of twists and turns!

Nibbles books are still a favorite in our house, but now Trent is reading them to me ❤

Still reading Promised Neverland. I only finished 1 this week because I was SUPER lucky to finally have gotten my 1st COVID Vaccine, but it also put me in a brain fog for a couple of days which slowed down my reading. Number 9 ended with a big cliffhanger too, so I can’t wait to read 10!

Timbaland’s Nightime Symphony, illustrated by Christopher Myers, has the rhythm of Timbaland’s music and it is obvious that he loves sounds. And Myers’s illustrations are beautiful! (P.S. Keep a look out for the cat!)

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I spent some time with family this weekend, so I am a bit behind. I hope you all had a great reading week, and I look forward to catching up with you next week!

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Kellee

Reading: A Good Kind of Trouble by Lina Moore Lamée

Reading with Trent: Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey

Listening: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

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Tuesday: Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean by Patricia Newman, Photographs  by Annie Crawley

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