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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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Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Authors from Diego, 6th Grade

Wednesday: March Trilogy by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Thursday: Guest Review: Snow White by Matt Phelan

Friday: Review and Giveaway!: Splatypus by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “How Do You Engage Restless Fourth Graders During the Last Weeks of School? With a Good Book, Of Course!” by Miriam Spitzer Franklin, Author of Call Me Sunflower

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

Since we are in the second half of summer, it is family time in the Moye household! I’m taking a 2 week blog vacation, so I will be back with you all next week 🙂

 Ricki

I am moving across the country to Colorado to start my new job at Colorado State University! Yahoo! I am sorry that I will be gone for the next few weeks because internet access (and finding my computer) will likely be tricky. I’ll see you all in August!

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

 

Tuesday: Twenty Characters We Would Be Friends With from Varun & Yassine, 6th Grade, and Tyler & Pedro, 8th Grade

Wednesday: 2017 Nonfiction Picture Book Biographies: The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson, Balderdash! by Michelle Markel, and Shark Lady by Jess Keating

Thursday: Guest Review: How to Read a Story by Kate Messner

Friday: A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts

 So, what are you reading?

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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Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Listen to the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence This Fourth of July #WeThePeopleListen

Wednesday: Can an Aardvark Bark? by Melissa Stewart

Thursday: Busy Builders: Construction Site by Katherine Sully

Friday: Story Path by Madalena Matoso

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Mature Poop” by A.J. Cosmo

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

Since we are in the second half of summer, it is family time in the Moye household! I’m taking a 2 week blog vacation, so I will be back with you all later in July 🙂

 Ricki

I am moving across the country to Colorado to start my new job at Colorado State University! Yahoo! I am sorry that I will be gone for the next few weeks because internet access (and finding my computer) will likely be tricky. I’ll see you all in August!

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Authors from Diego, 6th Grade

Wednesday: March Trilogy by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Thursday: Guest Review: Snow White by Matt Phelan

Friday: Splatypus by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sunday: Author Guest Post

 So, what are you reading?

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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CONGRATULATIONS
Madeline S.
for winning a copy of Two Truths and a Lie!

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Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ten Books that Leave you Wanting More from Ash and Sam, 8th grade

Wednesday: More Favorite Books From Ten of Kellee’s 16-17 Middle School Students

Thursday: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Friday: The Bobs and Tweets by Pepper Springfield

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Using Your Personal Real Estate to Create Characters, Setting, and Conflict” by Fracaswell Hyman, Author of Mango Delight

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

Happy July! I have a lot to share because I have been getting some great reading done, and I was at ALA last week!

I read three novels for pleasure! First, I read one of the SSYRA books Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon which is a dystopian, girl power adventure retelling of Robin Hood. Then, to continue to get ready for introducing Neal Shusterman at the ALAN breakfast, I read Tesla’s Attic by Shusterman and Eric Elfman, and I am so excited to read the rest of the series! Lastly, as soon as I got Patina by Jason Reynolds at ALA, I started reading it. You know I am a huge fan of Ghost, and Patina does not disappoint Ghost fans!

 

While at ALA, I also read a ton of not yet released (and a couple recently released) picture books:

  • Willy and the Cloud by Anthony Browne
  • Claymates by Dev Petty
  • Happy Dreamer by Peter Reynolds
  • In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson and Jerry Pinkney
  • When’s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson
  • The Wolf, The Duck, & The Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
  • La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo and Jaime Kim
  • Sea Monkey and Bob by Aaron Reynolds and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
  • Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown
  • Noisy Night by Mac Barnett and Brian Briggs
  • After the Fall by Dan Santat
  • Life by Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel.

All of these are must reads, but I HIGHLY recommend After the Fall by Dan Santat; Life by Cynthia Rylant; The Wolf, The Duck, & The Mouse by Jon Klassen & Mac Barnett; Happy Dreamer by Peter Reynolds; and Claymates by Dev Petty. All of these are definitely new favorites!

I also read these graphic novels, picture books, and early chapter books, but I am reviewing all of these, so I will share my thoughts in the reviews.

At ALA, I was also so lucky to attend the Coretta Scott King Breakfast (which always makes me cry!) and the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet, and I also got to meet so many amazing authors in my two days in the exhibit hall!

Left to right: Marie Lu, Dan Santat, Fred Koehler, Nate Powell, Kristin Cashore, Deborah Heiligman, Neal Shusterman, Jenni Holm, Katherine Applegate, John Lewis!, Vivian Johnson, Laurel Snyder, Nicola Yoon, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Bryan, Peter Brown, Kadir Nelson

 Ricki

Please focus all of your energy on Kellee’s awesome post! Our movers come this week as we head from Connecticut to Colorado. I am excited to start my new position at Colorado State University and anxious to get back to reading!

I did read this gem! March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell is incredible. I loved reading about John Lewis’ early life and am very excited to start books two and three this week!

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This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee

Right now, I am continuing the Accelerati Trilogy by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman with Edison’s Alley. I’ll be taking off a couple of weeks on the blog for family time, so I hope to have a bunch to share with you when I blog IMWAYR again at the end of July.

 Ricki

I am 3/4 of the way through The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This book begs to be discussed in classrooms.

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

 

Tuesday: Listen to the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence This Fourth of July #WeThePeopleListen

Wednesday: Can an Aardvark Bark? by Melissa Stewart

Thursday: Busy Builders: Construction Site by Katherine Sully

Friday: Story Path by Madalena Matoso

Sunday: Author Guest Post

 So, what are you reading?

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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IMWAYR 2015 logo

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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CONGRATULATIONS
Darla
For winning our giveaway of Grace Hopper!

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Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday:  Blog Tour with Review!: The Door in the Alley (The Explorers #1) by Adrienne Kress

Wednesday:  Seventy Favorite Books From Ten of Kellee’s 2016-17 Middle School Students

Thursday: Once Upon a Book Club — Unboxing!

Friday: Blog Tour with Giveaway and Review!: Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie A. Thompson

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Thank You, Teachers!” by Pepper Springfield

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

I am attending ALA Annual in Chicago!!!! I’ll catch you up on that and my reading next week 🙂

 Ricki

My son and I read All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson (Author of Roller Girl). We’ve read a chapter each night, and he loves it. He’s only three (ha ha), but he’s obsessed with graphic novels. I don’t think he understood much of it, and this is definitely a middle school book, but he loved reading it with me. This book tells the story of Imogene, a 11-year-old girl whose parents work Renaissance fairs. She’s always been homeschooled and is training to be a squire, but she has to be brave and start middle school–which is very scary! It’s quite cleverly crafted, and I loved learning about the Renaissance fair life!

I finally read El Deafo by Cece Bell. This is a wonderful book. I loved the superhero motif. The book portrays disability in a way that is accessible to kids. It also taught me a lot about the hearing impaired. If you haven’t gotten to this one, I recommend it highly.

My son is obsessed with reading Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. This isn’t a new book, but we’ve read it at least thirty times this week, so I thought I should share it here. It’s about a seahorse named Peanut Butter and a Jellyfish named….Jellyfish. Crabby (the crab) bullies them. When Crabby gets in trouble, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish have to decide whether or not they will help them. The story is entertaining, and it’s great to talk about rising above bullying behavior and not being afraid to apologize when you realize you were wrong.

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This Week’s Expeditions
Ricki
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I’m still listening to this gem, and I’ve started a few others that have come in the mail. I’ll report back about those soon.

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

Tuesday: Ten Books that Leave you Wanting More from Ash and Sam, 8th grade

Wednesday: More Favorite Books From Ten of Kellee’s 16-17 Middle School Students

Thursday: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Friday: The Bobs and Tweets by Pepper Springfield

Sunday: Author Guest Post

 So, what are you reading?

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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IMWAYR 2015 logo

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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Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Covers from Vanessa and Alexandra, 6th grade

Wednesday: Review and Giveaway! Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark
Giveaway open until Wednesday!

Thursday: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Friday: Top Checked Out Books by Kellee’s Middle School Readers 2016-17

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

The end of the year is always a hard reading time for me because my brain is just so tired and it is hard for me to focus. This end of the year was no different. Does anyone else struggle with reading when the school year ends even though you have more free time? However, I am getting back into the swing of things! Since I last shared my reading with you on the 5th, I have finished 2 novels, 3 picture books, and a nonfiction book:

  

Ryan Graudin’s series is brilliant. If you have not read Wolf by Wolf (then Blood by Blood), pick it up now. Sci-fi historical revisioning.

Trent and I received our second Boox from Powell’s Books and it included Pandora by Victoria Turnbull and All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon. They are both so beautiful yet so very different. Pandora is about finding life in everything while All the World is about the life that is in everything. Both worth reading!

 

I reviewed or will be reviewing these 🙂

Ricki

I have seen a lot of books this week because I have been packing up all of my bookshelves. We are moving from Connecticut to Colorado, so the move is consuming our lives at the moment. 🙂 We are trying to get in some last minute time with the people we love, so life has been pretty crazy.

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This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee

I just started Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon. Not enough to be able to say how it is.

I also am so lucky to be able to introduce Neal Shusterman at the ALAN breakfast since he was the winner of the 2017 ALAN Award, so I think I will pick up one of his books after. I am thinking either rereading Unwind and finishing the dystology, picking up Scythe, or jumping into Challenger Deep. We’ll see!

But this could all change depending on my mood and if any of my holds at the library are available~

 Ricki

I’ve been listening to The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. It’s so, so good. I actually cleaned my kitchen tonight for an extra long time and did some more laundry, so I could just listen to it!

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

 

Tuesday:  Blog Tour with Review!: The Door in the Alley (The Explorers #1) by Adrienne Kress

Wednesday:  Seventy Favorite Books From Ten of Kellee’s 2016-17 Middle School Students

Thursday: Once Upon a Book Club — Unboxing!

Friday: Blog Tour with Giveaway and Review!: Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie A. Thompson

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Pepper Springfield

 So, what are you reading?

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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IMWAYR 2015 logo

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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Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday:  Top Ten Tuesday: Twenty Books We Want to Read from Lily, Freddy, and Joey, 6th grade

Wednesday:  Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim

Thursday: Guest Review:  The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

Friday:  Author Skype Visits with Kellee’s 7th Grade Lunch Book Club

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

Future Problem Solvers International Conference was 6/8-6/11, so I just got home late last night and am catching up on family or sleep or both. I probably didn’t read that much while chaperoning, but I’ll catch you up next week on any updates 🙂

 Ricki

I finally read Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley. Now I understand why this book is on so many lists and referenced often by scholars. This book provides many talking points. I assume that many readers of this blog have read it already, but if you haven’t, I highly recommend that you check it out. I was with several women this weekend, and I couldn’t stop telling them about it!

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This Week’s Expeditions
Ricki

 

More on these two later. 🙂

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Covers from Vanessa and Alexandra, 6th grade

Wednesday: Review and Giveaway! Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark

Thursday: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Friday: Top Checked Out Books by Kellee’s Middle School Readers 2016-2017

 So, what are you reading?

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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IMWAYR 2015 logo

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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Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Great Books with a Tree on the Cover

Wednesday: Kwame Alexander: The 2017 CSLP Summer Reading Champion

Thursday: Guest Review: The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Friday: Animal Identity Picture Books: Leaping Lemmings by John Briggs & Hoot and Honk Just Can’t Sleep by Leslie Helakoski

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

Happy summer break to many of you! And thank you everyone for being so understanding about me taking last Monday off. There are at least 3 more Mondays I’ll have to take off because of obligations this summer, so please accept my early apologies for not commenting as much this summer–it is going to be a busy one! Please know that I am still lurking and reading posts, just not commenting or responding as much as I try to do usually.

Since the last time I posted on the 22nd, I’ve actually not read a ton. End of the school year tired is more tired than just about any other time of the year. I did finish two very good and VERY different young adult novels:

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin was a Walden Award finalist, and I can definitely see why they chose it. It is action-packed, thought-provoking, and so wonderfully written.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is everything everyone promised and more. I am still thinking about it, and I finished it on the 23rd. At the end of the novel, I couldn’t stop listening, and I actually sat in my living room and ignored my family to finish the last hour. And I definitely have an audiobook hang over–it is going to be really hard to follow this one.

 Ricki

The boys were really excited about the Fall 2017 #PenguinPicks. Henry barely let me eat breakfast. All three books are stellar, and I will write full reviews as separate posts. In a nutshell:

Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee tells the story of a little girl who is fearful of the terror that is pervasive the news. As a parent, it reminded me of the ways that my children might perceive the world and how I can help them through their fear. It reminds us (both my children and me) to be brave and kind.

Sarabella’s Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner. My goodness. This book is so, so beautiful. I suspect it will be in the running for the Caldecott. Sarabella has difficulty focusing. Her daydreams take her brain to wonderfully imaginative places. I could spend hours with this book. I plan to frame some of the pages for my kids’ bedrooms.

La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya is a bilingual retelling of The Princess and the Pea. There is a bit of a twist, and I laughed out loud as I read a section of the book. This book will bring great joy to kids. It does a great job of using Spanish words in ways that require children to consider context clues. Bonus: The illustrations are stunning!

Henry loved doing a page in this Paint by Sticker Kids book by Workman Publishing. It took us two hours to finish this page (with a break in the middle), but it was very rewarding for him. It’s definitely tricky for a 3.5 year old, but he had so much fun. We talked about numbers and shapes, and he definitely exercised his fine motor skills.

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This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee

I just didn’t get enough of Ryan Graudin, and I am currently reading the sequel to Wolf by Wolf.

After I finish with Blood by Blood, I plan on reading The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress for a blog tour post. (Michele says it is good, so I am looking forward to it.

 Ricki

I am reading three books right now! (One is in each room of my house.)

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore, Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven, and Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley. All three are fantastic. To be honest, I have been having a lot of book luck lately. Everything I’ve been reading has been really great.

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

 

Tuesday:  Top Ten Tuesday: Twenty Books We Want to Read from Lily, Freddy, and Joey, 6th grade

Wednesday:  Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim

Thursday: Guest Review:  The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

Friday:  Author Skype Visits with Kellee’s 7th Grade Lunch Book Club

 So, what are you reading?

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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