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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: Review & Giveaway: Playing with Lanterns by Wang Yage, Illustrated by Zhu Chengliang

Thursday: Snow Angel, Sand Angel by Lois Yamanaka, Illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs

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Kellee

To see what books I’ve been reading, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads. I’ll be back next week 🙂

Ricki

I finished Black Canary: Breaking Silence by Alexandra Monir. I love this book, which tells the story of DC Icon Black Canary, whose alter ego is Dinah Lance. There are rich themes related to government control, feminist, and social class. Monir reinterprets the story to connect Dinah’s world with that of Monir’s grandmother’s experiences in Iran (although this is not explicitly stated in the book).

This book! Jason Reynolds writes, and Jason Griffin illustrates Ain’t Burned All the Bright. But it is so much more than this. The writing and illustrations work together in an incredibly powerful way. This book was written in a moleskine and begs to be taught in classrooms. I’ve never read a book that was so connected to the current sociopolitical context of the world.

You Are Not Alone by the Alphabet Rockers (Pictures by Ashley Evans) explores the many instances in which children might feel different from others. At the end of each child’s story, the reader states, “You are not alone.” I really loved the repetition of this story. It felt like a song. My kids really enjoyed shouting YOU ARE NOT ALONE at the end of each story, and it really cemented the message in their brains. I would love to read this to a large classroom of students.

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Ricki

I never read Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo last year and have felt like I’ve really missed out. So I am reading it now.

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Tuesday: Tidesong by Wendy Xu

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger

Sunday: Guest Post from Punam V. Saxena, Author of Parent Power: Navigate School and Beyond

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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: Kellee’s #MustReadin2021 Recap & #MustReadin2022 Intro

Thursday: The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Laura Freeman

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

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Kellee

I am so sorry, but I am going to take a couple more weeks off. I am just a bit overloaded with everything: just my normal life then never knowing how the day is going to go at school, my new UCF course, writing teaching guides, etc. My reading hasn’t been the best right now either because of everything. Thank you for understanding, and I’ll be back on Mondays soon!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

Snow Angel, Sand Angel by Louis-Ann Yamanaka is such a good book. My kids have asked me to read it so many times now. I will be reviewing it in detail this Thursday!

I reread Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith for a project that I am doing. My goodness, I love this book so much. It confronts stereotypes and erasure head-on and does so unapologetically. If you haven’t read this book yet, I recommend it highly.

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Ricki

I am rereading Black Canary: Breaking Silence by Alexandra Monir for the second time this month to prepare for a project. It’s a fantastic story, and I recommend it.

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Tuesday: Review & Giveaway: Playing with Lanterns by Wang Yage, Illustrated by Zhu Chengliang

Thursday: Snow Angel, Sand Angel by Lois Yamanaka, Illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs

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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?
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: Kellee’s Favorite Books Read in 2021

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Kellee

I start teaching my first UCF course, Children’s Literature, this week, so I used this weekend to get ready *SQUEE!!*

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

This week, I reread Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith. It’s such a clever reinterpretation of the Peter Pan myth. I am very excited to be using it in a paper that I am writing. It is written for a middle grade audience but would be appreciated by readers of all ages.

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Ricki

I am reading Black Canary: Breaking Silence by Alexandra Monir. So far, it is great!

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Tuesday: Kellee’s #MustReadin2021 Recap & #MustReadin2022 Intro

Thursday: The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Laura Freeman

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

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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?
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 12/16: Waffles and Pancake: Planetary-Yum by Drew Brockington

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While we’ve been away, I (Kellee) went on vacation to Colorado, and Ricki and I got to see each other! It was the most wonderful 36 hours with one of my best friends! And the kids had such a blast together! 💖

Kellee

Here’s what I’ve read since I last updated on December 13th:

  • A Night to Die For by Lisa Schroeder: A murder mystery thriller that kept me guessing, and I couldn’t believe the reveal when it was shared. Fans of Karen McManus, Holly Jackson, and Kara Thomas will want to pick this one up!
  • Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan: I devoured these books; they are addictive as they are full of humor, drama, and romance. Loved reading them, and I look forward to reading the third.
  • Shuri by Nic Stone: It is great to see Shuri get her own novel, and it is quite the adventure!

  • Dragons in a Bag and The Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliott: Oh how I love these books! What a fun concept with great characters that anyone reading is going to fall in love with. I am so looking forward to the third one coming out! (I loved it so much that I added it to my fantasy/sci-fi book club options for my UCF Children’s Lit class!)
  • Brilliant Bea by Shaina Rudolph, Illustrated by Mary Vukadinovich: With ALA Youth Media Awards around the corner, I wanted to get some picture book reading in for eligible Schneider Award picture books, and I was so happy to have found Brilliant Bea. What a great character who shows that dyslexia is more than who anyone is.
  • Another Book About Bears by Laura Bunting, Illustrated by Philip Bunting: I thought this humor was on point, so I look forward to reading more from this duo (I checked out their website and there are so many to choose from!).
  • Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen: What a fantastic futuristic adventure! I loved how the setting played its own part in the story, the humor that shone throughout, and the character development throughout. I was also lucky enough to write the teaching guide for it which was such a delight!

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney: I always read the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid, usually around Thanksgiving, but I hadn’t this year; I am glad I could squeeze it in before the end of the year! (I also want to commend Jeff Kinney for realizing that Greg and Rowley had a toxic relationship and moving away from including it.)
  • My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame: Loved loved loved this story about a single Japanese father who meets his deceased twin brother’s husband for the first time. He must fight his own prejudice and learn to love his brother for who he was.
  • Smaller Sister by Maggie Edkins Willis: This is a graphic novel you are going to want in your libraries! It is a story of sisterhood as well as body image, anorexia, and disordered eating. It is done so tactfully and within a story that any reader will connect with.
  • Sayonara Football Vol. 2 by Naoshi Arakawa: Volume 1 ended in such an odd way, I am glad volume 2 picked up right where it left off and cleared things up for me. I think this is going to be a hit manga in my school.
  • The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep by Allan Wolf: Allan Wolf is a genius. Have you read anything by him yet? If not, fix that. This one or his Titanic novel are brilliant. The way he tackles topics, does research to immerse himself, and can tell stories from so many points of view is just so all encompassing. I mean, some of the points of view in this book, which is about the Donner Party, is from hunger (literal and figurative) and from oxen–it was fascinating to read!

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

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Kellee

Currently, I am not reading anything! I do have 2 teaching guides to work on, and I have some novels I’ve chosen for book clubs in my Children’s Lit class at UCF that I need to reread, but we’ll see what I do this upcoming week as we return to work.

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Tuesday: Kellee’s Favorite Books Read in 2021

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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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We are taking a 2 week Winter Break to be with family and recharge.
We hope that you all are able to do the same!
See you in 2022!

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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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We are taking a 2 week Winter Break to be with family and recharge.
We hope that you all are able to do the same!
See you in 2022!

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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?
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: A Seat at the Table: The Nancy Pelosi Story by Elisa Boxer, Illustrated by Laura Freeman

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Kellee

  • Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko: I am so glad that I finally listened to this sequel to Raybearer! First, I highly recommend the audiobooks if you are going to read these books–they truly bring it to life! Also, although I was satisfied when Raybearer ended, Redemptor takes Tarisai on her true journey to figure out how she fits. Beautifully crafted in both voice and plot.
  • Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions by Navdeep Singh Dhillon: I was so excited to write a teaching guide for this one, and I cannot wait to share it! I adored the nerdiness of this book–it has cosplay, fandom, and fanfiction references throughout that so many are going to love. Sunny is also such a wonderful character–both caring, funny, but also dealing with some real stuff. I also loved the allusions to rom-coms; it added an extra fun element to it. And on top of the story, I loved the representation in the book and was so happy to read reviews from readers who found themselves reflected in this novel. For me it was a window that I loved looking into, but for those who it is a mirror, it seems to mean a lot.
  • It Will End Like This by Kyra Leigh: What a messed up book!!!! Like, I don’t even know how to review it other than sharing that if you like psychological thrillers, this book is for you. And when you finish, talk to me because I still have so many questions!
  • Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez: This book was such a fun book to read with my lunch book club. There were so many twists and turns that it gave us a lot to discuss and predict. The revelations were quite mind-blowing, too; many we did not see coming! This is a book so many middle grade readers are not going to be able to put down!
  • Treasury of Magical Tales from Around the World by Donna Jo Napoli, Illustrated by Christina Balit: I love the Treasury series from National Geographic because it gives such a beautiful glimpse into whatever the topic of the book is. This one focused on tales from around the world and included stories from 29 places, “from the Arctic to Africa to Asia to Australia to Europe to the Americas.” This book is THE book of magical tales you want on your book shelf for your kids/students as it removes the Eurocentrism of fairy tales and takes readers on a journey through stories all over the world. And it is written by Donna Jo Napoli, so you know it is beautifully crafted! (And there was a review that said the audiobook was good; I now want to go listen to it!)
  • Waffles and Pancakes: Planetary-Yum by Drew Brockington: Loved this young reader graphic novel that is a prequel to the Catstronaut series. It is going to be a favorite of so many early readers!
  • Love is Everything by Charles Ghigna, Illustrated by Jacqueline East: Ghigna’s focus on hope and love was so clear from the beginning of this book. Though the text was sparse, it was lyrical which makes from a wonderful read aloud. This new picture book will be a wonderful gift for young ones in our life to show that we love them and believe in them and that there is hope and love in the world. (Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/So0rP_GSESw)
  • Clean Getaway by Nic Stone: This was a reread for me, but my teacher book club was reading it, so I wanted to be fresh on the details. Although I love the road trip aspect and learning about G’ma’s history in an interracial relationship, I found the closure on it to be unsatisfying (and I cannot tell you why because it is from the end of the book), but I still found the book enjoyable, know students love it, and am glad we read it for book club so I could revisit it.

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

Ricki

It’s finals week, and I am completely swamped, so I have to bow out this week! I will be reviewing on Thursday!

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This is our last IMWAYR post for a couple of weeks as we are going to take a Winter Break!
We wish you all happy holidays (if you celebrate), happy winter break (if you get one), and happy new year!

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Thursday: Waffles and Pancake: Planetary-Yum by Drew Brockington

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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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