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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.


Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ricki and Kellee’s #MustReadin2018 Lists


 Last Week’s Journeys


Happy New Year! I know I said I’d be back this week, but I forgot that Jim’s marathon weekend coincided with my Winter Break this year, so I am taking off one more week. (And the 8th is my first day back after break, so I have a feeling I am going to be exhausted!!) I will see you all next week 🙂


Happy New Year! This year, I am determined to read more books. Last year was a bit crazy with my move to Colorado, and I read fewer books than I’ve read in the last decade. I am ready to get back in the grove.

We had a wonderful visit with family and friends back in Connecticut and Massachusetts. I’ll admit that I didn’t read a lot of YAL, but I did read a massive number of new picture books. We were able to hit up the library. 🙂 Below, I detail the books we really enjoyed.

The Wolf, The Duck, and The Mouse is another winning title by Mac Barnett. I am continually blown away by his work. He and Jon Klassen are a magical pairing. Blue vs. Yellow by Tom Sullivan is a great book to teach colors. It makes for a very fun read-aloud. Love, Triangle by Marcie Colleen is a very adorable story, and it teaches a great lesson. It’s very common for a new friend to come between two best friends, and I think this story will feel relevant to many children. I loved the almost wordless La La La by Kate DiCamillo. The illustrations were marvelous. Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares. Oh my goodness. I love, love, love reading this book aloud. Every time my son and I read it, we desperately turn the pages as we hope that Red will find Lulu. My son still insists that they need to put the Rockefeller tree back after it goes up, and he argues with the book every time we finish. Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine is a very fun book. A friend called me to tell me that it was her son’s new favorite book, so I was excited to read it. It’s quite clever.


This Week’s Expeditions

I am finally out of my slump! I cannot wait to share with you next week everything I’ve read!


I am really enjoying We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. It’s very sad, so I am reading it in small segments.


Upcoming Week’s Posts


Tuesday: Kellee’s Favorite Reads of 2017: Picture Books and Early Readers

Wednesday: Kellee’s Favorite Reads of 2017: Middle Grade and Young Adult

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: Don’t Forget Dexter by Lindsay Ward

Friday: Ricki’s Top Ten (*ahem* Thirteen) Favorite Reads of 2017


 So, what are you reading?

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10 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 1/8/18

  1. Lisa Maucione says:

    I enjoyed reading aloud Red & Lulu before the holidays. My students enjoyed it. Gorgeous illustrations!

  2. Linda Baie says:

    Have a great week back, Kellee and Ricki. The holidays were terrific, now back to reading great books! I’ve read all those picture books but Blue/Yellow, Ricki and they are wonderful, I agree!

  3. Michele says:

    Kellee, good luck getting back to work after your fun weekend. Hope you’re on a warming trend down there 🙂
    Ricki, I need to find Blue vs. Yellow! It’s been on my radar for some time but my library hasn’t had it. Also, put Hope in the Holler on your radar, I think it’s one you’ll like!

  4. Enjoy your break, Kellee.

    Ricki, I have heard good things about We Are Ok – it’s on my list too!

    Both of you enjoy your books this week!


    Book By Book

  5. Laura Mossa says:

    I loved Red and LuLu! It will definitely be a read aloud every Christmas for students. Flashlight Night was also a favorite of students because of the illustrations.

  6. We are Okay has been in my to-read list for the longest time now. So I caved in – reserved it from our library – hopefully I find the time to read it.

  7. Beth S. says:

    I really need to get around to reading We Are Okay.

    I also really loved The Mouse, The Duck, and the Wolf.

  8. We are Ok is on my list of books to read. I’m ok with sad, but worry that there will be an excess of teen angst. Rickie I’m going to be looking forward to what you have to say about it.

  9. Earl Dizon says:

    A part of me feels like I shouldn’t read too much so I don’t have to write reviews for so many books.

  10. Happy 2018 to you both. Hope it is filled with reading and relaxing! I look forward to our continued conversations about books and reading!

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