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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: Gateway Books for Kids Who Say They Don’t Like to Read

Wednesday: When Paul Met Artie by G. Neri

Thursday: Astronaut Annie by Suzanne Slade

Friday: Granted by John David Anderson


 Last Week’s Journeys


I cannot wait to share this book with you on Friday. I’m so glad that I was introduced to this series.


The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds is a standout. Lovers of words will adore this book. I had a great discussion with my son about collections. I love the idea of collecting words, and I think I’ll start this with him when he is a little bit older.

Dance, Dance, Dance! by Ethan Long would make an enjoyable read-aloud. It’s very silly! I Am Famous by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie is a fun book about a girl who believes she is famous. I can think of several adorable divas that I know who will love this book. What Happens Next by Susan Hughes is a book about how to react to bullying. I would recommend this title for upper elementary schoolers. It is stylistically very interesting (but was much too mature for my four-year-old!). Terrific Tongues by Maria Gianferrari was not what I expected! It features all of the crazy, neat things that different animals can do with their tongues.

I loved Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll. Emily beautifully captures the original version of the book. This graphic novel version has many similarities with the prose version, yet it feels different. Even though I knew the story, it hit me hard. I love and will cherish both versions.


This Week’s Expeditions


  • I am still listening to The Runaway King, and although it is different than the first one, I am really enjoying Jaron’s story! I know I am loving my audiobook when I find myself wanting to listen instead of talking to anyone.
  • I am so excited to read the Secondhand Heroes series! I own the first one and students love it and most have read the second from our school library, but I have the third to read also. And I may even be more excited to bring them all into the classroom when I am done!
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker is a graphic novel that I’ve been so excited to read!
  • Sugar by Jewell Parker-Rhodes was recommended to me from a student at the very beginning of the year, and she even lent me her book; however, I feel so bad that I forgot about it! I hope to read it this week.

I’ve been reading several books simultaneously. It’s been great, but I think I’ll be focusing on finishing this one this week. 🙂


Upcoming Week’s Posts

Tuesday: Teaching After Parkland

Wednesday: Sylvia Rose and the Cherry Tree by Sandy Shapiro Hurt

Thursday: Adventures in Science: Human Body by Courtney Acampora

Friday: My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined Cinderella by Jerry Mahoney


 So, what are you reading?

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19 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/12/18

  1. Linda Baie says:

    The Prince and The Dressmaker is a new title to me, as is If I Ever Get Out of Here. More on the list! Thanks, Kellee & Ricki!

  2. Michele says:

    Hi Ladies! It’s been a few weeks 🙂
    Kellee – I’ve got The Prince and the Dressmaker to read this week. Looks really good. I’m interested to hear more about the Cinderella book.
    Ricki – I can’t wait to hear more about If I Ever Get Our of Here. He was interesting to listen to at the Scholastic breakfast. One day I’ll get to his books!
    Happy reading this week!

  3. I really enjoyed your review of Granted, this past week. I have it in my hot little hands and can’t wait to start it later this week. I also really enjoyed The Word Collector, this week. A friend dropped off her copy for me to read, but I think I’ll have to get my own! I’m also wondering if my oldest son would enjoy the Secondhand Heroes series. So I’ll do some poking around. Thanks for all the shares, this week!

  4. Stefanie says:

    There are some cute covers in this post. I like the idea of a word collector. My fifth grader is trying to finish the last of that Ascendance trilogy but she’s been busy reading classroom library books mostly.

  5. Do you know I have never read a Laurie Halse Anderson book? I know – shameful! The Speak graphic novel sounds great – I have heard that’s a powerful novel.

    Hope you both enjoy your books this week!


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  6. Earl Dizon says:

    Emily Carroll’s art is amazing. I just read The Word Collector today. Reynolds delivers yet again.

  7. Kellee – glad you are continuing with The False Prince trilogy. Lots of drama! Ricki – I loved the novel Speak – can’t imagine it as a graphic novel. But have heard great things.

  8. Kellee,
    Sugar is on my list of books to read, but I’ve never gotten around to it. It sounds fascinating.
    Ricki, I’m going to try and track down a copy of What Happens Next. It sounds like an interesting book to read to students when I am substitute teaching.

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