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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.


Crystal for winning The Lost Girl giveaway!
Mary Alison for winning the Pumpsie giveaway!
Cassandra for winning the Duck and Hippo: The Secret Valentine giveaway!
Elisabeth for winning the Lost in the Antarctic giveaway!



Wednesday: Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro

Friday: Complexity in Someday by David Levithan

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “The Writing Process” by Lauren L. Wohl, Author of Extravaganza at the Plaza

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It is time to celebrate Trent’s birthday (HE IS GOING TO BE FIVE!), so today and next Monday I’ll be spending time with my family. I’ll be back on March 4th 🙂


I finished the ARC of Jo Knowles’ latest book, Where the Heart Is. I loved this book. It tackles issues not commonly seen in middle grade literature. The main character is questioning her sexuality in ways that felt very real to me. Her parents are struggling financially and aren’t sure if they are going to be able to pay their mortgage. It’s a powerful book about friendship, family, and identity.

My 5-year-old finished reading Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor all by himself! We tackled three new pages each day, and I am so, so proud of him. Thanks to some of our fellow bloggers (Elisabeth, especially), we have a solid list of other engaging early readers in our future. I don’t generally enjoy early readers, but there are some gems out there that I have loved.



My son and I enjoyed Fox the Tiger so much that we are going back a year and reading the first book, Fox is Late.

I am a few weeks delayed, but I am excited to get to On the Come Up by Angie Thomas this week. I just have to read a couple of journal issues that I missed last month first. 🙂


Tuesday: Teacher Action Research

Wednesday: Trent’s Favorite Reads as of his Fifth Birthday!

Thursday: Blog Tour with Reviews, Book Trailer, and Giveaway!: It’s Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: What If…? Then We…: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Possibilities  by Recebba Kai Dotlich


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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10 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 2/18/19

  1. Linda Baie says:

    I enjoy those Fox books, have learned about more of them since they are donated to the bookstore. Looking forward to Jo Knowles’ new book. I imagine it’s a wonderful story. Thanks, Ricki. And Happy Birthday to Trent! Wow, time flies!

  2. Beth Shaum says:

    I want to read ON THE COME UP so bad right now too but I have so much Walden reading to do. Will likely listen to the audio.

  3. Shaye says:

    Kellee~ Happy Birthday to Trent!! My youngest will be five in March. My how time flies…

    Ricki~ Where the Heart Is sounds so good. Thanks for sharing! I’m also looking forward to On the Come Up. Hope you enjoy it!

  4. Jana Eschner says:

    I just received a review copy of It’s Not Hansel and Gretel and I’m so excited to read it. Josh Funk’s books are always such fun! Have an awesome week!

  5. Michele Knott says:

    Hi Ladies!
    I hope all is well! Kellee, enjoy your time with family 🙂
    Ricki, I loved Jo’s new MG – what a spot on pitch perfect book, right? Enjoy On the Come Up – so much love for it!

  6. Lisa Maucione says:

    I have to check out From the Tiger. I am always on the lookout for great early reader books.

  7. Carrie Gelson says:

    Heard so much about Fox the Tiger, I just ordered for my classroom!

  8. I read the fox title this week too. Then I went and put holds on the other fox books in the series. It is hard to find really good titles for beginning readers.
    I have requested Where the Heart Is from Netgalley. I’m not sure even I would trust me to read and review it though.

  9. What?? How could your oldest boys be 5 years old already?? That seems impossible – I remember when they were born (and it doesn’t seem that long ago). Wow.

    ooh, I need to read the new Angie Thomas!

    Thanks for hosting & enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

  10. Crystal says:

    Yay for the 5th birthday Kellee!

    I just put a hold on On the Come Up. Where the Heart Is sounds great. Also, thanks for the book giveaway!!

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