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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 hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. 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!

Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee 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

top ten tuesday walden Henry's Freedom Box Civil Rights Text Set Ladder

bunny roo Night Animals Sea Rex Momo

Tuesday: Ten (+ Two) Books That Celebrate LGBTQ Characters

Tuesday: Special Announcement! 2015 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Finalists

Thursday: Civil Rights Text Set/Reading Ladder

Friday: Kellee’s Recently Read Picture Books: Penguin Young Reader Group

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: I was reminded of something this week: when I am reading to learn, I read much slower than for pleasure (I’m feeling for you Ricki!) even though I love it just as much. I read Dr. Frank Serafini’s newest book Reading Workshop 2.0 which is about adding digital tools to the reading workshop. I enjoyed, devoured, and tried to suck in every word. I will be reviewing it on Friday. I read the book in preparation for the August Twitter #rwworkshop chat which will feature Dr. Serafini–I am so excited! We would love if you read the book and joined us (or even join us if you haven’t read the book!).

I read two really great, but different, graphic novels. First, Sunny Side Up by Jenni and Matthew Holm. I read it for myself, but also in prep for one of my NCTE presentations. I plan on doing a post on all of my books for that presentation in November, so I look forward to sharing it with you; however, I will say it is a must read. I also read Teen Boat! The Race for Boatlantis by Dave Roman. It is the second book in the Teen Boat series. My students, and I, loved the first book, and this one is just as good as the first! I loved the new adventures of TB! (Thank you NetGalley!)

With Trent, I read four board books this week: The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! by Mo Willems, Where is Elmo’s Blanket? by Nancy Stevenson, Baby Animals: In the Wild by Kingfisher, and Skinnyjon Jones: Up and Down by Judy Schachner. Trent is really loving anything about trains/cars/trucks, animals, or Elmo, so these books were right up his alley!

Ricki: My dissertation proposal is due at the end of August, so I’ve been reading a lot of theory. I just finished Ideas by Edmund Husserl and Phenomenological Research Methods by Clark Moustakas. So that took a good chunk of my week. Henry and I read Your Alien by Tammi Sauer. It is a cute picture book about a boy who discovers an alien. After a few days together, the alien gets a bit homesick. I promise I am going to get more interesting soon.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I, like Ricki, plan on reading Cold War on Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren in preps for our book birthday post! I do have some more graphic novels from Netgalley to read as well as Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. I think after Cold War it is going to be a graphic novel week!

Ricki: I fell behind on my plans. I do plan to finish Cold War on Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren this week. I’m sorry I am being a boring blogger. I promise I will become more exciting once this dissertation stuff gets a bit lighter. 🙁

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday lucille ball circus mirandus reading workshop 2.0

Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

 So, what are you reading?

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23 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/27/15

  1. Linda Baie says:

    I think I will never read it, but your title “Phenomenological Research Methods” sounds fascinating-Hm-m. And I also believe I should be reading more graphic novels. I’ve not heard at all of Teen Boat, Kellee. Sunny Side up-yes!I’m sure it will be fun. And, FYI-the book is Cold War on Maplewood Street. Finally I found it, and it sounds good, not out yet, but soon! Happy reading, and proposal and/or presentation writing!

  2. Ms. Yingling says:

    Did enjoy Cold War on Maple Street as well as Sunny Side Up! Oh, what fun the Bicentennial was! Am I the only one who sort of wants to decorate an entire room around Bunny Roo? Some of the picture books have such pretty pictures! Children’s books in the 1990s were a little more… neon? I don’t remember being as taken with the ones I read to my children!

  3. I’m pretty nerdy, too, so I think the works you are reading for your dissertation sound fascinating!

    I love hearing about the graphic novels, too. It took me a while to warm up to the format, but I’ve come to really enjoy them.

  4. Beth S. says:

    I didn’t realize the newest Teen Boat was on NetGalley! I may have to check that out. I loved the first one way more than I expected to. It was surprisingly poignant given the ridiculous premise. 🙂

  5. I have Cold War too, I wanted to read it this week, but I’m soooo far behind in my reading!! How did summer get to this point, I’m not ready for school to start!
    I have Your Alien too. Super cute. I need to write a post for that one as well!
    I really enjoyed our Circus Mirandus chat last week. Glad you both were there!

    • Kellee says:

      I’m right there with you Michele!!!! I cannot believe summer is 2/3+ over!
      I am behind in reading, but a blog post deadline always pushes things to the front 🙂
      I’m looking forward to Your Alien.
      I am so glad we started the informal twitter book club! It is so wonderful!

    • I always enjoy chatting with you, friend. It seems our book piles look very similar. I am excited to compare notes with you!

  6. Crystal says:

    Yay for graphic novels! I want to get to a few more before summer is over. 🙂

    I am looking forward to Sunny Side Up.

  7. LOVE the Thursday post from last week – text set for Civil Rights. What a fantastic resource! Wishing you both lots of fun reads with your boys!

  8. Teen Boat was a GN I was on thefence about reading soI can recommend it to customers. Glad you liked it and I will check it out eventually. Happy Productive Reading to the both of you!

  9. Hello there Ricki! Best of luck on your dissertation. You can’t go wrong with phenomenological research. 🙂

  10. Hannahlily says:

    Whoa, somehow I totally missed Teen Boat! Definitely ordering it for my library!

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