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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 flying cars goodnight songs tristan wolf a story of now

Tuesday: Texts that Might Be On Ricki’s English Methods Syllabus

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons by Margaret Wise Brown

Giveaway open until Wednesday!

Sunday: Author’s Guest Post and Giveaway!: “Why We Still Need Coming Out Stories in YA Fiction” by Emily O’Beirne, Author of A Story of Now

Giveaway open until Saturday!

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: Well… this school year is totally exhausting me already. The first week (preplanning) was the hardest preplanning week I’ve ever had, and last week was just tiring because it was a first week of school. This is my third year as reading coach, but each year I have taught more classes (1 the first year, 2 last year, and now 4 this year), so I am getting back into the swing of teaching while also doing my reading coach job. PHEW! Each night I am falling asleep before I even pick my book up!

I did get to read two funny, wonderful picture books this week though! First, I am so excited that I finally got to read Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by my friend Josh Funk! It comes out tomorrow, and you all should read it! We’ll be reviewing it Thursday, come back then to learn more about it. I also read That’s (Not) Mine by Anna Kang in preparation for Friday’s review. It was a great follow-up to You Are (Not) Small.

Ricki: Henry and I went crazy reading picture books this week. We absolutely LOVED Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by my friend Josh Funk. Stop by tomorrow for his Top Ten Tuesday post! Also, we are reviewing it on the blog this Thursday. Yahoo! We also read That’s (Not) Mine by Anna Kang. It is particularly helpful right now because Henry has started saying “mine” and taking toys from me. We are working on his sharing skills.

We loved the beautiful artwork and imagery in The Promise by Nicola Davies. The storyline of The Perfect Percival Priggs by Julie-Anne Graham taught great lessons for kids who feel like perfectionists. And lastly, we enjoyed Roar by Julie Bayless. With few words, it is excellent fun!

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I hope to finish The Tiara on the Terrace this week (which is just as good, and maybe even better, than the first) thus finally getting to Hook’s Revenge, but we’ll just have to see how the week goes!

Ricki: My wonderful experience listening to I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson inspired me to ask for an Audible subscription to Audible. Does anyone have it? I am almost done with the book, and I love it. I’ve always loved audiobooks, but getting to pick the audiobook (rather than scrounging for free ones) was very exciting for me.

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday Handful of Stars lady pancake and Sir that's not mine

Tuesday: Extra Special Author Top Ten Tuesday!: Favorite Fictional Picture Book Educators by Josh Funk, Author of Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast

Sunday: 20 Desserts Inspired by Your Favorite Books

 So, what are you reading?

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18 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/31/15

  1. Linda Baie says:

    Well, I guess I’d better find Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast-those names are even being talked about on Facebook! Have a good week, Kellee and Ricki!

  2. You have piqued my interest in Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast. With a title like that, it’s bound to be fun!

    I did have an Audible subscription for awhile, but didn’t keep it. I’m so slow listening to audio books that it wasn’t worth it for me. I’m pretty well supplied with the Sync YA titles (which often expose me to books I love that I wouldn’t have chosen on my own). Our library als uses Overdrive, and I can borrow quite a few audiobooks from them.

  3. I’m still recovering from the first week too! So exhausting! I love the cover of Lady Pancake, but it rhymes, doesn’t it? I’m just so opposed to rhyme–unless Julie Donaldson is writing it. Perhaps I will have to overcome my prejudice. I have an Audible subscription and I love it, though I do sometimes have a tendency to listen to my podcasts on my commute instead of my audiobook. I love being able to choose from any title rather than rely on what the library has (very limited selection, most of which I’ve already read.) It feels very indulgent to get brand-new books! Audio sounds like a terrific format to read I’ll Give You the Sun. Glad to hear good things about the new Anna Kang. I was impressed by her Geisel winner.

    • Kellee says:

      Such an exhausting first week, and my second is starting just as stressfully! Hopefully it will get better soon.
      I liked this rhyming–you should try it. I think Josh did a great job!

  4. The Top Ten seems interesting. I love fictional teachers.

  5. Sounds like you are both very busy with school starting up! I am just the opposite – my sons both start classes again this week, my college son moved back to campus last week…so I am counting the days until I get my quiet house back and can get back to a more settled routine (and maybe even have time to review a book or two for a change!). Don’t get me wrong, I love my sons and always enjoy their company, but this summer has been a rough one and the past few weeks exhausting & hectic. I can’t wait for Sept. 1 tomorrow!

    Enjoy your books this week and the students’ return to classes!

    Sue

    Book By Book

    • Kellee says:

      Yay for getting back to a routine! I am trying to find my routine now that school is back 🙂 Enjoy your change back to quiet 🙂

  6. Beth S. says:

    I used to have an Audible subscription but I canceled it because my library has a great selection of audiobooks. Plus I didn’t like having to pay $14.99 a month for only one audiobook credit. From what I understand and what Sarah Andersen told me, Scribd is a better deal. It’s $8.99 a month for unlimited audiobooks so you might want to check that out.

    • Kellee says:

      I don’t know about Scribd–thank you! My library has a great selection of audios, so I am been quite successful with them.

  7. Ricki – I have Audible! I love it. I use Overdrive, too, for library audios, but they don’t always have the one available that I want. I’m excited about Josh Funk’s book!

  8. Can’t wait to read your LP and SFT post! I featured it on Friday. So fun. Loved the twist 😉

  9. Maria Selke says:

    Oh, I understand exhaustion! I’m on my first week with students right now.

    I’m definitely going to find Lady Pancake 🙂

  10. Lady Pancake seems to be receiving a lot of love this week – looks like a fun read! Looking forward to reading it.

  11. Debbie says:

    Excited to get Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast soon… on hold at library… I’m listing to I’ll Give You the Sun now… I have an Audible subscription. You DON’T have to pay for a monthly subscription… look into alternative ones- I think I have a bronze subscription where I get a new audiobook every few months, less money overall and with the audiobooks from YASync and the library I haven’t noticed a different… plus I like Audible because I can preorder an audiobook then have it ready to go. 🙂

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