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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: Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

Wednesday: The Princess Games by Danai Kadzere

Thursday: Ricki and Henry’s Favorite Children’s Books (1-2 years)

Friday: A Carnival of Cats by Charles Ghign

 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: This week I finished two very different books! First, I finished How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon which was such a tough yet important and well done read. I think this is one of those books that everyone needs to read. I cannot wait to book talk it to my 8th grade class because I think that many of them will want to read Tariq’s story. Also, being so close to where the Trayvon Martin murder happened makes the story even more relevant. Then, a complete switch in type of novel, I read Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis based on the recommendation of Josh Funk. Man! Timmy Failure is such a silly book! I can see why my 7th grade student loves them so much, and now that I’ve read it, I cannot wait to share it because I think my Diary of a Wimpy Kid gang will really love Timmy.

Ricki: I read and absolutely loved Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom. The story is about a girl who is blind and a runner. How do you run if you are blind? I feel like I learned so much for this book about the physical and mental strength of this young girl. Frankly, I can’t quite find the words to express how much it taught me about life. The narrator is feisty, and I appreciated her candor about her disability. I highly recommend it. 

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee:  I’d planned on reading an Andrew Smith novel this week, but I got sick and needed something a bit lighter, so I started Camp Utopia and the Forgiveness Diet by Jenny Ruden, and it is seems like it is going to be a fun YA novel. I then plan on reading Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro then The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart with Michele Knott.

Ricki: I have two hours left of The Martian by Andy Weir. I will definitely finish it this week. I am also about halfway through Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and I am really enjoying it.

Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Introduction to Text Sets for Teachers Series

Wednesday: Text Sets for Teachers: Growing Pains: Looking at the Subject of Coming of Age

Thursday: Text Sets for Teachers: What is a Hero?: Exploring the Concept of a Hero

Friday: Text Sets for Teachers: Prejudice: Is It Something We Can Control?

Sunday: Text Sets for Teachers: The Power of Words: Witnessing the Impact of Words

 So, what are you reading?

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10 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/14/15

  1. Linda Baie says:

    I know I’d like to read How It Went Down, hope to some time! The book Not If I See You First sounds so interesting, Ricki. I read a book that was written by a blind man a long time ago, and part of what I remember is that a friend took him in the country & let him drive. He loved it! The friend just told him things & they zoomed along! Have a good week both of you!

  2. Earl says:

    I just finished Simon the other day. And I think I met the author of Not If I See You First earlier this year but yeah it seemed so long ago and the book just came out recently.

  3. Kay says:

    Even though you read such different books, they all sound good. How It Went Down sounds like an important books. I’m looking forward to reading your text set series.

  4. Beth Shaum says:

    How It Went Down is a book that still haunts me. Such an important read. Would be a great book to pair with All American Boys.

    I’ll be interested to hear what you think of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda. I wasn’t a huge fan of it but it was an enjoyable read.

  5. LOVED How it Went Down. Very curious about your text set series. Looking forward to reading more.

  6. Love the look of the text-set series for teachers. We are planning on publishing a similar PD text very soon. 🙂

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