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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

top ten tuesday i want to be an astronaught i want to be a lion tamer

not if I see you first last stop on market street imp

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Literary Couples

Wednesday: I Want to Be a… books by Ruby Brown

Thursday: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Friday: Talking about Last Stop on Market Street in a Middle School Classroom

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “All About Imps” by Henry Herz, Author of When You Give an Imp a Penny

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: This week was so wonderful! My sister, mom, brother, and brother-in-law all visited, I took off Thursday and Friday to spend time with them, we spent Thursday at Disney, and Trent’s party on Saturday was a success! It is nice to have today off, but it is back to the grind tomorrow. AND I even had time to read!

I finished two graphic novels: Lost in NYC by Nadja Spiegelman and Comic Squad #2: Lunch! edited by Jennifer L. Holm and Jarrett J. Krosoczka. I really liked Lost in NYC and how the book was a narrative but also informational about NYC, architecture, history, and the subway. Lunch! was a fun short graphic anthology, but I was mostly excited about Nathan Hale’s WWII story! It was so interesting, funny, and smart–just like his graphic novels. I also finally read the Caldecott winning Finding Winnie, and I loved that it was written by the great-granddaughter of Capt. Colebourn, the serviceman that owned Winnie originally.  It seemed almost primary source-like because of this connection. I also read Reproductive Rights: Who Decides? by Vicki O. Wittenstein which we’ll review next week. It was SO full of information. Finally, my sister and I read Oh My a Fly! by Jan Pieńkowski, which is a book from our childhood, with Trent! He is finally able to read pop-up books and is loving them!

Ricki: Henry and I read Snatchabook by Helen Docherty tonight for the first time since he was very young, so he understands it now. When we got to the scene where the books were being stolen, he started crying hysterically and saying, “No take the books!” over and over. We finally got to the ending, and he was still gasping for air, and he demanded that I read it two more times. I cut him off after this because I felt like I was emotionally traumatizing my child over and over! I had to stop him in the middle of the second and third reading, and say, “Henry, are the books going to come back?” He said, “Ya,” between his tears. Ha ha.  

I also read Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928 by David Wallace Adams. This is a comprehensive book about Indian boarding schools, and I highly recommend it. It is incredibly eye-opening and many aspects are applicable to schools today. 

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I am currently in the middle of Kiki and Jacques, and I am enjoying it. I think it introduces middle grade readers to an important part of history while also being relatable. After that, I plan on reading The Honest Truth which is on my #mustreadin2016 list and is our first book in my school’s faculty book club!!! I also have a couple early reader biographies and picture books to read and review.

Ricki: I am hoping to read All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely tonight. I have so much work to get done for my class that I am worried I won’t finish it in time for my book club!

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday trashed

happy dandelion

Blog20160208_160614 Sleight of Hand

Tuesday: Songs We Wish Were Books

Wednesday: Trashed by Derf Backderf

Thursday: The Happy Dandelion App

Friday: Precepts

Sunday: Author Guest Post! by Sue Duff, Author of Sleight of Hand

 So, what are you reading?

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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24 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 2/15/16

  1. Linda Baie says:

    I’m glad it was a wonderful ‘birthday’ week, Kellee, and hope you did have time for All American Boys, Ricki. And, hoping that you have a good day today!

  2. Ricki: I loved Henry’s response to Snatchabook! What an empathetic reader.

    Kellee: I’ve always wanted to find Lost in NYC – one of our favourite cities. 🙂

  3. I love hearing about what Trent and Henry are reading and enjoying as well as what their Mommies are reading. Thanks for co-hosting this meme each week.

  4. Wow, sounds like you both had great reading weeks! I loved hearing about Henry’s reaction to the book – isn’t that amazing when our kids – at such a young age – can respond so emotionally to a book?

    Hope you both enjoy your books this week!

    Sue

    Book By Book

  5. Kay says:

    Kellee, Yea for families and birthday and reading and Disney! Don’t you just love sharing books from your childhood–especially when your child enjoys them, too!

    Rikki, I loved Henry’s reaction to the books being stolen (not him being traumatized–just that he loves books that much!)

  6. Kellee – your weekend sounded great! Happy birthday to Trent! Henry’s reaction to Snatchabook is amazing – such an emotional response! I loved the audio of All American Boys, Ricki, and I need to get to The Honest Truth, too, Kellee. I saw that Dan Gemeinhart has a new one out that’s getting good reviews!

  7. Hi Ladies!
    Kellee, Disney!! I’ll be there in less than a month! You don’t have an early spring break, do you??
    I’m interested in hearing about the book you’re reading. Let us know!
    Ricki, I so hope you’re loving All American Boys. I think it’s one that you and I would like discussing!

  8. Beth Shaum says:

    I can’t wait to hear what you thought about All American Boys, Ricki. Such an important book.

  9. Ricki – I am reading All American Boys with my family right now. A powerful title for us. I loved The Snatchabook! What a reaction for Henry. I can understand his dismay! Kellee, can’t wait to hear what you think of The Honest Truth. I read it very quickly. It’s hard to put down! Sounds like some lovely family time.

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