It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 6/27/16


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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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top ten tuesday 100 things Grimm's Fairy Tales

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Tuesday: Reasons to Read

Wednesday: National Geographic’s 100 Things to Know Before you Grow Up

Thursday: Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm, Audio Book Collection by Listening Library

Friday: Future Problem Solving International Conference Update

Sunday: Author Interview with Diane Gonzales Bertrand by Wendy Martin, Illustrator of The Story Circle


 Last Week’s Journeys

ala annual

I had the amazing opportunity to go to ALA this weekend! Then on Monday, I am so happy to be able to go see a preview of The BFG movie (The BFG is one of my top 10 favorite books!). I will update you all and visit with you next week. Happy reading everyone! 🙂


the memory of things

This week, I finished Gae Polisner’s A Memory of Things. What a fabulous book! Someone (Beth Shaum, was it you?) wrote in her review that she liked how the book was about 9/11 without being about 9/11, and I couldn’t agree more. There are so many fantastic themes in this book, and it would be a great book to use in classrooms. I look forward to writing a full review soon!


I also finished Danielle Rollins’ Burning. I really enjoyed her first book, The Mercilessso I was excited to read this one, too. She writes fantastic thrillers that have elements of fantasy but feel very realistic. In this story, the narrator is in juvenile hall. A mysterious juvie shows up who throws the entire juvenile hall into a mysterious, creepy state. I am not extremely experienced in this genre, but the book gave me the chills!

night gardener

Henry and I read The Fan Brothers’ The Night Gardener. This was a beautiful book that is wonderfully illustrated. Henry loved all of the animals, and I loved the mystical story.


This Week’s Expeditions


I am reading Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time, so I am happy to cross it off my bucket list! So far, I am enjoying it a lot.

the unlikely hero of room 13b

I am listening to Teresa Toten’s The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. I am really loving the characterization, but I am wondering if I am missing a lot without the illustrations. Can anyone provide their thoughts on this one? I just signed the actual book out of the library, so I may flip through to see if I missed anything.

Human Rights in Children's Literature

I’ve begun reading Jonathan Todre and Sarah Higinbotham’s Human Rights in Children’s Literature for a review for an academic journal. It is focused on law, but I am interested to see how these ideas apply to education.


Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Jobs for People Who Love Books

Wednesday: National Geographic’s Awesome 8

Thursday: Burning by Danielle Rollins

Friday: Whose Story Is This Anyway? by Mike Flaherty

Sunday: Author Guest Post!

 So, what are you reading?

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23 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 6/27/16”

  1. So happy you got to go to ALA, Kellee! From your FB posts, it looks like you had an amazing time!

    And Ricki, yes, it was me who said TMOT was about 9/11 without being 9/11 but others have said that about the book as well so I don’t want to claim originality on that sentiment. 🙂

  2. I’m sure I’ve read the BFG, but my memories are vague. I do need to find it and reread before the movie!
    I can’t wait to read The Memory of THings. I’m hearing so much good about it.

  3. So glad you finally got to read Persepolis, Ricki, and glad you are enjoying it! I just finished Persepolis 2 last month.

    Burning sounds really intriguing – I’m not sure I’ve ever read a thriller with fantasy elements before, but my son and I like TV shows like that, so I would probably enjoy it!

    And I have done exactly that – gone to the library to get a book out that I am listening to on audio so I can also see the illustrations! Sometimes, a book has the best of both worlds – great audio production & great illustrations. I did that last year with Challenger Deep – the drawings were an integral part of the book but the audio was also the perfect way to experience it.

    Enjoy your books…and Kellee, hope you are enjoying ALA!


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