It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/11/16


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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 animal atlas All American Boys knowing book daniel finds a poem hoot and peep a big surprise for little card Nick and Tesla 6 Cover_72dpi_120715

Tuesday: Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 1000 Ratings On Goodreads

Wednesday: Animal Planet Animal Atlas

Thursday: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Friday: Recently Loved Picture Books: The Knowing Book by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer, Hoot and Peep by Lita Judge, & A Big Surprise for Little Card by Charise Mericle Harper

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “An Enterprising Young Reader” by Steve Hockensmith, Co-Author of Nick and Tesla’s Solar-Powered Showdown


 Last Week’s Journeys

I love the summer! It is more than just having time off; I love that I can stay up super late and read! It is the time of the day that I work and read the best!

This last week, I read all of the picture books that I am reviewing this week. I also read:

great pet escape

The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson was so much fun! It reminds me a bit of Secret Life of Pets, but it is the secret life of school pets. And Jamieson’s illustrations are perfect for the story!

the lions of little rock

I was also able to finish my reread of The Lions of Little Rock and the activity/presentation I am working on with Ricki. I am very proud of it; I look forward to sharing it closer to NCTE 🙂


Along with Klassen’s Hat Trilogy finale, the finale of Becker’s Journey Trilogy is one that many readers have been waiting for. And you will not be disappointed! I’ll be blogging about the whole trilogy soon–I can’t wait to share with you how much I loved it!

busy builders

We have a new favorite in our reading rotation: Busy Builders, Busy Week by Jean Reidy. Construction worker animals plus trucks and machinery equals a win for my two year old!

ocean animals farm animals animal planet wild animals real or fake coyote moon

I also had time to fit in some really phenomenal informational nonfiction texts which we will be reviewing soon.

ghosts poptropica 2

Finally, I read two graphic novels. First, GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier!!! I was so excited to read Raina’s newest book. It is very different than her others; however, it is just as thoughtful and well done. I also read the second Poptropica graphic novel which continued the first adventure.


Fun Home

I’ve always wanted to read Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. It was published in 2007, yet I see it referenced all of the time. It was marketed as an adult book, but many young adults read it because most of the story takes place in childhood to young adulthood. Now I completely understand why people love it. It may just rank up there as one of my favorite graphic novels. Despite the fact that it is an older text, I am going to write a full review for it. I have so much to share!

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Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos has also been on my list for quite some time. It is about two sisters who travel with their parents to Canada because they are undocumented and fear they will be deported. When they are turned away, they are shocked that their father is then arrested at the border for their expired visas. The two sisters try to pull together to get their father free. I learned a lot and appreciated the author’s note at the end.


This Week’s Expeditions

I have assessment writing on Monday and Tuesday, so I am worried about having a bit less time for reading; however, I hope to fit a ton of reading into the rest of the week. I’m not sure what I am going to pick up yet–I will let you know!


I am still continuing with my project that requires me to become more familiar with literature that features Muslim characters. I have a stack of books in my bedroom and am not sure which one I will read next! I kind of like the thrill of scanning the stack and just picking at random!


Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ten Bookish Facts About Us

Wednesday: Please Be Nice to Sharks: Fascinating Facts about the Ocean’s Most Misunderstood Creatures by Matt Weiss

Thursday: Blog Tour, Author Guest Post, and Review!: Ah-Choo! by Lana Wayne Koehler and Gloria G. Adams

Friday:  Modern Immigrant Experience in Fiction Picture Books: Tía Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina & A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts

Sunday: Author Guest Post!

 So, what are you reading?

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9 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/11/16”

  1. As you’ve seen, I’ve read & am sharing the Aaron Becker trilogy today. What a marvelous set of books for numerous ages! I’m interested in Ask Me No Questions, and will find it, Ricki. Have you read Katherine Boo’s Beyond The Beautiful Forevers-fascinating & heartbreaking too. Thanks for all you’ve shared!

    • No kidding! The spam shield has it out for us.
      I love the Becker trilogy–it is brilliant! And I enjoyed your review today! I cannot wait to review it as well.


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