It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/12/16


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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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Tuesday: Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016

Wednesday: Mean Machines: Supercars (Mean Machine Series) by Kane Miller Books

Thursday: Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young

Friday: Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “This is Useful for Teachers” by Mark Geatches, Author of Tamar and PJ: One Giant Adventure


 Last Week’s Journeys


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I did a book path (similar to a book pass but the kids move) of all my new books for the classroom library (from NCTE/ALAN and a book order), and these were three that I wanted to read before students checked them out and they did not get returned until the end of the year. All three books were quite good! The 3rd HiLo may just be my favorite because we’re really starting to get into HiLo’s story, Dog Man is such a ridiculous premise but also so funny, and Double Down shows me that the last couple of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books weren’t a fluke and Greg is actually growing up some.


Wishapick by M.M. Allen is a fun introduction to the world of fantasy novels and will also be perfect to give to fans of the Spiderwick Chronicles.


I also finally had the pleasure to read Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet this week. I can definitely see why there is so much hype around this book. I loved Sweet’s picture book biographies but this one goes to a whole new level. Brilliantly crafted, illustrated, and written!


I am excited that I just submitted a manuscript for publication. I worked on it all week, so I was more productive with my writing than my reading. I’ve also been reading excerpts from textbooks to try to decide which books to use next semester with my pre-service teachers. I will share more about these later. 🙂


This Week’s Expeditions

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I have some lofty December goals! First, I want to finish my #mustreadin2016 titles, and I have four more: Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle, Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code, Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña, and The Nest by Kenneth Oppel (though I may only read 3 of them; I keep trying to read The Nest, and it is just too creepy for me).

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I also want to try to read some of our Mock Newbery titles in preparation for our voting on January 19th (the 2016 Youth Media Award announcements will take place on Monday, Jan. 23, at 8 a.m. ET).


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I am just about finished with The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, and it is incredible. I can’t wait to share more about it!

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I am about to start For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…And the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education by Christopher Emdin. This book is very relevant to my work, so I am very excited to read and learn from it.


Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Books We Want to Read That We Heard About at NCTE/ALAN

Wednesday: On the Construction Site by Carron Brown

Thursday: The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu

Friday: Noodles’ and Albie’s Birthday Surprise by Eric Bennett

 So, what are you reading?

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20 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/12/16”

  1. Ghost, Pax, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, and the Wild Robot are all AMAZING. I enjoyed each one of those. The Nest sounds really good as well and I’ve added it to my TBR. I purchased The Sun is Also a Star a couple of weeks ago and am looking forward to it as well. It’s a great list and I hope you enjoy them.

  2. Looking forward to tomorrow’s post – I wonder if you picked up things I missed? Love comparing book lists!
    Happy reading (and writing!) to you both this week.
    Ricki, finish TSIAAS… so good!

  3. I have Some Writer from the library but haven’t read it yet. I was expecting it to be a typical picture book biography but it’s a lot longer than I expected. Gonna have to find time to read that one among all of my Walden committee reading.

  4. WOW, Ricki! I didn’t know you were writing a book! Congratulations on turning it in! That’s a huge accomplishment. And with a new baby, too!

    Looks like a wonderful pile of great books for the next month, Kellee! The only one of those I have read so far was Pax, which I listened to on audio. It was fabulous! Really reminded me of Kate DiCamillo’s novels.

    Enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

    • Hi! It’s definitely not a book! It’s just a manuscript for a scholarly article. 🙂 I am working on my dissertation, which will be a book, I suppose. Thank you for these positive thoughts!

  5. Ricki, congratulations on your manuscript! I have The Nest as an audiobook and have been putting off listening to it because I saw Oppell talk about it, and know I won’t be able to handle it. How do all these kids read this stuff anyway? I think The Sun is Also a Star is a book that will have to go on my 2017 mist read list.
    Kellee, I purchased Dog Man as a Christmas gift for one of my great nephews! I’m glad it’s good because I’m not going to have time to get to it before I send it off.
    Hope you both have fabulous reading weeks.


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