It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/17/17


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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: MANY Reading Without Walls Recommendations

Wednesday: Animal Ark by Joel Sartore and Kwame Alexander

Thursday: Guest Review: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Friday: Picture Books That Celebrate Books!: Chicken Story Time by Sandy Asher & Mark Fearing; How This Book was Made by Mac Barnett & Adam Rex; and Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie


 Last Week’s Journeys


Trent and I read some fantastic picture books this week!
I’ve had Penguin Problems since NCTE, but Trent picked it up for the first time this week, and now he loves it and so do I! What a funny, cute book! We love penguins and this book is a wonderful penguin book.
This week, Trent got his first BOOX (Books in a Box) from Powell’s (a gift from Meemaw and G’dad), and it included Not Quite Narwhal and a stuffed Narwhal named Spike. Trent is obsessed with his Narwhal now and loves not only Spike but Kelp, the Narwhal in Not Quite Narwhal. It is a great story about fitting in and a good discussion starter about families.

Someone (I CAN’T REMEMBER WHO! Was it you?) recommend McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angelberger to us since Trent loves vehicles, and we read it this weekend. How wonderful is this book?!? Funny and informative combined with John Hendrix’s amazing illustrations = a new favorite!
Finally, we received One Lonely Fish by Thomas Flintham from Bloomsbury, and Trent and I have read it so many times! He still laughs when we get to #10. I love when we found books that make counting fun, and books that Trent feels confident to read himself.

Wow! I loved both of these middle grade novels, and I cannot wait to share the with you and with my students. Both deal with how differences shouldn’t cause bullying and discrimination.

Funny story! I thought I read this book, but when I went to go read the 3rd book and went to go read the notes I put for the 2nd book, and I realized I hadn’t reviewed the 2nd book on Goodreads which got me thinking, “Did I read the 2nd book?!?” But when I started thinking about it, I couldn’t remember much of the story. I talked to a student at school who had just read it, and he asked me some non-spoiler questions, and I realized I hadn’t! Everywhere I put that I was so excited for book 3, but I hadn’t read 2! But then I started listening to 2, and I knew everything that was going to happen. Now I was completely confused… But then, about 1/3 of the way into the book, I didn’t know what was going to happen, and I realized that I had only listened to a third of it! WHY?! I still don’t know why. But I finished it now! And loved it!


My dissertation defense is this week, so I have been preparing my presentation. I did take my boys to the bookstore and was able to read these two books to them. We also read several Batman books, that I am not including on this post (eye roll). Can you tell what my son is into these days?

I adored The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin. This is the perfect baby shower gift. It reminds me of Mem Fox’s Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes a bit–between the illustrations and the mama love.

The Lost House by B. B. Cronin is a bizarre book. Each page is one color, and readers have to look for things on the pages. I enjoyed it, and it is very artsy.

My sons and I enjoyed Cowboy Car by Jeanie Franz Ransom. They are hooked on vehicles, so this was a fun read for them.

My sons and I also enjoyed Splatypus by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. This is a great book about belonging.


This Week’s Expeditions


I cannot wait to read the next book in Sam’s story as I loved the first one so much. I also have Framed! by James Ponti to read for a review next month. I found out not long ago that Ponti is a local author which is so exciting!

These books looks so interesting, and I know my students will enjoy reading about these legends.

I HOPE that this becomes available at my library soon. I am hold 1 on 1 copy, so it can’t be any longer than 3 weeks, but that is a LONG time to wait for the finale! I’m so excited!


Because of my dissertation (and putting my house on the market), I don’t have time to read with my eyes. But I’ve been reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas with my ears as I drive. It’s incredible.


Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Unique Books

Wednesday:  An Interactive Children’s Book App: Care For Our World by Karen Robbins from Sunbreak Games

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: Cowboy Car by Jeanie Franz Random

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: Posted by John David Anderson

Sunday: Author Guest Post

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12 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/17/17”

  1. Kellee, as Earl said, I guess we’ve all had moments like yours. I’ve even bought books twice! And Ricki, best of wishes on that defense, and putting your house up too. You’ll be grateful for summer to come, I think!

  2. I’m glad you finally got through M2 🙂 I liked the conclusion of M3, but felt it was just a bit predictable. You’ve mentioned a few books I’m interested in, we’ll have to chat soon!
    Ricki, best of luck to you! I know it can be hard to juggle everything!

  3. So funny, Kellee, about not knowing if you read it or not! I have definitely had moments like that. I DID listen to Masterminds #2 and am excited to hear from you that #3 is now out. I will have to look for it.

    Ricki – I have been hearing SO many good things about The Hate U Give – glad you can at least squeeze in an audio! Good luck with your dissertation!


    Book By Book

  4. My students LOVE Masterminds, and we’ve definitely all put things down and forgotten where we were. I’ve even gotten nearly to the end of books and thought “Wait… this sounds familiar!” That’s one reason a blog and Goodreads are such great tools.

  5. Kellee, I laughed so much with Penguin Problems and the Angleberger book too.

    Ricki I hope the dissertation defense goes well. I believe in you. I so enjoyed The Hate U Give. I will have to try the audio too.

  6. I love reading about both of your reading experiences with your little ones. It’s so exciting to find out what they are into and up to.
    Kellee, I laughed when I read about your Mastermind confusion. Someone mentioned a new Rita Williams Garcia book today. When I went to add it to my goodreads list, I saw that I hadn’t read PS Be Eleven. Like you, I was certain that I had finished that series. I’ve downloaded the audiobook and hope to get to it soon!
    Goodluck with your dissertation this week Ricki!


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