It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/18/17


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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: Top Ten Favorite Books to Read with my Mom from Sarah H., 8th grade

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk

**Giveaway open until Wednesday!**


 Last Week’s Journeys


Thank you all so much for your kind words regarding Hurricane Irma! We lost some fence and power for a bit, but overall we were so lucky versus others who are still dealing with no power, flooding, or damaged homes. They are in my thoughts! We’ve been out of school all week, so one plus is that I had extra time with Trent and books!

I don’t often get to go be class mom at Trent’s school, but this week, I went in to not only to spend some time with them, but I also got to release his class’s butterflies and read his class a book (Hand, Hand, Finger Thumb by Al Perkins)!!!

The other picture books I read this week was Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex which is so funny and creative yet has such a great theme underneath the silliness.

Middle Grade

  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate is all I wanted it to be! Katherine has such a way of writing a story that seems like one thing on the surface but is so much deeper in the end.
  • Stealing Our Way Home by Cecelia Galante was recommended to me by Michele, and I can definitely see why she is recommending it. It is about climbing back up from the bottom as a family.
  • I really liked The Terrible Two Get Worse by Mac Barnett! I think the first of the series was setting up for this story which I felt had more heart and story than the first.
  • The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers is on our state list (SSYRA) and is one of my students’ favorites so far.

Young Adult

  • I am so sad yet happy to finally be done with the Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman. It was such a PERFECT ending, and I loved the entire experience!
  • The Border by Steve Schafer is a must read book. It shows the humanity and hardship behind immigration. Steve Schafer said this on Twitter, and I agree: “I loved how THUG turned an issue into an individual’s battle. It made the emotion & nuance shine. The Border tries the same for immigration.”
  • Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett looks at memory in an interesting way (like More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera although not like it also). And it is structured so interestingly and had such a true romance.


For picture books, this week, I read Truck Stop by Anne Rockwell (a great book for vehicle lovers); Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters by Jane Yolen (a fun book with clever language and fantastic illustrations); Look Up! by Jung Jin-Ho (a translation with almost no words that is very imaginative); The Fuschia is Now by J.otto Seibold (a futuristic book that is intriguing); City Lullaby by Marilyn Singer (a book with great counting and vehicles); Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds (a book with a beautiful moral), and What George Forgot by Kathy Wolff (a silly story that kept my son guessing).

Picking a favorite would be difficult. I will read Nerdy Birdy again and again. The moral is so important, and it teaches the value of kindness to those who might feel alone. I also adored the almost wordless, Look Up!. This translation is quite clever and fun to read.

I also REREAD one of my absolute favorite books, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I am so, so excited to discuss it with my college students on Monday and Wednesday. I have some big plans for our discussion. 🙂


This Week’s Expeditions

  • Currently reading: Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker
  • Currently listening to: Refugee by Alan Gratz
    • Well, technically, I haven’t started either, so I’ll give you updates next week!

I nabbed Patina by Jason Reynolds from the library. I was so excited to see that it was available!


Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ten Websites/Resources for Parents/Teachers to Who Want to Talk to Kids About Books

Wednesday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine

Thursday: Here Comes Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood

Friday:  New-to-Me Favorite Bilingual Picture Books from Arte Público Press: Growing Up with Tamales by Gwendolyn Zepeda; Esteban de Luna, Baby Rescuer! by Larissa M. Mercado-López; The Little Doctor by Juan J. Guerra; Dalia’s Wondrous Hair by Laura Lacámara; The Runaway Piggy by James Luna; Grandma’s Chocolate by Por Mara Price

 So, what are you reading?

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27 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/18/17”

  1. I loved Wishtree. I can’t wait to get my own copy. Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets of the Universe is not a book I know about, but I just looked it up and it sounds amazing!

  2. I’m still waiting for Wishtree, know it will be great when I finally read it! Thanks both of you for new picture books. They just keep coming, don’t they? Have a wonderful week!

  3. Glad to hear you fared OK in the hurricane, Kellee. I love that you spent your week off reading so many great books! I felt the same way about finishing the Unwind series – loved it so much! He is just so clever. I need to catch up on some of his more recent books. And I’m so excited about another new Gratz novel! I have that one in my audio backlog, too – hope to get to it soon.

    Ricki, I also loved Aristotle & Dante – wish I could be in your class! I still need to read his 2nd novel.

    Hope you both have a good week & enjoy your books!


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  4. I enjoyed Wishtree and Nothing Rhymes with Orange last week, too. I’m eagerly awaiting Josh Funk’s newest book and can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’m so glad that you and your family came out of the storms all right. Have a great week!

  5. I’ll be interested in hearing how listening to Refugee goes. I wonder if it will be confusing because of the three narrators, but really that’s probably my own inability to attend! Need that visual piece!

  6. Aristotle and Dante is one of my all-time favorite books. I NEED to listen to the audiobook since Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates it!

    I’m excited to read Nothing Rhymes with Orange. Adam Rex is one of my all-time favorite authors.

  7. Kellee, I’m so glad you all were safe and sound during the troublesome weather. I am really looking forward to getting Wishtree.

    Ricki, I thought Look Up! was great. Enjoy Patina!

  8. Kellee, I couldn’t get into The Girl in the Well is Me. I have a really hard time reading any kind of mean girl books. Everyone We’ve Been Does look good. I just put a hold on Wishtree.
    Rickie, what a wonderful collection of picture books. I’m also a fan of Aristotle and Dante. Enjoy Patina.

    • I had a hard time with Girl in the Well also! But my students love it! Everyone We’ve Been was very interesting–worth the read. And enjoy Wishtree 🙂

  9. Hi Kellee, great to hear that you are doing well after the hurricane. And Ricki, I remember how much Ari and Dante broke my heart in the end, still haven’t read his Inexplicable Logic of My Life. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your reading week!


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