It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 11/13/17


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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.


Lisa M.
for winning our giveaway of Space Boy and the Snow Monster by Dian Curtis Regan!


Last Week’s Posts

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top ten tuesday 

Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Would Make Good Leaders

Wednesday: Teaching Guide with Activities and Discussion Questions for Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin

Thursday: Aliens Get the Sniffles, Too! Ah-Choo! by Katy S. Duffield

Friday: Teaching Guide with Activities and Discussion Questions for Charlie and Mouse and Grumpy by Laurel Snyder

Sunday: Author Guest  Post!: “There’s No Such Thing as Pantsers” by Justin Lantier-Novelli, Author of Don’t Mess with Coleman Stoops


 Last Week’s Journeys


  • I started listening to the Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski after a student recommended it to me. I was on an audio book lull, so when I saw that my library had them all, I started listening, and I really am enjoying them! What a fun take on fairy tales! In each story, Abby and her brother Jonah get transported into different fairy tales and always end up causing a ruckus even when they try really hard not to.
  • For my teacher book club’s November title, we chose Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, and it is more than you could have expected from the summary. It is set with Son of Sam and a crazy summer in NYC as the background, but the story is so much more than the setting and historical aspects. It is a story of growing up and family and abandonment and friendship and love.
  • I then, on a whim, picked up House Arrest by K.A. Holt. I’ve had students recommend it, and I just randomly chose it–wow! I am so glad I did! It is a book that I wish I’d read when it came out, so I could have been recommending it since then. If nothing else, it is going to be a book I recommend highly to so many students going forward. Timothy just wants to help out his family, but after he steals a wallet to buy his baby brother’s medicine, he finds himself on house arrest for a year. This is his journal.

Trent and I had some fun this week reading some new books! I love when Trent is open to reading new stories!

  • If Picasso Painted a Snowman by Amy Newbold is a fun introduction to some of the best artists ever!
  • Up! Tall! And High! by Ethan Long is a silly book about adjectives with laugh-out-loud situations.
  • Boo Who? by Ben Clanton is about fitting in when you are new.
  • Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis is a book that I cannot believe I haven’t read yet. It is so interesting to try to figure out what the bugs are saying and to watch their world transform.
  • We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio is a perfect companion/introduction to Wonder as it is a perfect look at the themes that Wonder shows up.

Thank you all for being very patient with me while I moved into a new house. I had a lot going on this week with some major work items due and moving with two kids under four. 🙂 I am happy to say that I’m back in action and looking forward to seeing many of you at NCTE and ALAN!

I read Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds a couple of weeks ago and loved it. I’ve had three students read it since then, and we all are raving about it!

I went to high school with Julia Denos. She was a year above me, and her sister and I were very close friends in middle school. She is just as kind and smart as she seems in interviews and presentations. I think Windows is absolutely brilliant. She captures Somerville so well.

The final installation in Kobi Yamada’s series is a phenomenal ending. I was reluctant to read What Do You Do With a Chance? because I love the first two books, and I was pleasantly surprised by how different and complementary the book is. I am so grateful for this series.


This Week’s Expeditions

  • I am on #3 of the Whatever After series, and this time, Abby and Jonah are in “The Little Mermaid.”
  • My 7th grade book club has started up again (here’s info on last year!), and our first author that we’ll be Skyping with is Michele Weber Hurwitz. I’ve already read her Summer I Saved the World…in 65 Days, so I plan on reading her other two novels, Calli Be Gold and Ethan Marcus Stands Up. Looking forward to 12/1 and the Skype visit!!!


Moving has really cramped my style. I am halfway through Turtles All the Way Down and embarrassed that I haven’t finished it sooner. I love it thus far!


Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday

Tuesday: Ten Books We Plan to Read this Winter


After Tuesday, we will be taking some time off for conferencing, travel, and family. We’ll be attending two of our favorite events of the year!!!

We’ll be back the week of November 27th to catch everyone up. See you then 🙂

(On the 20th, we will still have the linky available for everyone to link up, so please stop by if you plan on doing an IMWAYR post.)


 So, what are you reading?

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12 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 11/13/17”

  1. I loved Burn, Baby, Burn and House Arrest, too, Kellee. Glad to hear that Trent is branching out with his books. For such a young child, I know that he knows so many books already! Ricki, I love Windows, too, and that you know the author. I think it would inspire lots of writing ideas in classrooms. Have a great time at NCTE!

  2. Kellee – I am also such a fan of House Arrest – can’t wait to read the companion novel! Ricki – so glad you are settling into your new home. Must have been so busy. I just ordered Windows as I want to use it for my Mock Caldecott his year! Enjoy NCTE – will be watching from afar via tweets!

  3. Busy week for both of you! I so want to read Burn, Baby, Burn, both for the setting and the story. And, of course, I want to read Turtles All the Way Down, too! I still need to read Paper Towns also – making my way through Green’s backlist.

    Enjoy your new home Ricki and I hope you both enjoy your books this week!


    Book By Book

  4. Hi Ladies!
    So excited for NCTE! It’s going to pass in a blink of an eye!
    Kellee, K is going to look for House Arrest!
    Ricki, I didn’t know about the new What Do You Do book! It doesn’t come out until next year, but I put it on my list!

  5. Kellee,
    House Arrest looks fabulous, but I know I won’t get to it before the end of the year. Maybe it will make my must read list for 2018. I’m a fan of Summer I Saved the World…in 65 Days and managed to convince teachers at our school to do it as a read aloud.
    I’m embarrassed that I got a netgalley copy of Long Way Down and never got to it. It will have to go on my list for next year along with Turtles All the Way Down.


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