It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/18/17


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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: Ten Favorite Christmas Books from Maria N., 7th grade

Wednesday: The Musnet Series by Kickliy

Thursday: Inky’s Great Escape by Casey Lyall

Friday: Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares


 Last Week’s Journeys



I love this series! Abby and Jonah are such good kids yet there are still lessons in each books without them ever losing their integrety. I also love how each fairy tale is looked at in a modern light and helps the characters get an ending they actually want and deserve.

Confession: I did a good amount of audiobook listening, but I did not read hardly at all. SHHHHH! This seems to happen to me about once a year where reading removes itself from my routine, but I’ll definitely work on getting it back in. I think part of it is that I have been working really hard on proposals for NCTE 2018 including reading research, reaching out to publishers, and collaborating with other educators. Working on proposals plus busy holiday activities equals asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. Thank goodness for audiobooks!


Holy, heck. This book. American Street by Ibi Zoboi is absolutely incredible. As I was reading it, I turned to my husband and said, “This book is so good.” It’s beautifully written; it’s lyrical; it’s powerful.

We’ve been reading a lot of new picture books at my house. These three stand out as stellar reads. Little i by Michael Hall is about a lower-cased i who loses his dot. He goes searching for it. Don’t Forget Dexter by Lindsay Ward is a household favorite. My son fondly calls it “my dinosaur book.” He has many dinosaur books, so this is a big compliment. And we adore The Bad Seed by Jory John. It has been a great resource to discuss good and bad behavior. I like how it complicates common notions of the ideas of being simply “bad” or “good.” It also teaches kids about bettering themselves.


This Week’s Expeditions

Let’s see what the week brings. I don’t want to say what I hope to read just in case I have another less than stellar reading week because I don’t want it to seem like it was the book. It never is.

I will be continuing my listening of the Whatever After series. I look forward to see where they go next!


I just started The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater, and I can already tell it is going to be a great read.


Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ten Books We Hope Santa Brings to our Boys

Wednesday: If Picasso Painted a Snowman by Amy & Greg Newbold

Thursday: Windows by Julia Denos

Friday: Children of Exile and Children of Refuge by Margaret Peterson Haddix


 So, what are you reading?

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8 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/18/17”

  1. I am also LOVING American Street! Listening on audio, and it is such a powerful and amazing story, especially told in a Haitian accent. I can hardly stand to remove my earbuds!

    I haven’t heard of The 57 Bus yet.

    Hope you have a better reading week, Kellee.


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  2. Glad you loved AMERICAN STREET, Ricki! I read it last year for an ALAN panel and haven’t gotten it out of my head.

    INKY’S GREAT ESCAPE is such a cute book. My students love it.

  3. Ricki, I loved American Street. I enjoyed the religious aspect since that isn’t explored very often in YA or at least I don’t notice it much. I’ve heard good things about The 57 Bus, but I haven’t read it yet.

    Kellee, I count audiobooks as reading. 🙂


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