It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/30/18


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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

Tuesday: Grading is Complicated: Ruminations of an English Teacher Educator

Wednesday: Blog Tour with Review: The Reckless Rescue (The Explorers #2) by Adrienne Kress

Thursday: It’s a Puppy’s Life from National Geographic

Friday: Teaching Guide with Discussion Questions and Activities for Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “What Kinds of Storybook Characters Teach the Best Lessons” by Patty Costello, Author of Catalina and the King’s Wall

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 Last Week’s Journeys


Hello, everyone! Sunday, April 29th is my husband’s birthday, so even though I originally planned on getting this post written, we just got home, and it is bedtime! I will catch everyone up next week 🙂


Apparently, it’s not a good week for us. I was falling asleep in bed and realized I didn’t write this post! Ha!

My son and I read the Sticky Facts books. There are facts below each picture, and they are delightful to read. I’ll be reviewing these later in the week.

I REREAD The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for the fifth time. My students are broken into three groups tomorrow. Twelve students are in each group, and they are discussing this book, Dear Martin, and All American Boys. I am excited to talk within the groups and across the groups.

Llama Llama Loves to Read is a great addition to the Anna Dewdney series. Published posthumously, this book features Reed Duncan as the second author. Duncan is her longtime partner, and he seeks to honor the work she left behind in various stages. I think that Dewdney would be proud of the way this one turned out. It is beautifully done.

My son and I are loving the We Both Read series. My Day by Sindy McKay is one of several books in this series that we’ve read together. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, the left page is the parent page (with more words) and the right page is the child page (with simpler words). In this book, there is just one word on the child page. In the more advanced book that we read earlier in the week, the parent page bolds new words, and the child page includes that word (among others). I try to avoid early readers, but my son really likes this one, so we have been taking them out of the library quite often.


This Week’s Expeditions

I am loving Alone Together by Sarah J. Donovan. She is well-known and well-loved in the blogger world, and this book shows her deep knowledge of adolescence.


Upcoming Week’s Posts

Tuesday: Teaching Tuesday: Random Thoughts From a Teacher Circulating During Testing

Wednesday: Blog Tour with Review!: Don’t Ask a Dinosaur by Deborah Bruss & Matt Forrest Esenwine

Thursday: Sticky Facts series from Workman Press

Friday: 10 Year Anniversary Celebration of The Underneath by Kathi Appelt with an Interview with the Author, Book Trailer, and Giveaway!

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Defeat Your Fear of Writing” by Jan Eldredge, Author of Evangeline of the Bayou


 So, what are you reading?

Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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13 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/30/18”

  1. Rickie I sure wish I could be part of those class discussions. They are all just stunning books. I read the graphic novel, I Am Alfonso Jones this week. It would be a perfect companion for this group of novels.

  2. Yay for birthdays and family time Kellee.

    Ricki those We Both Read books sound like a great idea. Thanks! The book groups sound interesting. Have you read Zetta’s recent post about Dear Martin & All American Boys & the issue of female representation? That might be interesting to discuss.

  3. Hope hubby had a wonderful birthday, Kellee!
    Ricki~ I’ve read The Hate U Give and Dear Martin, but not All American Boys. I need to make sure I have that one on my list. I would love to be a fly on the wall during your class discussion time! I really hope you enjoy Alone Together.
    Have a wonderful week!

  4. Kellee – Hey, it happens! Our round of clustered birthdays (and Mother’s Day) is coming up next week.

    Boy, Ricki, that class sounds like it will be an amazing discussion! You new job sounds SO fascinating.

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


    Book By Book

  5. Happy Birthday, Jim!!
    Evangeline of the Bayou has been on my list for awhile so I’ll have to come back and check that post out!

    • Oh, that’s me! Yep. I have taught it five times. 🙂 It’s great to reread books, and I enjoy it, but I wish I was able to read more new books. I move my classes at such a fast pace that I get locked in to rereading the books to prepare for discussions.

  6. Have a good reading week, Ricki & Kellee. Family celebrations are the priority! I’ve read all three of your book group books, Ricki, still need to read some others by those writers, too. Though for younger readers, Ghost Boy was also an intense story with similar themes.


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