It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/7/18


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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: Teaching Tuesday: Random Thoughts (on Exercise, Technology, Change, Disney, and Science & Pop Culture) 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

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 Last Week’s Journeys


Thank you for all the Jim happy birthday wishes last week! 🙂 Here is my two week update:

  • The final book in the Nameless City series is a perfect conclusion to the story. If you haven’t read this graphic novel series yet, it is one of my favorites; you should definitely pick it up!
  • Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart is such an interesting look at the after life, and be on the look out for a tie-over from The Honest Truth.
  • I was so happy to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Underneath last week!
  • I look forward to reviewing Tsu and the Outliers for you this week!
  • I’m working on a special project with Water in May by Ismée Williams that I will share with you when I am finished. Until then, I just want to say how happy I am to see diversity in Latinx and Hispanic representation in a book! My students are primarily from South American, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, and many talk to me about not seeing themselves in books, so I am so happy to have met Mari, a Dominican-American teen.

On the advice of Michele Knott, I decided not to listen to First Rule of Punk since it has visuals that are essential to the story, instead I got:

  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles is as beautiful as its cover. I loved Marvin, our narrator, and his story. If I can ever figure out how to put into words why this is one of my favorite YA novels I’ve read recently, I’ll write a review.
  • Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson was EPIC! Wow. My students have read this book for years and told me it was one of the best nonfiction books they’ve ever read, and I’m so glad I finally got to it. Booth’s assassination plot was so crazy, and th manhunt after Lincoln’s assassination was even crazier!


With Trent:

  • Dragons v. Dinos by Ann Bryant and Ben Redlich is an early chapter book that Trent and I read/listened to while driving to school over two days. I love the “read-to-me” options on Hoopla because it allows Trent to have the audiobook and the book. This story led Trent and I to have a great conversation about judging and acceptance which is a win-win to me!
  • I loved being part of the Don’t Ask a Dinosaur blog tour, and I shared Trent’s opinion in my review.
  • Continuing our dragon audiobook streak, Trent picked out Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki. While I didn’t like the narrator very much, that didn’t seem to bother Trent at all. We have listened to this over 3 mornings now.
  • This weekend I received a surprise F&G copy of Lost in the Library by Josh Funk in the mail (SQUEE!!!!). Now, I promise to do a formal review on this one after I get a finished copy, I just want to say I love reading Josh’s words out loud and Stevie Lewis’s illustrations are perfection.

This week, I made progress on most of my books, but I didn’t finish many. I read The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang and loved it. Kellee recommended it to me. It’s fantastic.

Next week is finals week for us, so I am sorry I don’t have much to report. I read many students’ unit plans this week, though, and there are some incredible teachers entering the profession. 🙂


This Week’s Expeditions


  • Now I’m on a James Swanson kick, and I am going to listen to Chasing King’s Killer next. I am digging learning about history!
  • We’ve started in -class book clubs (an alternate version of lit circles) in class, and I have a group of students who chose Somewhere in the Darkness, which I haven’t read. I plan on keeping up with them to allow me to take part in their meetings.
  • Our next Skype visit on the 18th is with Mitali Perkins, and I definitely need to read more of her work. I am going to start Funny Girl and hopefully You Bring the Distance Near this week (I’m also going to reread Perkins’s story from Open Mic which has the same characters as Distance when I’m finished).

I hope to finish When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. It is simply fantastic, and I am kicking myself for not reading it when it first came out.


Upcoming Week’s Posts

Tuesday: Teacher Appreciation Week!: Teachers Who Inspired Us #ThankATeacher

Wednesday: Tsu and the Outliers by E Eero Johnson

Thursday: Who’s Hiding by Satoru Onishi

Friday:  Summer Brain Quest and Star Wars Workbooks

Sunday: Happy Mother’s Day to all who identify as a mom 🙂


 So, what are you reading?

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17 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/7/18”

  1. Okay Kellee. If Tyler Johnson Was Here is one of your favorite recent YA novels, sign me up! I’ve been eyeing it and think it’s time to add it to my list. And I’m soooo envious of your surprise Josh Funk mail! Looking forward to reading it.

    Ricki, I haven not yet read The Prince and the Dressmaker so I’ll have to get to this one soon!!

  2. Kellee, I’d love to hear more about your book clubs… maybe a future Tuesday post??
    Ricki, happy finals week! I’m ready for the close of the year. Lots of summer plans – cleaning out closets! Taking advantage of being home for the first time in 3 years!

  3. Good Dog has been on my radar for a while. It sounds unique. When the Moon Was Ours is a new title to me. Funny Girl is one I have to get my hands on again. I only read some of it last time I checked it out from the library.

  4. So many great books coming to add, like Tyler Johnson Was Here and Josh Funk’s new one. I haven’t heard of When The Moon Was Ours, so will add it, too. Thanks. Hope you have a great week!

  5. I got LOST IN THE LIBRARY last week and I’m super excited to read it! Josh Funk is not just one of my favorite authors, but one of my favorite people. He is so generous to teachers, librarians, and other authors.

  6. Kellee, I just put a hold on the audiobook of Good Dog. I hope I don’t wander the streets listening and bawling my eyes out.
    Ricki, I am hoping to get to You Bring the Distance Near, but there are just so many books on my list!

  7. Good Dog is a planned summer read. Feel like I will need a day to immerse myself in the story with a box of tissues handy! I am reading The Sundernesth for a future blog post. Excited to be part of the 10th


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