It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/16/18


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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.


Tuesday: Student Voices: Advice for Picking Books by Four of Kellee’s 2017-18 Middle School Students

Wednesday: Masterpiece Robot and the Ferocious Valerie Knick-Knack by Frank Tra

Thursday: You Choose: A New Story Every Time – What Will YOU CHOOSE? by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart

Friday: I Say OOH You Say AAH by John Kane

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Yesterday was a travel day for me, so I just didn’t get a chance to do today’s post. I’ll catch up with you all next week 🙂


Hi, all! I just returned from a vacation with family (extended and immediate) in Steamboat Springs. It was wonderful! I had great intentions of reading bloggers’ IMWAYR posts last Monday, but I was trapped in a room with a toddler who didn’t like his pack ‘n’ play. I apologize for being off the grid, but every time I tried to open my computer, he woke up.

We checked out the Steamboat Springs library. It’s a good one if anyone is ever in the area. We read a few dozen books, and I feature my favorites below!

*Drawn Together by Minh Le is absolutely stunning. This one will be a solid contender for the Caldecott this year. The story and illustrations are absolutely beautiful. This book is a must read.*

Say Zoop! by Hervé Tullet was just as entertaining as the other books that he’s created. I liked how this book focused on having readers say things aloud. Tullet is very clever!

Red Again by Barbara Lehman is a wordless picture book follows the journey of a boy who finds a book. I like how the book looped at the end of the text to show how stories continue on and on forever.

I love Mac Barnett, and I love Jon Klassen, so it wasn’t surprising that I loved Square. This duo creates magical stories.

My son picked up The Dog that Nino Didn’t Have by Edward van de Vendel. It’s a quiet book that feels very ethereal. I was enthralled with the lyrical language, and I enjoyed it. The book is odd, and it is quite philosophical. I suspect folks either love or hate this one, which always offers space for great conversations!

I have seen others rave about Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin, but I got my hands on it at the library. This is a beautifully illustrated, wondrous picture book. It reminds me of Journey by Aaron Becker. Readers will be whisked away by the magic of this one. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I recommend this book!

My youngest son loves diggers and loves dogs, so he was thrilled to find Dalmation in a Digger by Rebecca Elliot. The sound effects make this a fun read-aloud, particularly for toddlers and preschoolers.



I have three hours left (out of sixteen hours) in this audiobook. Can you tell that I am savoring it? It’s everything I hoped it to be and more. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone.

I’ve recruited my whole family to read There There by Tommy Orange. We are Native, so we enjoy reading about other Native experiences. This one is climbing in popularity, and I am loving it thus far. Even my less-than-thrilled-to-read-books relatives are raving about it.



Tuesday: Student Voices: Top Ten Author Lists by Two of Kellee’s 2017-18 Middle School Students

Wednesday: Joining Book By Book’s Big Book Summer Challenge

Thursday: Hedgehog Needs a Hug by Jen Betton

Friday: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth


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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16 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/16/18”

  1. I had a copy of There There from the library, but never got to read it. Now that it is getting so popular, it will probably take forever for me to get it a second time!

  2. I had every intention of posting and checking in last week too, but vacation makes it tougher than I anticipated to stay on schedule! Glad you had fun in Steamboat Springs! We were in San Diego, where I’d never been before. So much to see and do! Thanks for reminding me about There There–I read an article about Tommy Orange and Teresa Marie Mailhot and meant to request his book (already read hers). Sounds like you got through a great picture book pile! Little Fox was one of my favorites last year.

  3. Ricki, so glad you’re enjoying Children of Blood and Bone! I’m adding There There to my list and hoping I can find it locally. Thanks so much for the suggestion. Hope you both have an excellent week!

  4. I absolutely adore Drawn Together. I’m eager to read Children of Blood and Bone. I just gifted it to a niece on the basis of the positive reviews many of my friends have given it. I am also wanting to read the Tommy Orange book. I’ve only heard amazing things about it.

    • I started gifting Children of Blood and Bone before I read it. There are some folks you just trust implicitly, and they told me it was incredible. 🙂
      I am glad to hear that you loved Drawn Together, too. It is such a powerful book!

  5. I have been reading nothing but praise for Drawn Together. I getting increasingly impatient for it to arrive at my library. I adored Little Fox in the Forest and think everyone should read it! Yours is the second post I’ve read today about There There. It is now on my never ending list.

  6. I absolutely loved The Dog that Nino Didn’t Have – yo are right, it is strange, surreal, and opens up a great deal of conversation – it is definitely multi-layered and complex. Sadly, we don’t have Drawn Together in our library yet. Huhuhu. Have a great reading week, you two!

  7. Ricki – I bought There There! I hope to get to it before the school year starts… but there’s a stack already, ha!

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