It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/17/18


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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: Teaching Tuesday: Using Dialogue Journals with High Schoolers

Wednesday: What If Everybody Said That? by Ellen Javernick

Thursday: King Ben and Sir Rhino by Eric Sallier

Friday: Alice’s Magic Garden by Henry Herz

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I am loving the little bookworm Trent is right now! We’ve been reading a a couple of chapters of a chapter books and one or two picture books each night! And he wishes we could do more! I adore this! And I am so amazed at his memory for story, too. We can now have conversations about the books we’re reading, make predictions while reading, and even do a little bit of literary analysis! I won’t share everything we read each week, but I’ll share any new books that we read.

  • We need to get the next book in this series by Alexa Pearl! I love Sasha’s story as she learns how she fits into the world.
  • Life on Mars by Jon Agee is such a great sci-fi picture book, and we had some great conversation about the martian.
  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner was very foreign for my Floridian son, so he had a lot of questions and loved it!
  • Ella and Owen: The Dave of AAAAH! DOOM! by Jaden Kent was a fun adventure about two silly dragon siblings who work together to survive!

I read:

  • Cosmic Conundrum by Cara Bartek, Ph.D. is the first in a series about Serafina Sterling, a super brilliant 6th grader that mixes sciences and middle school!
  • Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez was a book that I immediately went to school to talk to my students about because I knew MANY of them would connect with her. Stella doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere because her family is fluent in Spanish and lived in Mexico while her peers are fluent in English and much louder than her. She is a sweet girl that struggles in both English and Spanish–will she be able to find her voice?


I am excited to share that I have a book under contract with a publisher that I’ve long admired! I can’t wait to share more, but I spent most of my week working on details for the book! 🙂

I REREAD Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz for the twelve time (maybe more). I am teaching it tomorrow, and it is one of my favorite books to teach. It offers so much to discuss, and my students always love it.

Henry and I also dipped into some older books that were given to us by a neighbor. They were about forty years old. I am not going to post the titles here, but it has been really interesting to see how books have changed in the last forty years. The implicit bias was a bit disturbing, but it offered some great moments for critical discussions about gender roles and the representations of people of color. I got so irritated with one that it is currently in my recycling bin. I’ll probably take it out in the morning. That wasn’t the best idea, I know.




  • I am loving A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot by Christopher Healy! Just go read the summary of it; you’re going to want to read it, too!
  • I am about half way through The Young Elites audiobook, and it is returning in 3 days–I have a feeling I’ll be finishing it the traditional way. The Young Elites reminds me of the Embassy Row series mixed with Graceling series.
  • With Trent, we’re reading the second book in the Ella and Owen series. He loves these two dragons!


I am still reading and loving Sadie. I am sorry that I have been lost in some academic work lately that I’ve fallen behind on the good stuff. But this book is amazing!


Tuesday: Teaching Tuesday: Complexity in Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wednesday: Eavesdropping on Elephants by Patricia Newman

Thursday: Carlos Santana by Gary Golio

Friday: Review and Giveaway!: Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher

Sunday: 15 Banned Books and Their Reasons for Censorship by Emma from Invaluable


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17 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/17/18”

  1. Over and Under the Snow is a great book to understand about habitats and animal survival in a way that gets kids’ imaginations going – who knew so much is going on underneath the surface?! Glad that your son enjoys learning about snow with books like this! The snowy days that will be coming before too long makes me wish I lived in Florida!

  2. Congratulations, Ricki!! That’s amazing news! I can;t wait to hear more about it 🙂

    Kellee, that is such a great stage when your kids get old enough to REALLY start to get into books! I couldn’t wait to share my own childhood favorites with my sons – yours is almost ready for The Mouse and the Motorcycle!

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


    Book By Book

  3. I love reading about your children’s reading growth. I’m enthralled by my grandchildren’s reading journey and love to see where it is headed.
    Congratulations Ricki! That is very exciting news indeed!
    Kellee, you are right. I read the good reads summary of A Dastardly Plot and now want to read it!

  4. I have one of the Ella and Owen books in my classroom library, but never read it. It definitely looks like a fun book. Congrats, Ricki, on the book contract.

  5. I’ll be coming back for your review of Pale Bear!
    I’m also interested in hearing more about the Christopher Healey book. I’ve got it in my pile!

  6. Ricki ~ 12 times for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe?? WOW! I suppose this absolutely means I need to read it for the first time. And CONGRATULATIONS on having a book under contract. WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW! I’m thrilled for you!! <3

    Kellee ~ Okay, I’m heading over to read the summary of A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot. It’s fun finding new books to look forward to!

    Have a great reading week, you two. And thank you so much for hosting IMWAYR — I love growing my TBR list every single Monday!

  7. Over and Under the Snow is so amazing. I live with snow and I learned new things. Stella is also wonderful.

    I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Sadie recently. I’ll have to watch for it at the library.


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