It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/24/18


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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: 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
Giveaway open until Thursday!!!!

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

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  • We finished the second Ella and Owen book. Trent loves the dynamics between the two dragons. Like the other three books we read this week, any book with two opposite characters who love each other but also have disagreements is quite entertaining.
  • We went and saw a local production of Frog and Toad All Year the play, so I figured I should probably read the book with Trent. We then went to the book store and got all of the Frog and Toad books.
  • I want Trent to love Elephant and Piggie as much as I do. He’s finally starting to ask to read their books; I am so excited!
  • Trent started t-ball a few weeks ago (hence the being unavailable on Mondays now), and My First Book of Baseball is a great book to read to reinforce what he is learning.
  • Reviewing this book on Wednesday–don’t miss out!


This week, I reread When the Moon Was Ours by Anna Marie McLemore to teach it on Monday. My TAs are teaching If I Was Your Girl and The 57 Bus. We are going to talk about Gender and Adolescence and use these three books as talking points. All three books are incredible. When the Moon Was Ours is so lyrical. The magical realism just takes my breath away. It was wonderful to reread. If you haven’t read this book, I recommend it highly.



  • Okay, I am finally getting all of the hype around this series. Where I am (about 75% through the book) is pretty crazy suspenseful, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I am not sure if it is because I was listening to the audio, that it took a bit just to get sucked into the setting and characters, or something else, but I was struggling with it; however, now I am all in, and I cannot wait to continue listening (and I will finish it this week!).
  • Jim bought Trent Winnie the Pooh to start reading together. I can’t resist reading a book Jim picked out, and I’ve never read the original stories, so I am looking forward to it.
  • As for reading myself, I don’t know! I just finished the Christopher Healy book (reviewing it on Wednesday), and I haven’t picked anything up yet. I have 5 novels to read for the blog to review before the end of October and  7 novels to read for NCTE in November, so I am not sure what I am going to pick up next.


I am still working on Sadie. It turns out that assigning my classes a lot of different reading and then designing the lessons cuts into my free reading time. 🙂



Tuesday: Speak Out! For Banned Books #BannedBooksWeek

Wednesday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot by Christopher Healy

Thursday: Gods and Heroes by Korwin Briggs

Friday: Orphaned by Eliot Schrefer

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Shedding a Light of Understanding on Kids Who Are Different” by Janet McLaughlin, Author of Different


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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12 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/24/18”

  1. Kellee, you take me back some years when we took my grandson (now a senior) to a production of Frog and Toad All Year. It is a wonderful memory. Those books are special. And Ricki, there are too many books! I just found Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen at the library & want to read the Marie Lu books, too. Some will have to wait! Happy Reading!

  2. Kellee~ I adore Elephant and Piggie. That’s one set I would LOVE to own at home. I’m anxious to hear more about A Dastardly Plot! It’s always exciting to get in on the ground level of these new series!

    Ricki~ I just requested When the Moon Was Ours from my local library. They’ll deliver it to my office mailbox, so YAY!!

  3. Oh, we LOVED Frog & Toad books when my sons were little! We read the books and also loved listening to the audios on road trips. They are now in their 20’s and we STILL quote from those books: “Birds, We have cookies!”

    Can’t believe you’ve never read Winnie the Pooh, Kellee! Long overdue 🙂 I loved the books when I was a kid, and we got a big compendium of all of AA Milne’s Pooh books to read aloud to our sons. I still love those stories – so gentle and comforting…and wise!

    I hadn’t heard of When the Moon Was Ours yet, but it sounds amazing – another to add to my TBR!

    Hope you both enjoy your books this week – thanks for hosting!


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  4. Thank you for reminding me to go back and check out the Pale Bear post. I entered 🙂
    Really looking forward to reading your Wednesday post. It’s in my pile…
    And I love the SIK first sports books. I just preordered… I think it’s the basketball one. I have the other three.

  5. I am a huge fan of Frog and Toad. I purchased puppets for the library and loved watching older students read and act out the tales to younger ones. But my favourite memory is of the young boy sitting by himself in the picture book are with the puppets and reading the books to them.
    I have just put a hold on When the Moon Was Ours. Now I have to find time to read it.


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