It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/15/18


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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: Native November is Coming…

Wednesday: Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Thursday: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: Garbage Island by Fred Koehler
Giveaway open until Thursday!!!!

Sunday: “Behold the Power of Books!” by Cassidy Dwelis, Author of Braidy von Althuis series

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  • Upside-Down Magic: Weather or Not really highlighted Willa, one of the secondary characters in Nory’s Upside-Down Magic class, and it was nice to get to know another character better. I will say that it shone a different light on Nory, but it is always good to see that your protagonist has flaws. I love every book in this series, and although this one is different, it is no exception.
  • The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson looks at rural America from the eyes of an outsider who desperately wants to fit in. I really loved the different layers within this story–it looked at everything from starting a business to vlogging to feeling responsible for a death to accepting others who may be different to the decline of a town after a business closes and so much more. It was a fantastic read.


Young Adult Books

I enjoyed Americanized: Rebel without a Green Card by Sara Saedi. This is my second time reading the book, and I am excited to talk about it with my students tomorrow. We are examining three works of nonfiction for adolescents. This one is a powerful memoir.

Emily X. R. Pan is blowing up. Everyone is raving about her. After reading The Astonishing Color of After, it is no surprise. The book is stunning. My students had so much to talk about after we read this book. It’s a bit on the longer side (460ish pages), and it isn’t a fast-paced read, but every student demanded that I use it in my course next time.

Picture Books

There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake by Loren Long is an adorably cute book that is fun to read aloud. It is very similar to the There Was an Old Lady rhyme/book series.

Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña is just as beautiful as everyone is saying it is. I found it to be very inspiring, and my son enjoys reading it.

Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera. Whew. This book is magical. Herrera is one of the best writers today, in my humble opinion. His talent blows me away.

The Neighbors by Einat Tsarfati is my son’s new favorite book. he wants to read it every day, and he tells everyone about it.

A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes is a fun counting book. I love how Henkes’ illustrations always pop.

There’s a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor by Wade Bradford is a very cute book. It’s quite silly, and it feels suspenseful!

We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell. I ended with this book. I am so happy it exists in the world. You’ve likely heard about this book, but if you haven’t, I recommend it highly. I will be reviewing it this Thursday!



With Trent: Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Listening: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Reading: Death and Douglas by J.W. Ockler

Up Next: Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai or Someday by David Levithan or Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard


I’ll be rereading Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley next week for my class. I am hopeful I’ll fit in a couple of other YA books, too.


Tuesday: Teaching Tuesday: Close Reading Lesson with Tacky the Penguin, an Aesop Fable, a TED Talk, and Sit-Ins Image

Wednesday: Blog Tour with Review, Book Trailer, and Giveaway!: Eduardo Guadardo, Elite Sheep by Anthony Pearson

Thursday: We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Friday: Disney Villains: The Evilest of Them All by Rachel Upton

Sunday: Author Guest Post! by Pepper Springfield, Author of the Bobs and Tweets series


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8 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/15/18”

  1. Kellee~ I can’t believe I haven’t yet gotten my hands on The Dollar Kids. And both Escape from Aleppo and Just Like Jackie look AMAZING. I’m not familiar with Levithan’s Every Day series, so I’ll be checking into that for sure!

    Ricki~ I just almost picked up The Astonishing Color of After at the library, last week. But as you mentioned, it’s a bit on the long side. During this time of year, when things seem so hectic with teaching and fall activities, I struggle to start longer books (but Sue’s summer “big book” challenge was perfect timing for me). I’m adding We are Grateful to my reading list and I’m also looking forward to Herrera’s Imagine.

  2. Ricki, all 3 of the YA books you are using in your class sound amazing! They are all new to me.

    Kellee, I am glad to hear you are still reading Winnie the Pooh with Trent 🙂 Near and dear to my heart! I would like to read Born a Crime, too – my son introduced me to Trevor Noah (and to John Oliver!).

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


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  3. Oooooohhhhhh, villains!!! Can’t wait to hear about that book!
    I need to read The Dollar Kids too. It’s in the towering pile.

  4. I stil need to read The Dollar Kids! Thanks for the gentle reminder and push! I just loved Eduardo Guardardo. Kids enjoyed the characters, plot, illustrations, humor & message!

  5. I have just put a hold on Weather or Not as an audiobook. I adore this series and am looking forward to seeing it through Willa’s perspective. The Astonishing Color of After was on my radar, but after reading your comments here, I now must get a copy of it!

  6. I really enjoyed the Trevor Noah book. Does he read it on the audio?

    The Astonishing Color of After was a book I really connected with and I’m not surprised your students approve.

  7. I just read We are Grateful and loved it. I’ve had the privilege of moderating a session of Frane Lessac here just a few weeks ago for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content – she was simply amazing. Her exuberance and zest for life really shone through.


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