It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/29/18


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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.


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for winning the Eduardo Guardardo giveaway!


Tuesday: Video about Lexiles with Leigh Hall, Professor at University of Wyoming

Wednesday: Earthrise: Apollo 8 and the Photo that Changed the World by James Gladstone

Thursday: Sun! One in a Billion by Stacey McAnulty

Friday: Death and Douglas by J.W. Ockler

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “And They Lived Happily Ever After” by Alane Adams, Author of The Blue Witch and The Circus Thief

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  • Someday by David Levithan was a fascinating finale to the Every Day series. It still has me thinking, and it was also so suspenseful that I had trouble putting it down!
  • Please, please, please listen to the audiobook for Born a Crime by Trevor Noah if you haven’t read the book yet. Everything about this book is just wonderful and hearing it in Trevor’s voice makes it even better.
  • We finished Winnie The Pooh! We loved it, but I was surprised to find that Tigger isn’t in the first book at all! Now we have to get House at Pooh’s Corner.


We are on a space book kick. First, we had read the two books that were reviewed last week, but then we got to Earth! also by Stacy McAnulty, The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk, and A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade. They are all worth having in your picture book collection, especially if you have a space fan!


This is my first space book by Stacy McAnulty, and I will be getting the Earth! book, for sure. Sun!: One in a Billion is the best kids’ space book that I have read. It was so much fun to read with my son!

I REREAD Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King. My students are reading this book (and two others) for our “Considerations of Class” week. I am looking forward to hearing what they think!

Kids Cooking by George Ancona is an interestingly formatted book. It follows four different (real) classrooms of kids cooking. Each classroom is cooking a different international dish. It made my son want to sign up for a cooking class.

The ABCs of What I Can Be by Caitlin McDonagh features 3-4 occupations for each letter of the alphabet. It is a great alphabet book, and my son had fun point out all of his future occupations. 😉




  • I am reading Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai right now–whoa! I have trouble putting into words the terror I feel for those who live this reality.
  • After I finish, I’ll be starting Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard.
  • I am starting the Land of Stories series on audio; I hope I like it as much as my students do!


I’ll be rereading Refugee by Alan Gratz. It is one of a few books that students can select for our immigration/refugees week. Beyond this, I have a stack of new picture books that I am excited about!


Tuesday: A SURPRISE Cover Reveal

Wednesday: Bone Soup: A Spooky Tasty Tale by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Thursday: Smithsonian’s Exploration Station: Solar System

Friday: Kellee’s Students’ In-Class Book Club Book Choices

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Tonja Drecker, Author of Music Boxes


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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6 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/29/18”

  1. Happy Halloween this week! I’m glad to see what you’re reading and look forward to finding Sun. I loved Earth! I still haven’t read Escape From Aleppo but loved Refugee, am glad to see so many books out about the experience of those in crisis everywhere. I also loved Nowhere Boy. Happy reading!

  2. Yup, Tigger was a late-comer to the Pooh world!

    OK, Kellee, you pushed me over the edge – I was considering reading Trevor Noah’s book for a read-along in November – I am creating an account on Overdrive now so I can borrow the audio from my library! Thanks for the encouragement.

    Ricki, Refugee is SO good – I hope your students find it as powerful & moving as I did – we need books like that more than ever now.

    Enjoy your books this week – and thanks for hosting!


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  3. Kellee, I just looked up Born a Crime and found out we have it on CD, but not on MP3. Ugh. I love downloading to my phone, but I’d have to hunt down a CD player. lol Maybe I can request it be ordered online later this week Thanks for the recommendation!

    Ricki, I SO loved Refugee by Alan Gratz — definitely worth a re-read. I just finished his Grenade this week and was wow’ed all over again. My goodness, that guy can write great historical fiction!

  4. I just ordered Sun One in a Billion. Love adding nonfiction books to my classroom library.

    Escape from Aleppo still is a book that I think about how after I have read. Nadia’s story is so powerful.

  5. I just put a hold on the audio of Born a Crime. Thanks for letting us know about it Keller. Escape from Aleppo is on my list but I already have so many books on the go that it might have to wait and go on my MustRead list for next year.
    I loved Me and Marvin Gardens Ricki and hope your students appreciate it as much as I did. I wish I could be part of your discussion. I really wanted to talk to someone about it after I finished it.


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