It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 11/5/18


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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: Exclusive Cover Reveal and Giveaway!: Two Truths and a Lie: Forces of Nature by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson
**Giveaway open until Wednesday!**

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! “Introducing the World’s Rainbow of Cultures to Kids” by Tonja Drecker, Author of Music Boxes

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**



Brilliant. Just like everyone told me it was.


I started the week reading Smithsonian’s Solar System book and activity kit. These kids are quite fun. My son loves them, and they make learning exciting.

I REREAD Refugee by Alan Gratz. My students are reading Land of Permanent GoodbyesAmerican Street, and Refugee for a week where we talk about immigration and refugees. We had a long talk today about the value of #ownvoices, and I am curious what they think after reading these three books. Authorship is important to them, but we did talk about the power of research. It is a great discussion, and I think these three books are incredibly well-written, so that makes the discussion even more interesting.

I also read three PD books about action research in the classroom. I am deciding which of the three to use as one of my course texts for my Investigating Classroom Literacies course next semester. Each has great strengths, so I will keep you posted. You can expect a Teaching Tuesday ponderings review on this one. 🙂




With my ears: The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

With my mind: Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard

With my voice: The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne


I am looking forward to reading Pride by Ibi Zoboi this week in preparation for my NCTE session. WOOT!



Tuesday: Countdown to NCTE/ALAN: Nine Presentations We Are in at #NCTE18

Wednesday: Countdown to NCTE/ALAN: Eight Books that Have Made Our Sons Want to Learn to Read

Thursday: Countdown to NCTE/ALAN: Seven Authors Kellee is Excited to See at ALAN Who She’s Never Met Before

Friday: Countdown to NCTE/ALAN: Six authors Ricki’s Excited to See at ALAN Who She’s Never Seen or Met Before


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20 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 11/5/18”

  1. It really is time for everyone to read and learn about refugees, and their need for safety. I just read The Unwanted by Don Brown, the graphic story of Syrian refugees, still need to read Escape from Aleppo. Thanks, Ricki & Kellee!

  2. So glad you are still enjoying the Pooh books, Kellee – you know, I might need to revisit those – still sick this week & in need of some comfort reading 🙂

    Ricki – I LOVED both American Street and Refugee – wish I could have been in your classroom discussion! I just read an amazingly powerful graphic “novel” nonfiction book about Syrian refugees – Escaping Wars & Waves – not YA but blew me away.

    Oooh…and a new Ibi Zoboi! Must read that one!


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  3. Kellee, I’m so glad you enjoyed Escape from Aleppo!! I’m looking forward to reading Just Like Jackie, too. Can’t wait!

    Ricki, I read Land of Permanent Goodbyes back to back with Refugee a few months ago and those characters are still so vivid in my mind. I should just add Grenade to that list because I keep seeing scenes from that book, as well. I was glad to see Karen Yingling post a review of a YA historical fiction novel about Vietnam. I haven’t yet read one about Vietnam, so I hope to find a copy of that one, too.

    Have fun at NCTE/ALAN!!

  4. Escape from Aleppo is on my list. I haven’t had time for it, but I keep reading so many positive reviews of it that I think I am going to have to try harder. Maybe it will just have to go on my mustread list for next year!


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