It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/3/18


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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.



Wednesday: Ricki & Kellee’s NCTE & ALAN 2018 Reflection

Friday: Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Exploring the Potential of Artificial Intelligence” by Angie Smibert, Author of Artificial Intelligence: Thinking Machines and Smart Robots

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Jennifer Nielsen is at my school tomorrow!!!!!! I may not have read as many of her books as I’d like to have (gosh darn it!), but I am so impressed with the ones I have finished and the ones I am in the middle of. And it is amazing how she much every student and myself have enjoyed both her fantasy and her historical fiction. She is a genius!

We read the first two books in this new series by Drew Daywalt, and we’re skeptical fans right now. Trent and I really liked the first one (think Schrodinger’s Cat) while we didn’t like the second one as much.


Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate!

I read and loved Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles. My students are discussing it alongside The Hate U Give and All American Boys tomorrow. I am really looking forward to their thoughts.

I loved All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky. The book reads like a historical fiction, but it still felt very relevant to me. I will be gifting this one to family.



  • Listening though I may switch to reading to get more read before Tuesday: Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen
  • Reading and I hope to finish before Tuesday: Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen
  • Reading with Trent and Jim: The House at Pooh Corner
  • Books I need to finish ASAP because they are book club books for my kids and I haven’t read them: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and Sasquatch by Roland Smith


I am looking forward to reading Chilly Da Vinci by J. Rutland. We review it on Thursday, and it just arrived!

I haven’t picked my next YA book, but I kind of like that free feeling. 🙂 I look forward to seeing what folks are reading on their blog pages!


Wednesday: Smithsonian’s Exploration Station World Atlas

Friday: Chilly Da Vinci by J. Rutland

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Heads Up for Projectile Science!” by Matthew Brenden Wood, Author of Projectile Science: The Physics Behind Kicking a Field Goal and Launching a Rocket with Science Activities for Kids


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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7 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/3/18”

  1. I hope you enjoy Jennifer Nielsen’s visit, Kellee. I’ve loved her books. And Ricki, I shared All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah today. It is wonderful, I agree. Wishing you both a great week!

  2. I loved A Night Divided – lucky you getting to meet Jennifer Nielsen in person!!

    And Fablehaven is one of my son’s all-time favorite books ever – even now that he’s 24.

    Ricki, I remember the All of a Kind Family books from when I was a kid! Wow, a blast from the past!

    Enjoy your books this week and thanks for hosting!


    Book By Book

  3. Kellee~ Oh how exciting to meet Jennifer Nielsen!! WOW!! I’ve been looking forward to reading Resistance, this year. Hoping to get my hands on it before the new year.

    Ricki~ I had Tyler Johnson Was Here as an e-book and had to return it, early. But I am still interested in getting it again. I’ll be interested in seeing what you pick next for a YA novel!

    • I was surprised–I had several students who liked it more than The Hate U Give. It went over VERY well in class today, and I was grateful for that! It always makes for great conversation when everyone loves the book!


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