It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/17/18


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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: Where’s the Architect: From Pyramids to Skyscrapers (An Architect Look and Find Book) by Susanne Rebschet & Annabelle von Sperber

Friday: Blog Tour with Author Guest Post and Giveaway!: Children of Jubilee by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Giveaway open until Thursday!!!

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Big Questions, Big World, Big Data!” by Carla Mooney, Author of Big Data: Information in the Digital World

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  • I now know why this series is so popular with my students! It is like a Rick Riordan book on steroids! Wow!
  • One of Us is Lying kept me up at night trying to figure it out, and it still surprised me!
  • With Trent, I’ve not done a good job keeping track of what we’ve been reading though we did start a new chapter book I shared below.


The good news is that I read the final exams for 54 pre-service teachers, and there are some amazing teachers entering the work force! The bad news is that I didn’t read much YAL this week. My younger son is potty training, and we reread approximately 100 picture books this morning. I’m not lying. I’ve read through Olivia at least twelve times today. But I only have two new-to-me books to share:

Dragons: Father and Son by Alexandre Lacroix was published last year. It documents an angry father dragon who wants his son to go into the village and burn down a house. The son goes to the village and encounters nice people and doesn’t want to follow his father’s orders. It is a fun book that my kids enjoyed.

Many Moons by Remi Courgeon was also published last year. It teaches the different phases of the moons through different objects that look similar in shape. I loved the thick, almost board-bookish pages and use of black, white, and yellow only to teach the book. The illustrations are simple and eye-catching.



Listening with my ears: Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Just started: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Up Next: Internment by Samira Ahmed

With Trent: Beep and Bob: Too Much Space by Jonathan Roth


I am hoping to finish the 10 half-finished YA books on my nightstand now that I am not going to get caught up in rereading three YA books each week for my YAL class. It feels very freeing!


Wednesday: If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur by Amy Newbold

Friday: Ten Year Anniversary of the Sisters 8 series by Lauren Baratz-Logsted with Greg Logsted and Jackie Loggsted

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Shaping the World: Industrial Design” by Carla Mooney, Author of Industrial Design: Why Smartphones Aren’t Round and Other Mysteries


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9 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/17/18”

  1. I laughed out loud while reading about potty training. I’m very thankful to be a grandmother so this responsibility is not mine!
    Hope you both have a wonderful holiday season. You are both amazing!

  2. Kellee~ One of Us is Lying was a real page-turner for me — keeping me guessing right up until the very end. And I’m very excited about Resistance!

    Ricki~ I SOOO understand the re-reading 100 books thing. lol Enjoy your pile of YA books when you can squeeze in time!

  3. At least Olivia makes for a good read-aloud. I don’t know how I’d feel after 12 times, but it could be worse? I reread several Olivia books in the spring when one of the students in my Children’s Lit class fell in love with the books and kept bringing them in for me to read during our independent reading time. I’d forgotten how good they are!

    • I’ve actually only read the original Olivia! I am starting to wonder if we should hit up the library when he can last more than 20 minutes without peeing. I hope you had a great day!

  4. Ooh, Kellee, I wanted to read One of Us is Lying when it first came out but I had kind of forgotten about it – thanks for the reminder!

    Ricki, I had to laugh at your line re: potty training and reading over 100 picture books – lol! Hope now that school is finished, you have some reading time for yourself to finish all those books on your nightstand!

    Both of you enjoy your books this week & all the holiday prep (and yes, Ricki – ugh to all that wrapping!!!) – your kids are at great ages for all the excitement of the holidays!


    Book By Book


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