It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 1/28/19


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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 our Beep and Bob giveaway!!!!



Tuesday: Call for Middle and High School Teachers of Young Adult Literature

Friday: Searching for Lottie by Susan L. Ross

Sunday: Guest Post: The Most Banned and Challenged Books of the Past Five Years

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  • With Trent: Dog Man by Dav Pilkey. And he is obsessed! He wants to read chapter after chapter and gets so excited when he sees Dog Man out in the world.
  • War Cross by Marie Lu is ridiculously good! Wow! I can’t wait to read Wild Card–hopefully the library will have the ebook for me soon!
  • I also finished Lost in the Antarctic and am reviewing it this week!


I finished my first book on my #mustreadin2019 list! I read 3/4 of A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi last year and then had to stop to finish a few other books for school. I started from the beginning and listened to it this time. It’s absolutely beautiful. This book will stick with me for a long time. My students love it, too. I will read anything by Atia Abawi.

My son and I loved Waiting for Pumpsie by Barry Wittenstein—even if he was a Red Sox player. It was wonderful learning about this historic man. The book is quite interesting and engaging.

Whew. The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander is very powerful. I read it to my 2- and 5-year-old, and I am fairly certain most of it went over their heads (even with some explanation), but I am going to keep it for them for when they are a tiny bit older. This is a great book to add to the #blacklivesmatter list…and every list. I’ll be buying this one in hard copy.

¡Vamos!: Let’s Go to the Market by Raúl the Third is a fantastic new bilingual book that will be coming out with the first batch from Versify press. Each page contains a wealth of information and pictures. My two kids were captivated when we read it. Look out for this one. It will be getting a lot of press.

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart shows a plethora of different families. It details the meaning of each color in the rainbow. I love books that feature different types of families as the norm. Imagine if we lived in a world where picture books were more like this one? I have high hopes that future books will model this one.

Hooray for Josh Funk and his new masterpiece, It’s Not Hansel and Gretel! We read the first page, and my son immediately said, “YAY! It’s like the Jack and the Beanstalk book!” This fairy tale retelling doesn’t disappoint. It was quite fun to read aloud, and it offers real flexibility for classroom use. It’s a great pick for teachers!

Duck and Hippo: The Secret Valentine by Jonathan London is the latest book in the adorable Duck and Hippo series. These two have found a place in my heart alongside other favorites like Frog and Toad. The characters each receive a valentine with the same message to meet in the park. But who could have sent it?



  • With Trent: Dog Man: Unleashed by Dav Pilkey
  • With my eyes: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • With my ears: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer


I am savoring the end of Blood Water Paint (a reread).

I am reading two teacher action research books for my class. I can’t decide if I want to start an adult book All the Light We Cannot See, which I’ve heard is great, or stick with my love, YAL. There are so many great books on my nightstand that it will likely be a whim.


Wednesday: Lost in the Antarctic: The Doomed Voyage of the Endurance by Tod Olson

Thursday: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Friday: Waiting for Pumpsie by Barry Wittenstein


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14 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 1/28/19”

  1. Fun to see some new books mentioned like by Josh Funk & Marie Lu & will certainly find Undefeated when it comes out. All The Light We Cannot See is a marvelous book, Ricki. Hope you will read it someday! Happy ALA awards day to you both!

  2. Kellee~ Oh I’m SO glad to hear you enjoyed War Cross. And I honestly think Wild Card is even better — more in-depth and more ethical questions.

    Ricki~ A Land of Permanent Goodbyes hit me hard. I don’t think many kids can understand what other children are experiencing, but this one really drives it home. And I have All the Light We Cannot See on my #MustReadin2019 list, so I look forward to that at some point, too.

  3. I had heard mixed reviews of Warcross, Kellee, so I’m really glad to hear you loved it! I need to get to it. My son really liked an earlier novel by the author.

    Ricki, I have added A Land of Permanent Goodbyes to my never-ending TBR list. I keep hearing about it, so thanks for the reminder!

    And I would definitely read All the Light You Cannot See. It is not only an outstanding novel, but it could also be considered a cross-over for YA because its two main characters are a French girl and a German boy whose lives cross during WWII – so teen characters. So good!

    Hope you both enjoy your books this week – thanks for hosting the link-up!


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  4. I gave Dog Man to a grand nephew of mine when it first came out. He has developmental issues, but was tickled pink, took it to school and showed it off, and worked hard to read it. Any book that can inspire readers is fine with me!
    A Land of Permanent Goodbyes is now added to my list. I loved All the Light We Cannot See so hope you go for it. I’m certain you will have no regrets.

  5. I am really looking forward to the Versify imprint. The titles I’ve seen so far look fantastic.
    Ricki, I’ve had Blood Water Paint in my pile for so long. At some point I will get to it – I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things!

  6. I rarely have Dog Man on the shelf so I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve been thinking I need to remedy that. Kellee, you’ve inspired me to go ahead and put it on hold at the public library. 😉

    I am super excited to get my hands on Undefeated. I love Nelson’s artwork and it looks like a wonderful text too.


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