It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/11/19


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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.


Ricki’s book came out this week!!!!!

Engaging with Multicultural YA Literature in the Secondary Classroom: Critical Approaches for Critical Education

Edited by our very own Ricki Ginsberg and the amazing Wendy J. Glenn

Description: With a focus on fostering democratic, equitable education for young people, Ginsberg and Glenn’s engaging text showcases a wide variety of innovative, critical classroom approaches that extend beyond traditional literary theories commonly used in K-12 and higher education classrooms and provides opportunities to explore young adult (YA) texts in new and essential ways. The chapters pair YA texts with critical practices and perspectives for culturally affirming and sustaining teaching and include resources, suggested titles, and classroom strategies. Following a consistent structure, each chapter provides foundational background on a key critical approach, applies the approach to a focal YA text, and connects the approach to classroom strategies designed to encourage students to think deeply and critically about texts, themselves, and the world. Offering a wealth of innovative pedagogical tools, this comprehensive volume offers opportunities for students and their teachers to explore key and emerging topics, including culture, (dis)ability, ethnicity, gender, immigration, race, sexual orientation, and social class.

Congratulations, Ricki! And I cannot wait to read it!
Love, Kellee ♥


Donna M. 
for winning the It’s Not Hansel and Gretel giveaway!



Tuesday: Do you teach a YAL course or do you integrate YAL in your classroom? If so, Ricki needs your help!

Thursday: Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles

Friday: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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  • Wait until I share The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K.S. Ansari on Friday! Immediately engaging!
  • Today is our virtual visit with Todd Mitchell, and I am so happy that I was able to read The Secret to Lying before we met up with him. Both of his books that I read were so different yet both so good!
  • I have now officially read everything that Meg Medina has written. And it is all brilliant!
  • Tiger Days: A Book of Feelings by M.H. Clark is going to be one that will be used in my parenting. Ricki and I look forward to sharing it soon!

I was so happy to get to these award-winning picture books! They are beautiful and all have one other thing in common: They all made me super emotional!

Upcoming picture books alert!

  • I actually laughed out loud and tweet about it right away after opening the package with I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt in it! And that was before I even read it. Then I read it. A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Loved it! One of the best counting books I’ve ever read!
  • Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons is a family story. It is a heritage story. It is a home story. A perfect story of going home and reuniting with family, finding a way to tell the story of your family and home, and the love around all involved.
  • Alan Bean was an artist and an astronaut. He saw colors and textures with the eye of an artist, so after he visited the moon and saw that photographs didn’t show what he saw the way he saw it, he painted. The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon by Dean Robbins is his true story. I cannot wait to own a finished copy of this one!
  • I am a Tiger by Karl Newson is the picture book version of Fox the Tiger. Mouse knows he’s a tiger. And then a tiger shows up… 
  • Pig the Stinker is the 7th book in the Pig the Pug series, and Pig is still the same old figurative and literal stinker. 
  • Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey was another laugh out loud book. Brian likes fruit, but his friends just want to bite some bums. But Brian for real loves his fruit, why won’t his friends try some?!


Kellee, I adore you. You are so, so sweet! I am really excited that the book is out in the world. It was so much fun to work on it over the last year. 

I read Tiger Days: A Book of Feelings by M.H. Clark. My two-year-old LOVES this book, so I’ve read it several times this week. It is a fun book that teaches metaphor and emotions.

I also read Bird Watch by Christie Matheson this week. I loved how this book incorporated bird knowledge and find-and-seek birds within each page. The book is great to teach different types of common birds, counting, and searching for birds that are hiding in nature.



  • Still listening: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
  • Still reading with Trent: Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
  • Reading: ?? We’ll see!


I am still enjoying On the Come Up. It’s absolutely fantastic. The only reason I haven’t finished it is the fact that I am not sleeping much. But I plan to finish it very, very soon.


Wednesday: Don’t Mess With Me: The Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures by Paul Erickson

Thursday: Make This! from National Geographic Kids

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K.S. Ansari


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9 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/11/19”

  1. Congratulations on your new book, Ricki. I’m sure I would have loved it when I was teaching! Thanks for the heads up of the new picture books, Kellee. Wow, so many books coming out! Wishing you both a wonderful week!

  2. Congratulations Ricki!
    I am in the middle of reading The Poet X and Where the Heart Is, so I will come back and read your posts when I am finished.
    You have both read some fabulous books. I adored Mango Abuella and Me!Tiger Days: A Book of Feelings is nbot yet available here in my library system, but it sounds like a good one for may almost two year old grandkids!

  3. CONGRATULATIONS, RICKI!!! That is such a huge accomplishment! Way to go! I didn’t even realize you were working on a book – how wonderful. I’m excited for you!

    So many good books listed here that I haven’t read yet, and you guys make me miss picture books with my sons! Now my son likes epic fantasies of a mere 1000 pages or so.

    I did get to download the audio of On the Come Up last week – yay! So excited to listen 🙂

    Enjoy your books this week and thanks for hosting!


    Book By Book

  4. I can’t wait to read Charlie O’Reilly. I have it from the library now so it’s in the rotation. Reading The Lost Girl next.

  5. Congratulations to Ricki! I imagine you’re so excited to see this in print after all of your hard work. I’m #3 on the list for On the Come Up, so FINGERS CROSSED that it’ll be ready before the end of March. I’ve been looking forward to reading The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly, Kellee. I also have Hidden Figures on hold at the library and I hope it comes in this week (this will be my first time to read it). Have a wonderful reading week, y’all! <3


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