It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 6/3/19


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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.


Tuesday: Guest Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Friday: Teachers’ Guide for Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Helping Teens Understand the Immigration Debate” by Judy Dodge Cummings, Author of Immigration Nation

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  • Sleepover at the Museum by Karen LeFrak: Now Trent wants to sleep at a Natural History Museum! A fun look at all the different parts of the museum.
  • There Are No Bears in This Bakery by Julia Sarcone-Roach: Fun and different picture book! I love the illustrations.
  • Building Books by Megan Wagner Lloyd: Books are for everyone, and this book helps its character realize that.
  • Hip-Hop Lollipop by Susan Montanari: What a great rhythmic picture book! And I loved seeing the motion in the illustrations.

  • Harold Loves His Wooly Hat by Vern Kousky: Trent and I both loved this cute book. It is especially thoughtful for us because just like Harold doesn’t want to take off his hat, Trent doesn’t like to wear anything but long sleeves and pants, so it was a good conversation starter.
  • Just One You! by Lillian Jaine: A great inspirational book with all of our favorite Sesame Street characters, and I really did love the edition of questions for parents to ask their kids while reading.
  • Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets by Sara O’Leary: Trent adored this fun alphabet book! While I wouldn’t call it unusual, I will say that it is silly!
  • No Boring Stories by Julie Falatko: Why would a bunny want to join a writing group? The other animals probably shouldn’t assume anything.

  • Once Upon a Star by James Carter: Some of my favorite illustrations ever. And Trent loved the space information.
  • Paddington Sets Sail and Paddington and the Magic Trick by Michael Bond: Both of these are “read alongs” on the Hoopla app, and Trent and I read them (and others) when we need to fill some time.
  • My Heart by Corinna Luyken: The book filled my heart. Beautiful! Book of Mistakes was my Caldecott favorite, so I’m not surprised that I loved this one too.

  • The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake: Sunny St. James deals with heart surgery, family changes, and first kisses.
  • Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover: Eleven years after a school shooting, the survivors are graduating. The years have passed but the PTSD hasn’t.
  • Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson: Anderson’s #timesup memoir.
  • I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson: Stuck In Neutral meets Out of My Mind with a murder mystery.

  • The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer: Oh man! The true conflict has revealed itself! Need to get to the final book soon!
  • Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-McGinnis: December’s outlet while moving from foster home to foster home is imagining she’s a bird and learning everything about birds.
  • Heroine by Mindy McGinnis: One car accident can change the trajectory of lives.


Ricki is away on maternity leave and will return mid-June. Happy reading!



  • Listening with Trent: Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Listening: Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd
  • Reading on Kindle App: The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
  • Reading: Fear of Missing Out by Kate McGovern
  • Reading and Listening with Trent: Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger & Cece Bell
  • Reading Next with Trent: Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo or Narwhal books by Ben Clanton


Tuesday: Call for Teachers of YA Literature Classes

Wednesday: Blog Tour with Author Guest Post, Recipes, and Excerpt!: Nixie Ness: Cooking Star by Claudia Mills

Thursday: Guest Review: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

Friday: Max Attacks by Kathi Appelt

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Transgender and Non-Binary People Have Always Been Here” by Maria Cook, Author of Gender Identity: Beyond Pronouns and Bathrooms


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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6 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 6/3/19”

  1. The Bridge Home is one of my favorite books. It was one of those that I thought about long after I finished reading. Lots of other great books here, too!

  2. Wow, what a long list of intriguing books, Kellee! What a bookish summer you are having 🙂

    I haven’t read any of these yet – my MG and YA reading has really fallen behind lately.

    Hope you are going to join the Big Book Summer Challenge again this year! Enjoy your books this week and thanks for hosting the linkup!


    2019 Big Book Summer Challenge

  3. I have both Scythe by Neal Shusterman and Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina on my reading agenda for this summer, so we’re sorta on the same wavelength here. 🙂 I’ve checked out Over the Moon, but am worried I won’t get to it before I have to return it. I hope you enjoy!! Love seeing all these great books — thanks for sharing!


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