It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/20/19


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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.


to our giveaway winners!

Jennifer A. won Finding Orion


Teresa C. won We Are (Not) Friends


Tuesday: Blog Tour with Giveaway, Educators’ Guide, and Review!: Finding Orion by John David Anderson

Thursday: Guest Review: The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Combining History with Fantasy – Why and Three Hows” by Malayna Evans, Author of Jagger Jones & the Mummy’s Ankh

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  • The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman: One of his earlier books that show how innately good a storyteller he is! About finding out that your family isn’t exactly what you think it is.
  • Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot by Adam Gidwitz and Joseph Bruchac: I adore this series! This story was a little less action and more narrative than the first two. And if you haven’t seen, they’re making a Unicorn Rescue Society game:!
  • The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd: Lyndie B. Hawkins’s life changed really quick, and she is working to figure it all out.
  • Finding Orion by John David Anderson: Check out my post from last week!

Trent and I are taking a chapter book break to read new picture books!

  • One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller by Kate Read: I love when I find unique counting books, and this definitely is one! So much fun!
  • Camp Tiger by Susan Choi: An extended metaphor about change and fear. Beautiful illustrations!
  • Lana Lynn Howls at the Moon by Rebecca Van Slyke: Such a cute book about figuring out our place.
  • The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes: Loved reading this one to Trent as he gets ready to go to Kindergarten in the fall!
  • Nobody Hugs a Cactus by Carter Goodrich: Even the most grumpy need some love (and that grumpy cactus is so adorable!).

  • I Will Race You Through This Book! by Jonathan Fenske: Definitely one of Trent’s favorites from this group–I really think that interactive picture books done well are some of the best out there!
  • I Lost My Tooth by Mo Willems: Another multiple read title for Trent. Mo Willems just knows kid humor, and this story of tooth ignorant squirrels is just too funny.
  • Blooming Beneath the Sun by Christina Rossetti: Illustrated by Ashley Bryan because he loves Rossetti’s poems, so you know it is beautiful.
  • Sign Off by Stephen Savage: What a cool concept about sign silhouettes coming to life!
  • Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Shertle: Little Blue Truck is a favorite of all five year olds, I think.

  • Little Fox and the Missing Moon by Ekaterina Trukhan: Little Fox is so cute!
  • Fly by Nathan Clement: A narrative nonfiction text looking at traveling by airplane.
  • I Love You All Year Through by Stephanie Stansbie: These books always choke me up–any book to show love is a winner!
  • Bedtime for Beasties by Leslie Staub: A girl takes control of her fears!
  • Dolphins: Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle: Dolphins are strange and wonderful, and we loved learning about all the different kinds.

  • Like a Lizard by April Pulley Sayre: This was a fun way to teach about lizards! A great mix of silliness and facts.
  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach: This book was hilarious–both Trent and I thought so!
  • Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow by Martha Freeman: A good book for rhyming.
  • The Goose Egg by Liz Wong: Trent loved this one, too! Fun look at idioms mixed with a fun unexpected parenting story.
  • Moon! Earth’s Best Friend by Stacy McAnulty: Stacy McAnulty is brilliant–Moon! has been read so many times in my house already.

  • Douglas, You’re a Genius by Ged Adamson: This book reminded me a bit of Phineas and Ferb.
  • There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher: Another really well done interactive picture book! We went and requested There’s a Monster in Your Book right away!
  • Perfect by Max Amato: Pencil versus eraser.
  • Dust Bunny Wants a Friend by Amy Hevron: Trent loved that he could read this mostly-wordless picture book. I loved that super cute illustrations and how much Trent pulled from them to add to the story.
  • Lion Lessons by Jon Agee: Too funny! Just a very clever book about nature versus nurture.


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



  • Currently Reading: The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Currently Reading with My Ears: An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer
  • Currently Reading with My & Trent’s Ears: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond


Thursday: Guest Review: Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Friday: Educator Guide for Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Igniting Your Students’ Passion Using the ‘FIRE’ Method” by Scott Wilson, Author of METL: The Angel Weapon


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7 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/20/19”

  1. My goodness, SOOO many books to look through here! I’m especially looking forward to seeing Sign Off for myself. Looks like it might be a fun picture book to share with my 5 year old during our next road trip! Have a wonderful reading week, Kellee!

  2. I just weeded some Shusterman (and some Sleator) that hadn’t moved from the shelf in a long time. I do love Dread Locks and Red Rider’s Hood and will have to recommend those next year!

  3. Oh, I remember The Dark Side of Nowhere – a good one, as all Schusterman’s novels are!

    And, you know I love Paddington – so glad you are introducing your son to the classics, like Pooh and Paddington 🙂

    I have gotten behind on Kate DiCamillo’s latest novels – love her & need to catch up!

    Enjoy your books this week & thanks for hosting the linkup!


    Book By Book

  4. Sometimes it’s fun to read a pile of picture books, even after kids have started to read on their own. My kids were in junior high before I stopped bring them home. I saw a lot I will look out for on your lists.


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