It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/22/19


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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: Student Voices!: Inspirational Female Characters by Vanessa, Angelina, Georgia, & Natalie

Friday: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration!: Space Book Roundup and Reaching for the Moon Giveaway
**Giveaway open until Thursday!**

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**



We are moving homes here in Orlando, so I am going to take off about 6 weeks to get my family moved and settled. I’ll be back early August.


We went on vacation with relatives this week, and you bet we brought a huge stack of new books. Below, I share our favorites within the stack. 🙂

Both the kids and adults enjoyed Bug Off!: A Story of Fireflies and Friendship by Cari Best. One of the main characters within the book is very mean, and I loved watching the adults crinkle their noses as they read her mean comments. This is a great book to talk about bugs, friendship, and inclusion/exclusion.

Go For the Moon: A Rocket, A Boy, and the First Moon Landing by Chris Gall is a wonderful book that integrates narrative and nonfiction. The main character learns about the first moon landing as he builds his own rocketship at home. This is a great book for space lovers!

My family has a special place in our hearts for Sara Varon’s books. We were thrilled to see her new picture book called Hold Hands. We read this book a few dozen times this week, and it was a huge hit. My mom said it was her favorite of the bunch.

Horse Meets Dog by Elliott Kalan and Tim Miller is not a brand new book (it came out last year), but it slipped into our stack. This has been a great book to practice reading with my older son, and it is very funny!

James Yang, please do not stop writing these books. We LOVE Bus! Stop! and we also fell in love with Stop! Bot! These two books are among my favorite read-alouds. We have made many predictions about what he might write about next.

This book (The Great Gran Plan by Elli Woollard) was definitely one of my sons’ favorites of the week. Halfway through the week, we swapped out half of the books with a stack that I’d been saving in my car, and my middle son begged me to “keep the piggy book upstairs.” It is a very fun fractured fairytale.

We were lucky to receive a F&G of The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, but the finished copy is even more beautiful. I love this book, and it has been great to discuss my oldest son’s imminent entrance to kindergarten. All week, my brother kept asking him if he’d be the “king of kindergarten.”



I am not sure what the week brings. I’ve got a few audiobooks rolling that aren’t enticing me, and I am wondering if I should switch gears to different audiobooks. I am finding it tricky to balance two young kids, a newborn, work, and reading at the moment, so you might be seeing predominantly new YA texts for the next few weeks.


Tuesday: Student Voices!: Short Essays on Reading and Books by Luis, Star, Paola, Amy, Alex, Maya, Axel, Cooper, & Jacob

Friday: 5 Worlds: The Red Maze by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel


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8 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/22/19”

  1. Ricki, I think it’s tricky to balance two young kids, and a newborn, never mind work, and reading! Anyway, you are reading – just with your little ones and not so much for yourself.
    Thanks for the heads up about these books. I’ve got a hold on Bus! Stop!and am looking forward to reading it with my grandkids. Alas, my library does not have The Great Gran Plan.

  2. Ricki, don’t worry about doing too much reading, just enough to keep you sane! Even though it doesn’t seem like it, children grow up very quickly, leaving you plenty of time for reading. When I started my blog, my girls were in 2nd and 6th grade, just old enough to hover and do their thing while I read, interrupting frequently. Now, they are out of the house, and this is the time when I can read all I want. Not that repeated games of Old Maid and Pretty, Pretty Princess is any easier to play when you’re in the midst of Small Child World!

  3. I’ll echo what Cheriee & Karen wrote. Take time for the kids & read what you need to! Time goes very quickly! Thanks for those picture books, some of which are new to me!

  4. Ricki, same as everyone else. I can’t believe how fast it goes. Take photos and videos of everything!
    And if you read YA, I want to know about those too 🙂 🙂

  5. Go For the Moon is a new title for me. My students love narrative nonfiction and it would pair well with some of the other recent picture books about the Voyager landing.

  6. I’m so grateful to be seeing all these new moon titles with the recent anniversary! And I’m going to have to see if we are getting Bug Off!: A Story of Fireflies and Friendship — sounds like some good conversational stuff! Thanks for sharing! #superlatecomment


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