It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/19/19


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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: “We Shouldn’t Be…” (A Poem) by Monika & Jordan with an image by Serine

Thursday: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca

Friday: Teachers’ Guide for Barkus series updated with Barkus: Dog Dreams by Patricia MacLachlan

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  • Truman by Jean Reidy is one of my new favorite picture books though I am bias because I love land tortoises!
  • Catwad by Jim Benton is like an even grumpier Garfield.
  • Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger: “Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go.”
  • Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos: “A heartrending and hopeful debut novel about a nonverbal girl and her passion for space exploration.”
  • Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein: “An #ownvoices contemporary/realistic YA debut. 14 year old Erica “Ricky” Bloom, is newly diagnosed with a painful chronic illness and pretty pissed off about it.”


While visiting my son’s new elementary school, we checked out the gorgeous library. We saw The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros on display. Whew. This book is powerful. It took all of me not to start sobbing in the middle of the library.



  • Reading: The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen
  • Listening To: What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman
  • Reading with Trent: Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey


I’m reading an NCTE friend’s book draft, and it is fantastic. It is a secret, so I am not able to reveal much more. 🙂


Tuesday:  OCPS Appetite for Instruction Podcast with Kellee: Unleashing Young Readers

Thursday: The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros

Friday:  Educators’ and Discussion Guide for What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers

Sunday: Author Guest Post: Self-Esteem and Students by Karen S. McGowan, Author of Kelly’s Adventures


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

  1. Kellee, thanks for reminding me I need to buy the new Dog Man before school starts. 🙂

    Ricki, The Remember Balloons is a tough one to read especially if you’ve been through that experience.

  2. Kellee~ Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein is a new-to-me title. I need to go read up on this one because it sounds like I need to add it to my list! And What We Buried was a whirlwind. I’ll be interested in hearing what you believe happened along the timeline once you’re finished. That was a mind bender!

    Ricki~ Totally agree on The Remember Balloons. I’m not sure if my mom is yet ready to read this one. We just lost my grandfather to dementia not a year ago and his last few years were very tough. Can’t wait to hear about the secret!

  3. I hear you on forcing back tears when reading picture books in school libraries. Very dangerous! I will make sure to read The Remember Balloons when I’m off duty.

  4. Thanks for the heads up about Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein. A friend’s daughter has juvenile diabetes so I’ve recommended it to her.
    The Remember Balloons is kind of heartbreaking. I have a friend who is in the beginning stages of Alzheimers. I don’t think I can read this book again.


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