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


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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.


Wednesday: Teacher Guide for AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet by Jon Scieszka

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**Descending from newly read to older**

  • Obviously Trent LOVES Elephant & Piggie, so they often come home from the library.
  • We are also reading books from the SSYRA, Jr. list. The Bagel King by Andrew Larsen and Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lange are both from the list, and we really liked both of them. (Though P.S. Jim Panzee in Grumpy Monkey IS NOT a monkey!)
  • Trent wants to be a zoologist, so What Do You Do With All That Do? by Jane Kurtz and A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz are both books I bought to help harvest that love.
  • Trent says he loved all the books, but his favorite picture books from this batch are: Funny Lunch by David Catrow, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo (he was so excited to see Mercy Watson!), and Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz.
  • All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker: “SoHo, 1981. Twelve-year-old Olympia is an artist—and in her neighborhood, that’s normal. . . [but] then everything falls apart.”
  • Not if I Can Help It by Carolyn Mackler: “Willa likes certain things to be certain ways . . . [and] there are some things she can’t deal with, like her father’s big news.”
  • Her Own Two Feet by Meredith Davis & Rebeka Uwitonze: “Through her eyes, the moving story of a young Rwandan girl born with clubfeet and the risk she takes for the chance to walk on the bottoms of her feet for the first time. . .But it means leaving her own family behind and going to America on her own.”

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2019 Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.


The busiest semester of my life is almost over, and I am so looking forward to reading more for choice. I did manage to squeeze in some new books this week.

Of all of the books we read this week, my kids liked Monster Musical Chairs the most. They are a part of the MathStart series (of which I was unfamiliar with). The monsters in the book keep dropping out when they play musical chairs. My 3yo enjoyed counting how many monsters were left, and my kindergartener loved telling us the math sentence (three minus one equals two) after we read the pages. It was a big win because both kids were involved in the reading. We also read about thirty lego books this week, but I think I’ll save you from the pictures.

I read Susana M. Muñoz’s Identity, Social Activism, and the Pursuit of Higher Education. I loved the journey stories in this book. The activists are incredibly inspiring.

I also read Kia Jane Richmond’s Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature. I loved this book and appreciated Kia Jane’s in-depth analyses of the texts. I am always learning from her!



  • Listening: How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox
  • Reading: The Toll by Neal Shusterman


I am off to curl into bed with Ruta Sepetys’ The Fountains of Silence. I love this book, and I love this author!


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

  1. Oooh, I remember reading How It Feels To Float. Beautiful, but also quite heavy. I’m just now finishing reading Scythe and I already can’t wait to get to The Toll! Hope you both have a fantastic reading week!


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