It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/2/20


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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: Remove the Stigma! Brain Health

Thursday: Room on our Rock by Katie & Jol Temple, Illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton

Sunday: Excerpt and Giveaway!: Sabina in the Eye I’d the Storm by Bella Kullgowwka Zucker
**Giveaway open until Saturday!**

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This month was a whirlwind! It felt like January was the longest month of the entire school year and February was a blink! Here’s what I’ve read since I last posted:

  • We read even more Fly Guy books–we’re pretty close to reading them all!
  • We also tried a Brownie and Pearl book by Cynthia Rylant. They are a cute pair!
  • Trent read National Geographic Kids: Race Day to me–it is amazing how reading just HAPPENED with him!
  • I finally finished the Heroes of Olympus series! I actually think I may have liked this book the best out of the entire series. I also then read the cross over books with Percy/Annabeth and Sadie/Carter–they were awesome!
  • Trent chose Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman, Illustrated by Jay Fleck from his Scholastic book fair, and we love it!
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft is everything I wanted it to be and more. I can definitely see why it won the Newbery AND is winning the hearts of kids and educators!
  • Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton took the Belles story and elevated it to the next level. Although you are completely satisfied at the end of BellesEverlasting Rose shows what happens next.
  • Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds is not like anything else he’s written. I love that it is a narrative AND short stories depending on how you want to use it.
  • One Year of Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks is everything I wanted from a new book by her. It is just a bit quirky, kick butt, smart, and all awesome.
  • The newest Wayside School book, written 40 years after the first one, was just perfect if you loved the Wayside books in the past. The nostalgia while reading was intense, and I also think that it doesn’t lose its magic with age!
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power was intense! A dystopic look at what could happen under a quarantine for an unknown illness that causes fantastical consequences!
  • Old Rock and Bob Ross will both be blogged about this week 🙂

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.


Influenza has reared its ugly head in my house. 🙁



First, I must share some awesomely exciting news: NEAL SHUSTERMAN COMES TO MY SCHOOL ON THURSDAY!!!! I’ve been planning this visit for over a year, and I cannot wait! I’ll blog about it soon 🙂

  • Reading: Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes
  • Also reading: Darkness Creeping: Twenty Twisted Tales by Neal Shusterman
  • Reading with Trent: Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  • Listening: A Match Made In Mehendi by Nandini Bajpal


Tuesday: Old Rock (is Not Boring) by Deb Pilutti

Thursday: Bob Ross: My First Book of Colors by Robb Pearlman, Illustrated by Bob Ross

Sunday: Authors Guest Post!: “Books That Build Empathy” by Debut MG and YA Authors of 2020


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4 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/2/20”

  1. I am so happy to hear about how much you enjoyed New Kid by Jerry Craft. I just started it, yesterday, and hate that I couldn’t finish it before bed. I really did feel that Everlasting Rose took it to the next level. And I’ll have to get to Wilder Girls in 2020. Can’t wait! HOW AWESOME that Neal Schusterman is coming to your school!! Don’t mind me over here NOT being jealous. Like, at all. LOL But I’m really looking forward to hearing about your author visit experience!

  2. Wilder Girls & New Kid certainly were favorite books last year, among so many others! It is so exciting to hear you’ll have Neal Shusterman at your school, Kellee. Sorry about the flu, Ricki. Best wishes for fast recoveries!

  3. Kellee, I enjoyed your post about Brain Health and agree that there is too much stigma attached to people with mental health issues.
    I am ashamed to admit that I have not read any of Faith Erin Hicks works (except for Pumpkinheads with Rainbow Rowell) I need to get on that because she is a pretty well known Canadian graphic novelist!
    New Kid is so good! It was almost a shoe in for the Cybils award this year.
    Ricki, hope you are feeling better soon.

  4. Happy Almost Neal Shusterman Day!!! Enjoy 🙂
    I still need to read Clayton’s books. I have both…
    I saw that you read New Kid on Goodreads – I can’t believe you had not read it yet! I was so happy it won! We had it on our Mock Newbery and I had told the kids I was pretty sure it was the only one that had a chance of winning.
    I still want to read Room On Our Rock. I’ve heard from several people it was ok, but I don’t really want to spend almost $20 on an eh book. I tried getting it through interlibrary loan and no one has it! And to answer your question, Kellee, I think it’s reverso poems.
    Ricki, hoping everyone is better very soon!


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