It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/16/20


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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: Eat the Cake by M.H. Clark, Illustrated by Jana Glatt

Sunday: Author Guest Post and Giveaway!: “Something Old, Something New: Five Classics Reimagined as Middle-Grade Books” by Erin Yun, Author of Pippa Park Raises Her Game

Published Late Sunday Night (Due to the Urgency of Educational Needs): Stuck Inside? Live Author Read-Alouds and Other Online Learning Options

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  • After meeting Cyndy Etler at ALAN this last year, I wanted to read everything she’d written, and this week I jumped in by reading The Dead Inside which was the first memoir she wrote. It looks at her abuse-filled childhood including her stay at Straight, Inc., a brainwashing, cult-like rehab for teens. This book brought about a spiral of internet reading for me as well, and WOW what a terrible thing that existed (and was supported) here in the U.S. I’m so glad that Cyndy made it through and is now working with teens the right way!
  • I also read I’m Not Dying With You Tonight which is another book I’d wanted to read since ALAN. I loved meeting Kimberly and Gilly, and I was intrigued by the story that they told. This book deserves all the fans that it has because I could not put it down! I loved all the no-holds-barred truth in it.
  • Just Like Mama by Alice Faye Duncan is a beautiful book and all elementary teachers and librarians need to have it in their collection because it shows a positive fostering relationship which is very rarely shown in picture books. And with Duncan’s lyrical writing and Charlene Pinkney Barlow’s beautiful artwork, this is not only a good but very much needed book. And I love the note at the end from the author: “As a schoolteacher working in an urban environment with all of its complications, I have witnessed great success stories, I know countless grandmothers, aunts, big sisters who did not retreat – who valiantly cared for children not their own…I wrote Just Like a Mama to celebrate fictive kin, adoptive parents and guardians who have chosen to love and care for a child when they have no obligation to do so.” Just a beautiful book all around.
  • With Trent:
    • We are now on our last Princess in Black book after finishing #5 and #6 this week. I love the little lessons among the fun in each book.
    • See Fred Run and Itchy Book were both read to me by Trent this week!
    • The other books were all library picks by Trent!

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


I am devoting my energy to preparing a post for read-alouds for those of us stuck inside!



  • Reading: Unbound by Neal Shusterman
  • Listening: A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer
  • Reading with Trent: The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham



Monday 9am ET: Stuck Inside? Live Author Read-Alouds and Other Learning Options

Thursday: That’s A Job?: I Like Animals…What Jobs are There? by Steve Martin, Illustrated by Roberto Blefari

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Learning STEM Through Stories” by S. Kitanovic, Author of Esie Explores Beneficial Bacteria


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2 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/16/20”

  1. I really want to get to some of the other Neal Shusterman series. The Tesla’s Attic one has been in my pile for a long time now!
    Thank you so much for the read aloud post. It was nice to have that to share with teachers in my district.


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