It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/23/20


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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.



Monday (though updated daily!): 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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I hope you all are doing well during this time of self quarantine. Sending warm well wishes, safety, health, and sanity to everyone! <3

  • Violent Ends is a collaborative book by 18 authors edited by Shaun David Hutchinson. I came across it because Neal Shusterman wrote one of the chapters in the book and he mentioned it at his school visit. The book is about a school shooting and each chapter is a different insight into the event. Wow–it is powerful, sad, scary……. wow.
  • Time Shifters by Chris Grine is a graphic novel that was recommended to me by my student mentee. It is a book he talks about often, and it is never available at the library. When I saw it at the end of the day before Spring Break, I grabbed it. It is a adventure including time travel, bug monsters, ghosts–just all sorts of oddness and fun!
  • Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang was not what I was expecting, and it is hard to explain, but it is wonderful. It is an inside look at the creation of the book all in narrative form in the book. But trust me when I say to read it.
  • A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer is a prequel to the Land of Stories series, and it was just as magical as the series. I look forward to book 2, and I just love listening to “Kurt” read the books to me.
  • With Trent
    • A new Sandra Boynton! I love Sandra Boynton, and although this is a board book, we dove right in because we actually know the “Your Nose” song off of the Sandra Boynton music CD (Blue Moo) we have. If you don’t know these, they are great companions to many of Boynton’s books.
    • Mac Barnett and Oliver Jeffers fill our recently read shelf because of their virtual book clubs. They have both been a PLEASURE to watch. They have all become instant favorites–it is something about the interaction of the book club and the personal feeling with the author reading to us that has just sucked Trent in! His favorites probably have been Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers and Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, but it is truly hard to choose!
    • We did watch 2 Shark Story Hours also: Hark a Shark and Manfish. It is nice to get the shark info and a great story!
    • Trent and Henry are both in a book club reading Sideways Stories from Wayside School but we wanted to have them practice in a smaller setting, so they met up once this week to discuss half of Bad Guys: Episode One by Aaron Blabey, and it was one of the most amazing and cute things I’ve ever been witness to. They were so engaged! We finished book one and have a few chapters of book two to read for this week’s Trent and Henry meeting.
    • Jon Klassen read I Want My Hat Back on one of Mac Barnett’s Mac Book Club Shows, so Trent wanted to read it again, and now we’re in another book club with one of my colleague’s friends to discuss the Klassen Hat Trilogy!

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



  • Reading: One of Us is Next by Karen McManus, HiLo: All the Pieces Fit by Judd Winick
  • Listening: Whatever After: Seeing Red by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Reading with Trent: Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar, The Bad Guys: Episode 2: Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey


Tuesday: Review and Giveaway! Rosie: Stronger Than Steel by Lindsay Ward

Thursday: The Memory Box: A Book About Grief and The Memory Book: A Grief Journal for Children and Families by Joanna Rowland, Illustrated by Thea Baker

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Discovering the World Through Literacy” by N.R. Bergeson, Author of The Magnificent Glass Globe series


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5 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/23/20”

  1. I am looking forward to Dragon Hoops. You’ve intrigued me by your description, Kellee. Wishing you both continuing good health and comforting days during this tough time.

  2. Wishing you well Kellee and Ricki. Looking for the silver lining with this gift of time to slow down and enjoying all the books I finally have time to read.

  3. I just started teaching my 6-year-old to crochet this week, so it’s time to re-read Extra Yarn, for sure. And I really need to read One of Us is Next! I enjoyed the first book (as well as Two Can Keep a Secret). My just have been loving the HiLo series. At least one finished book #6 last month, but the others are still playing catch-up. Hope you’re both staying safe during this time of quarantine and social distancing!


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