It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/5/15



It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. 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!

Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee 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.



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Last Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday ebola like water on stone Zack delacruz

Tuesday: YA Text Recommendations for Bestselling Adult Texts

Wednesday: Review and Author Interview!: Ebola: Fears and Facts by Patricia Newman

Friday: Review and Giveaway!: Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth by Jeff Anderson

Giveaway open until Friday!

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: Thank you all so much for all the kind words last week! We had a wonderful visit with my mother, and I miss her so much!

Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve had quite a variety of reading. I read one middle grade novel, Zack Delacruz, which I reviewed on Friday, one early chapter book, Last-But-Not-Least Lola and the Cupcake Queens, which we’ll review Thursday, one MG/YA nonfiction text, Jump Back, Paul which I’m reviewing on Wednesday, one nonfiction picture book, Frozen Wild by Jim Arnosky which I’ll review next week, and two fiction picture books, Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Cock-A-Doodle Oops! by Lori Degman both of which will be reviewed in the near future. They are all very different, but all very much worth reading.

Trent has become quite a voracious reader. I have a post planned later in October to give an update of all of his favorite books, but I thought I’d give a minor update today since I haven’t talked about his reading in a while. This last week we read a few new board books, and they were all a hit:

  • Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter, a super fun interactive book that Trent finds hilarious
  • If I Had a Tail! by Jeane Cabral Schlatter, a flap book with a fun guessing game
  • Llama Llama Nighty Night by Anna Dewdney, another Llama Llama book to add to Trent’s collection
  • National Geographic Little Kids Look & Learn: Things that Go, Trent’s new favorite things are vehicles which meant this book was right up his alley
  • Elmo’s World: First Flap-Book Library, Trent loves Sesame Street (especially Elmo), so these are definitely a favorite
  • My Big Truck Book, My Big Train Book, and My Big Dinosaur Book by Roger Priddy, this series is a full of bright pictures that are labeled, and Trent loves to sit and look through them

Ricki: I also read and enjoyed the early chapter book, Last-But-Not-Least Lola and the Cupcake Queens. I finished Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond (full review to come soon). I find myself paraphrasing sections frequently, which means it is a good book. And then I did the Ricki thing where I started six books that I am excited about (see below).

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I started Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz Saturday, and I am truly enjoying it so far! Jocelyn Hook would really love The Terror of the Southlands, and I think any of you that loved The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, you will love Hook’s Revenge as well. I also have the four novels for my ALAN panel that I need to read, so I plan on starting one of them when I finish Hook’s Revenge.

Ricki: I am loving the audio of The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine. What a treasure! I am also enjoying Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings by Margarita Engle. This is a memoir in verse, and it is quite lovely. I am too early in the others to say more, but I will report back soon.

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday jump back paul Lola and the Cupcake Queens roar Book of Names

Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend to Students  if they Like _____.

Thursday: Blog Tour!: Last-But-Not-Least Lola and the Cupcake Queens by Christine Pakkala

Friday: Blog Tour!: Roar! by Julie Bayless

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “What’s in a Name?” by Royce Leville, author of The Book of Names

 So, what are you reading?

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22 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/5/15”

  1. Kellee, I’m very excited about Hook’s Revenge since I loved The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates.
    Rickie, after reading your review of Like Water on Stone, I just have to get a copy of it. I read Dance of the Banished by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch last spring, another book that deals with the Armenian Genocide. If you are interested, you can read about it here.
    Since both of you liked Last-But-Not-Least Lola and the Cupcake Queen, I’ve added that one to my list too!

  2. Every time I stop by I adding books to my TBR list or I’m moving books up in my piles! Lola sounds cute. I still need to read(but I own) the Honorable Pirates and the Hook series. So many books…

  3. Kellee,
    Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with your mom–and I enjoy hearing what Trent is reading. Isn’t it fun to watch our kids grow as readers? I love sharing reading with my daughter.
    I loved The Lions of Little Rock–such a powerful story of friendship.

  4. Kellee, you sure are making up for lost time! Glad you enjoyed your mom’s visit.

    I’m not familiar with any of the books you two have been reading, but they all sound good!

    Kellee – have you tried Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go for Trent? It was one of my sons’ all-time favorites and sounds like it would be right up his alley now!

    Hope you both enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

    • I don’t have that one! I do that the Richard Scarry’s 100 first words book, but that’s the only one of his I have right now. I’ll have to look for that one! Thank you!


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