It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/14/16


IMWAYR 2015 logo

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.

Last Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday dig in Good Morning Yoga-UPDATED cover hi-res

Thomson_TheTypewriter_6603_JK_FL_ v3.indd unleashingreaders - maxhamby

Tuesday: Ten Unfortunate Character Names

Wednesday: Blog Tour, Author Guest Post, and Review!: Dig In by Cindy Jenson-Elliott

Thursday: Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review!: Good Morning Yoga by Mariam Gates
**Giveaway open until Wednesday!**

Friday: Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review!: The Typewriter by Bill Thomson
**Giveaway open until Thursday!**

Sunday: Author Q&A with Kathy Cyr, Author of the Max Hamby series

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: This week I finished a #mustreadin2016 book! The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart is such a tough story, but it is really a story about life in the end. It was the teacher book club book for my school, and I really enjoyed talking about it with my fellow teachers. I also cannot wait to review it because it just has so much to talk about.

Trent and I also spent a lot of time with some National Geographic books, some which we’ll be reviewing this week. He really loves animals, so each page we looked at colors and made animal sounds. I really love how National Geographic books are put together. They always have beautiful photos, are informative, but also entertaining.


Last week, I also got to meet Michele Knott!! And at Disney! How much fun! Michele and her family were so nice, and we had a great time watching Fantasmic and the new Star Wars fireworks.

Ricki: I know this isn’t relevant to reading, but I have to share…my son is in a toddler bed right now! I feel like he is becoming such a big boy before my eyes! Henry and I also read some National Geographic books (see the images below). We enjoyed them and loved the pictures and fun facts! I finished listening to Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. I liked this book and had fun listening to it, but I am a bit of a prude. Anyone who has read this book will understand me when I say that I blushed over a hundred times. It is definitely a book I will recommend, and I had good fun with it. 

I also read a book called On the Line by Jack Dougherty. It details how Hartford, CT went from being the wealthiest city to the fourth poorest per capita in the country. It discusses the impacts to education and dives deeply into the ways that the regional magnet schools are designed. This book is free online, and I found it to be quite intriguing.

I am so jealous that Kellee met our blogger buddy, Michele Knott! Ahh!

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: Over the weekend, I started Tale of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling because the two boys in my class who are reading Harry Potter could not believe I hadn’t read it. After, I plan on reading Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier in preparation for reading its companion. Additionally, I’ve begun listening to audiobooks in the car again, so I began listening to Upside Down Magic by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski, and Emily Jenkins. So far it is cute and quite entertaining! 

I’m excited because Friday starts my Spring Break, so I hope to get some good reading in during those 10 days. My plans include what I listed above as well as Classy Crooks ClubThe Slowest Book Ever, Red’s Planet, and Cody and the Mystery of the Universe.

Ricki: I am just finishing up a midterm essay about human rights and social justice education. Then, I need to finish writing a manuscript for the AERA conference. They require presenters to upload a full manuscript for publication a few weeks before we present. I researched the ways a struggling reader experienced power positioning in four course contexts: her traditional English class; her remedial reading course; her Young Adult Literature course (which I taught); and her college English course, two years later. Therefore, I might not be able to read much, so I apologize!

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday farm animals rascally rabbits

maybe a fox kiki and jacques freya

Tuesday: Ten Books on our Spring To Be Read List

Wednesday: National Geographic Kids: Farm Animals and Rascally Rabbits! 

Thursday: Blog Tour, Author Guest Post, Giveaway, and Review!: Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee

Friday: Kiki and Jacques by Susan Ross

Sunday: “Getting Students to ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ Their Writing” by KW Penndorf, Author of Freya and the Dragon Egg

 So, what are you reading?

Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

 Signature andRickiSig

20 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/14/16”

  1. Kellee I am just starting Dan Gemeinhart’s next book. I loved Honest Truth! So wonderful that you got to meet Michele! Ricki congratulations on the toddler bed situation! Movin on up. I own Grasshopper Jungle – I think I will read it this summer. I have been forewarned that it is an experience.

  2. Ricki, I got exhausted just reading about the work you are doing. It seems quite logical that you won’t be able to get much reading in. No need for apologies! Kellee, I love how you are reading a book because your students encouraged you to read it. I haven’t read that one either and I love HP so I probably should get to it. Have a great reading week!

  3. Awww, we both shared about our fun meeting! Can’t wait to see you guys again this summer!
    Kellee, I need to read both Jonathan Auxier’s books. It seemed like April was so far away, yet here it is. I figured you would love The Honest Truth 🙂 I loved his new one too, very different genre but great storytelling.
    Ricki, I’m always so impressed with what you read and write. It’s such important work, I give you so much credit.
    Looking forward to your Fox post. I have the book now. Will read it. Apparently with tissues!

    • Yay! It was so exciting to meet you, and I know we are going to have some fun this summer.
      I haven’t read either either, so I am looking forward to it.
      I did love The Honest Truth–thank you for pushing me to read it. I look forward to reading his newest.

  4. Woo hoo for toddler beds and spring break! Kellee, I loved the Tales of Beadle the Bard! I used to find some of my favorite books came from student recommendations. Rikki, good luck with all your writing and presentation prep. It sounds fascinating.

  5. Good luck on all of your work Ricki & congrats on having a growing young one. 🙂

    I too enjoy the Nat. Geo books.

    Kellee, I got to meet Michelle last year. It’s super fun to meet people from the online realm in person.


Leave a Reply to Kellee Cancel reply