It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/28/16


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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.


Last Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday easter Twenty Yawns

line for line 9 Beyond the Red 9781634506441

Tuesday: Books We Really Love But Don’t Talk About Enough

Wednesday: National Geographic Kids: Celebrate Easter by Deborah Heiligman

Thursday: Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway!: Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley

Giveaway open until Wednesday!

Friday: Lousiana State University’s Line 4 Line Program: A Barbershop Literacy Program in Baton Rouge

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “The Star Wars Effect: Bringing Teens to Space” by Ava Jae, Author of Beyond the Red

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: Spring break did a wonderful thing for my reading! I was able to read 3 graphic novels, 3 picture books, and 3 novels this week!

The picture books I read were Steam Train, Dream Train (Sound Book) by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Bartholomew Quill by Thor Hanson, and This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary. I read Steam Train, Dream Train with Trent, and I can tell it is going to be another favorite book. He loves sound books and trains. We’ll be reviewing Bartholomew Quill this week. And I now completely understand why everyone raved about This is Sadie when it came out. It is another book that promotes reading and imagination, and it has beautiful illustrations.

Then I read Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes and its companion Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier. I do not know why I waited so long to read Peter Nimble, but I am so glad I finally did. Not only because it is beautiful and full of adventure but because it led me to read Sophie Quire which is going to end up being one of my favorite books of the year. The third novel I read was The Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry, and I cannot wait to share it with you on Friday!

Next I read my three graphic novels: Red’s Planet by Eddie Pittman, Hippopotamister by John Green, and Paths & Portals by Gene Luen Yang. All three are going to be hits. First, Red’s Planet  is the first in a middle grade about a young girl who is abducted by aliens. It is funny and interesting–it is going to popular! Next, Hippopotamister  teaches kids that experience leads to being able to succeed in live makes for a must get graphic novel for middle grade classrooms. And I love John Green’s illustrations! Everything is so detailed and crisp. Finally, Paths & Portals is the 2nd book in the Secret Coders series, and it was a great continuation of the series. There are many things I really like about this series: 1) It is smart; 2) It is written for kids who are coders or noncoders; 3) It is interactive; 4) The characters are diverse and relatable; 5) It has math in it but without making it too obvious. What I don’t like about this series: 1) THE CLIFFHANGERS!

Ricki: Please enjoy Kellee’s update above because mine isn’t very good! Henry and I enjoyed a lot of board books, but none were high-quality reads that I’d recommend. He received many new books from the Easter Bunny, so we will share those soon. He was highly impressed by Little Blue Truck’s Beep-Along Book by Alice Schertle. He loves to beep the stuffed animal as we read. 

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: This week is my state competition for Future Problem Solvers, so I have some very long days ahead of me, so I am not sure what I am going to read. I am currently listening to George by Alex Gino, so I hope to finish that this week. Readingwise, coming up for me is The Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre (for review) and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (for my school book club).

Ricki: Similar to last week, I regret to say I’m having difficulty managing my work load for The ALAN Review, doc school, and mommyhood. Henry was sick this week, so my husband and I have been up with him throughout the nights. I am really loving Kristen-Paige Madonia’s Invisible Fault Lines (an ARC from S&S). It is my treat before bed each night after a long day of work! I promise to share more later, and I am sorry I am falling behind!

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday finding winnie

 bartholomew quill classy crooks club

Tuesday: Recent 5-Star Reads

Wednesday: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick

Thursday: Bartholomew Quill: A Crow’s Quest to Know Who’s Who by Thor Hanson

Friday: Blog Tour, Author Guest Post, and Review!: The Class Crooks Club by Alison Cherry

 So, what are you reading?

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22 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/28/16”

  1. I’m sorry the week has been a tough week, Ricki. Sometimes it just seems like too much. Hope he’s better! Kellee, I’ll look for those first two books mentioned that you read. I haven’t heard of them. I loved This Is Sadie too, a gift for the granddaughters recently. Good luck on your problem-solving team. Long ago my husband led a team, and they won a district competition. It was such fun!

  2. I have been trying to get a copy of Sophie Quire. Loved Peter Nimble, so it is good to read your praise of Jonathan Auxier’s newest. Thanks for the post, lots of good titles to consider.

  3. Ricki, I know that feeling. I had spring break this past week and while I did read, I had so many other books I wanted to get to. It makes me sad, but I had to use that time for other things that needed to be done. I keep thinking my reading time will come and I’ll appreciate it that much more!
    Kellee, thanks for mentioning Peter Nimble again. I need to pull it out to bring with me. There’s no way I’ll get to it before I leave. I started putting together piles of books I’m going to bring with me for the summer. Packing has officially begun!

    • I think that my life will get a bit easier when I graduate from doc school, but I am not entirely sure! My advisor is always busy, busy, busy! The toddler certainly throws a wrench in my plans! 🙂

  4. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts about The Slowest Book Ever. I’m definitely intrigued by the title. 🙂

    I’m on my spring break this week and it’s already doing wonders for my reading life. When I’m not unpacking, I’m reading. 🙂

  5. Ricki, you already have a LOT going on and a sick child just throws everything off. Take care of that little guy! Kellee, isn’t This is Sadie divine? Such a wonderful book!Glad that your break gave you some time to read!

  6. Kellee, I think I am going to have to have another go at Peter Nimble. Maybe I can find it as an audiobook and see how that works. I do adore Jonathan Auxier.
    Ricki, if I am learning anything these days, it is that stuff happens. The important thing is to take care of yourself and your family.
    Hope you both have a fabulous reading week.

  7. I know I’ll probably end up reading Peter Nimble and Sophie Squire since I enjoyed The Night Gardener. I still haven’t read Steam Train nor Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site.

  8. Wow, Kellee, that’s a lot of reading for one week – good for you! And is that THE John Green of YA fame who wrote/illustrated the graphic novel? I hadn’t heard of that one yet. I enjoyed George on audio so I hope you like it, too.

    Ricki, some weeks are like that! I didn’t read much last week, either, because we were traveling & visiting family – long days! Glad you have one great book to look forward to at the end of the day! That’s often my only time to read, too.

    Enjoy your books this week! Spring break here this week, so maybe I will have a bit more reading time.


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  9. Kellee, I’m glad you enjoyed your reading this week. It sounds like you had some great books!
    Rikki, I hope Trent is feeling better. Having a sick child takes so much out of you–especially with all the other work you have going on. Hang in there! I hope you have time to relax soon.

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