It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/18/16


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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

raymie weird and wild National Parks Guide

Monster School Cover john coggin sarah and her twirling

Tuesday: Exclusive Reveal!: Teaching Guide for Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Wednesday: National Parks Week: A Weird and Wild Beauty by Erin Peabody & National Geographic’s National Parks Guide U.S.A.

Thursday: Blog Tour and Review!: Monster Needs to go to School by Paul Czajak

Friday: Blog Tour, Character Interview, Giveaway, and Review!: The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele
Giveaway open until Thursday!

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Picture Books: Better Than Teddy Bears” by Dawn Marie Hooks, Author of Sarah and her Twirling Toes

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: I love the weeks when I don’t know what I am going to read because there is just endless possibilities!

First, I went to Netgalley and perused the graphic novels, and I was so excited to get the chance to read Ben Hatke’s upcoming Mighty Jack. It’ll be a must buy when it comes out–my students are going to love this fractured retelling. I also read the third Lumberjane graphic novel. I love this series! It is unique and fun and fantastical.

Then I finished listening to The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John. This is a over-the-top but such a silly read. (I went to book talk it to my students and cannot find it though! I hope it shows up, or if it walked, I hope the kid who took it loves it.)

Finally, I finished reading two middle grade novels (both which I’ll review soon). Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe by Tricia Sprinstubb is just as special as the first one in the series. I love Cody and the awesome cast of characters in her book. I also read Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchMaker by Kristina Springer which is a new tween series that my 6th and 7th grade girls are going to love!

Ricki: I read several picture books this week. I enjoyed Monster Goes to School by Paul Czajak. Readers who love There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly will love the board book version by Pam Adams. It is very cleverly depicted with cutouts and illustrations. I also adored Ten Little Kisses by Russell Julian. My aunt bought it for me because it is a favorite amongst the students she reads to with her therapy dog. I also finished Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue by Lauren Oliver and H. C. Chester. This was a fun book that reminded me a bit of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: This week, I once again don’t know what I am going to read! I did start listening to The War that Saved my Life on Thursday, and I wish I could sit in my car and just listen to it. So heartbreakingly good so far. I’m about to go to bed, so I won’t pick up a new book tonight, but I will update you on what I get to read next week 🙂

Ricki: I am halfway through both All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, Invisible Fault Lines by Kristen-Paige Madonia, and The Nest by Kenneth Oppel. All three are fantastic and very different from each other. This adds spice (and happiness) to my life! The semester is nearing a close, so I feel lucky that I will have more time to read more.

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday 31 ways to change gaia warriors

teeny tiny toad balthazar


Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Want to Make a Difference

Wednesday: Earth Day Reads: Gaia Warriors by Nicola Davis & 31 Ways to Change the World by 4,386 Children, We Are What We Do ©, and YOU!

Thursday: Teeny Tiny Toady by Jill Esbaum

Friday: Future Problem Solving Program

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: Possible Impossibilities: Magic and the Middle-Grade Reader by I.J. Brindle, author of Balthazar Fabuloso in the Lair of the Humbugs

 So, what are you reading?

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24 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/18/16”

  1. How was reading Jack on the computer? I got approved for it on NetGalley too, but it’s not for kindle. Reading on the computer is hard for me….
    Ricki, can’t wait to hear your final thoughts on All American Boys!

  2. Kellee – Oh, I have heard such great things about Lumberjane – I really need to get my hands on it!

    Ricki – my book group just chose Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – I’ve been wanting to read it for ages so can’t wait! I’m impressed you can juggle 3 books at a time – the best I can manage is reading one and listening to an audio 🙂

    Hope you both enjoy your books this week!


    Book By Book

  3. Kellee, Enjoy the new reading surprises this week brings. I hope it is as good as the ones you found last week.
    Rikki, I loved Miss Peregrine (must remember to look for the last book at the library) and will look for The Screaming Statue.

  4. The War That Saved My Life was such a good book. I haven’t read The Nest yet, but one of my 8th graders read the ARC last year and really liked it. I need to get around to reading that one soon!

  5. Kellee, I also loved The War that Saved My Life!I think I wept buckets. I love Ben Hatke and am looking forward to reading Mighty Jack.
    Rickie, I’ve been wondering how All American Boys is as an audio. Are there two different voices? I loved it as a plain old fashioned book. I’m waiting for The Nest to be available as an audio, but suspect it will be too scary to listen to.

  6. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Teeny Tiny Toady – such a winner in my room! All American Boys and The War that Saved my Life are both favourites of mine. Happy reading/listening to you both!

  7. I love reading multiple books when they’re all different from one another so I can pick one depending on my mood. I have to give the Cody books a try.


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