It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/30/16


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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

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top ten tuesday fearless flyer fresh delicious Dorothea's Eyes Dump Truck Duck Doodle Adventures

Tuesday: Ten Books We Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Wednesday: Boyds Mills Press Nonfiction Picture Books

Thursday: Dump Truck Duck by Megan E. Bryant

Friday: Doodle Adventures: The Search for Slimy Space Slugs! by Mike Lowery

Sunday: Aspiring Author Guest Post!: “Four Books that Challenge Gender Roles” by Ainsley Izzie

Congratulations to Casey O. for winning a copy of Bubonic Panic!


 Last Week’s Journeys


undercurrents kingdom keepers peak heir apparent

Book clubs are over! This week I finished Undercurrents by Willo Davis Roberts, Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson, Peak by Roland Smith, and Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde. I am so proud of myself that I was able to finish seven of the nine book club books in the four weeks we did them in class! And my students all really loved book clubs! They’ve given me some good feedback, and many of them are going to be in my class with me again next year, and I cannot wait to do lit circles again with them next year.


We also finished Touching Spirit Bear in my 2nd period. I am so glad these students chose to do the whole class read aloud. I think they really connected with Cole and the novel. They actually have asked if for the rest of the school year we could listen to the sequel also. This was a class that we had a very hard time finding community; I really think this novel has helped finally build up our community.


five trucks

My family loves Brian Floca, and Five Trucks was no exception. 🙂

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We’ve been reading Sandra Boynton since Henry was born, but this week, he seemed to become obsessed with the fact that they each have songs. We’ve reread all of them dozens of times this week. He can’t get enough of them.


I found Crossing by Philip Booth in the library. The illustrations are absolutely stunning.

trains go

I adored Trains Go by Steve Light. Each page features a different type of train with its matching sound effect. This is very fun to read.

Doodle Adventures

I loved Doodle Adventures: The Search for Slimy Space Slugs! by Mike Lowery. I am having difficulty deciding who I will gift it to because it is so awesome. We reviewed this last week, but I didn’t have time to put it on my finished books because I read it so late!


This Week’s Expeditions


I don’t know what I am going to read! I know I have some novels that I have in the queue for review, but I feel kind of lost because I don’t have the lit circle books anymore. I did get approved for some new graphic novels on Netgalley, so I cannot wait to jump into those.

Grimm's Fairy Tales

I’m almost done with Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and I would love this production! The narrators are amazing!

I also have a big pile of picture books to read including some of the F&Gs that Ricki has shared and some nonfiction picture books that I’m reviewing next week.


Grimm's Fairy Tales

Like Kellee, I’m also almost done with Grimm’s Fairy Tales. I love it!


I am also reading an unpublished manuscript for an author. At her request, I can’t share anything about it, but it is a great work of fantasy!


Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ten Non-Shallow Beach Reads

Wednesday: Mastermind by National Geographic

Thursday: Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

Friday: Kate DiCamillo: Collaborative Summer Library Program Summer Reading Champion for 2016

Sunday: Author Guest Post!

 So, what are you reading?

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13 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/30/16”

    • My students love it, but it may be because we are in Orlando. They are saturated in Disney, so it is an interesting new story for them. Also, I think it is very much a middle school read, so I can understand being hesitant with younger kids.

  1. Hurray for Sandra Boynton and Steve Light for little readers! I am intrigued by your upcoming Tuesday post – non shallow beach reads! Look forward to reading the list!

  2. You have a terrific collection of books this week! I’ve ordered Fearless Flyer, Dorothea’s Eyes, Fresh Delicious, and Dump Truck Duck from my library. I should get them just in time to jump (with both feet) into summertime reading mode! I’m glad you liked Touching Spirit Bear. It’s been popular in my classroom for a while. After several students mentioned it in their reading response journals, I picked it up myself last summer and loved it!

    • Yay! I am so glad you are ordering all of those! They are going to be loved in your library 🙂
      You wrote a post about Touching Spirit Bear that I went to, correct? I loved how the student recommended it to you and you jumped right in!

  3. Yay for finishing the book clubs! It seems like you both had great weeks. :)I have always been a fairy tale fan so am looking forward to hearing your thoughts about the Grimm book.

  4. Kellee, congratulations on your book clubs! We are celebrating the end of library book clubs this coming Wednesday (I made a triple batch of chocolate mousse for the event!) What I love most is that my grade 6/7 club come into the library to meet whether or not I have announced it.
    Ricki, I can’t remember reading Sandra Boynton, but we read our fair share of train books when our boys were young.
    I’m going to have a look for this Grimm’s Fairy Tales since both of you have enjoyed it so much.

    • Thank you, Cheriee! I am doing library book clubs next year, too! This year was in class book clubs (a version of lit circles). My students loved them; I am definitely going to do more next year.


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