It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 2/26/24

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
For readers of all ages

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop we host which focuses on sharing what we’re reading. This Kid Lit version of IMWAYR focuses primarily on books marketed for kids and teens, but books for readers of all ages are shared. We love this community and how it offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. The Kid Lit IMWAYR was co-created by Kellee & Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “The Importance of Muslim Characters in Children’s Books: Fostering Inclusivity and Combating Misconceptions” by Rahma Rodaah, Author of Dear Muslim Child

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Kellee

Middle Grade

  • Finally Seen by Kelly Yang: Lina’s story of joining her family in the United States is reflective of the journey of so many who come to America, enter our schools, and work to balance the differences in life. Lina’s voice and story was a pleasure to read, and I loved following her journey to find her voice and show that she is worth being listened to and seen!

Young Adult

  • The Reappearance of Rachel Price by Holly Jackson: I could not put this book down once I started reading it. I read it in one day and talked to so many people about it. I am blown away by Jackson’s ability to make sure all parts of the story are tied together because this is a wild story–so suspenseful and full of family secrets, lies, and crime!
  • Found Found Dead by Natalie D. Richards: This was a scary book, which is so interesting because you know right away who the killer is, but that doesn’t matter when you don’t know who is going to die or who is going to survive and how they’re going to get out, and the setting of an abandoned mall was a perfect backdrop to the thrills.

Picture Books

  • No Cats in the Library by Lauren Emmons: Trent goes to Angel Paws at our local library which gives him the opportunity to read to therapy dogs, so this picture book pulled at our heart strings because the experience of reading to animals is truly wonderful. I’m so glad that the librarian in Emmons’s book changes their mind and allows the cat to make a difference with the kids who need it. And through this story about reading aloud, Emmons created a fun read aloud with such cute illustrations.
  • This Little Kitty in the Garden by Karen Obuhanych: This rhyming picture book begs to be read aloud and will definitely be the inspiration for starting gardens for many a young reader because the cats are adorable and the lessons about gardening are intriguing.
  • Don’t Trust Cats (Life Lessons from Chip the Dog) by Dev Petty, Illustrated by Mike Boldt: I haven’t yet found a Petty book that I didn’t enjoy. Chip the Dog may not be the smartest, but he is a fun story teller and always makes me laugh out loud. I am a huge fan of the formatting of this book, and the silly illustrations are the perfect bow on the package.
  • I Cannot Draw a Bicycle by Charise Mericle Harper: This series of books (companion to I Cannot Draw a Horse) are just so silly yet clever and readers will love all of the character’s drawings and even doing their own drawings!

To learn more about any of these books, click on any title/image to go to the book’s Goodreads page or check out my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

This is my week off–I’ll see you next week!

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Kellee

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Tuesday: Trent’s Favorite Books He Read When He Was 9

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Be Kind to the Language” by Chris Lynch, Author of Walkin’ the Dog

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 2/19/24

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
For readers of all ages

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop we host which focuses on sharing what we’re reading. This Kid Lit version of IMWAYR focuses primarily on books marketed for kids and teens, but books for readers of all ages are shared. We love this community and how it offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. The Kid Lit IMWAYR was co-created by Kellee & Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Coping with Creative Arts” by Rebecca Weber, Author of The Painter’s Butterfly

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Kellee

It’s my week off! To learn more about any of these books, click on any title/image to go to the book’s Goodreads page or check out my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I had to see what the hype was all about. I must admit—this book was very well-done. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas fits in the new romantasy genre (fantasy and romance), but it is much lighter on the romance than Fourth Wing. I thought that the fantasy world-building was magnificent, and I really appreciated the intelligence behind some of the plot maneuvers. I am not typically compelled to read second books (and onward) within a series, but I am tempted with this one.

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Ricki

Reading for class SSR: Gone Wolf by Amber McBride

Listening: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Reading for book club: Solito by Javier Zamora

Reading with my 7yo: Tyrannosaurus Wrecks by Stuart Gibbs

Reading with my 10yo: Holes by Louis Sachar

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Tuesday: Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “The Importance of Muslim Characters in Children’s Books: Fostering Inclusivity and Combating Misconceptions” by Rahma Rodaah, Author of Dear Muslim Child

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 2/12/24

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
For readers of all ages

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop we host which focuses on sharing what we’re reading. This Kid Lit version of IMWAYR focuses primarily on books marketed for kids and teens, but books for readers of all ages are shared. We love this community and how it offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. The Kid Lit IMWAYR was co-created by Kellee & Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Educators’ Guide for The Puppets of Spelhorst by Kate DiCamillo

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Kellee

Middle Grade

   

  • Iveliz Explains is All by Andrea Beatriz Arango: A beautifully written book about Iveliz learning how to stand up for how she feels and the help she needs. Written in verse, the book gets to the heart of advocacy.
  • Drawing Deena by Hena Khan: I reviewed this a couple of weeks ago!
  • Anzu and the Realm of Darkness by Mai K. Nguyen: This new fantastical graphic novel reminds me of a Miyazaki film–full of magic, adventure, and a bit of weirdness. It was a wonderful read, and I cannot wait to share it with my students!
  • Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson: I look forward to reviewing this next week.
  • The Probability of Everything by Sarah Everett: This book. WOW! It is about the end of the world. The apocalypse. But unlike any book I’ve ever read and any you have either. Just read it.

  • Nightshade and Nightshade Revenge by Anthony Horowitz: These are the last two Alex Rider books that have come out (#13 & #14). This series is about a teen spy (now 16 though was 14 when the series started) and each book takes you on such an adventure! These last two are no exception–I couldn’t put them down! (I am worried that #14 is the last one though…….. 😢)

Young Adult

 

  • The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson: Oh man. This book is genius. Jackson did a fantastic job of revamping Stephen King’s Carrie, but she “ramps up the horror and tackles America’s history and legacy of racism in this suspenseful YA novel.” I can definitely see why it got the praise it did and is on the Florida Teen Reads list.
  • Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon: This book made me laugh, made my heart sing, made me cry, and made me not want to stop reading. I couldn’t ask for any more in a romance book. Nicola Yoon knows what she is doing.
  • The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky: What happens when a prank club gets pranked themselves? This book is full of chaos and twists and turns throughout. I did not see the end coming at all!
  • You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight by Kalynn Bayron: Whoa! This was definitely more horror than I was prepared for and had quite an odd twist that I didn’t see coming. I still am not sure how I feel about it, but I know that it was way more twisted than I saw coming!
  • They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman: This thriller is more than meets the eye. It seems to be about a serial killer who has returned, but it is about so much more. The teens are quite complex and the extra element of the sister rivals with anger issues makes it so the mystery isn’t resolved until the end of the book.

Picture Books

  • Rumi: Poet of Joy and Love by Rashin Kheiriyeh: This picture book is a narrative biography of Persian poet Rumi that definitely honors his story and his words. His wisdom and timelessness radiate off the page and are beautifully decorated with Rashin Kheiriyeh’s art that adds to the enchantment.
  • The Artivist by Nikkolas Smith: I saw Nikkolas Smith speak at our Florida Library Conference in November, and he shared this book with us, and I knew I had to read it because it combined what I think are two of the most important things in the world: Art and Activism, and this book is a call to action for both.
  • Something, Someday by Amanda Gorman, Illustrated by Christian Robinson: Amanda Gorman’s poetry has a flow and rhythm that just makes it so special. Combine that with her beautiful messages of community, togetherness, kindness, and how wonderful this world could be, and reading her work just moves the reader. Then you mix in Christian Robinson’s artwork, which is some of my favorite, and you have a book that is a call to action and a piece of art.
  • My Block Looks Like by Janelle Harper, Illustrated by Frank Morrison: What a wonderful love letter to the character’s block, and with Frank Morrison’s artwork, the book is one that will be fun to read aloud and one that kids will love to read independently. Also, I used to teach a short story (or an excerpt), I believe it was by Walter Dean Myers, that was about listening to your neighborhood, and this picture book reminds me so much of that. I used that story to teach imagery, and I can see this book fitting into that exact same lesson. Kids can hear what the protagonist’s block is like: picture it, hear it, imagine it. Then they can write their own.
  • The Magical Snowflake by Bernette Ford, Illustrated by Erin K. Robinson: What a perfect winter picture book! It captures the love that kids have when snow arrives and all the magic that comes with it. In addition to all of the feels the story and beautiful illustrations bring, the writing is magical also–filled with imagery and figurative language all that bring the book to life.

Classic

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: I own an original copy of The Old Man and the Sea that was printed in LIFE magazine, and Trent asked me what it was, so we decided to listen to it together.

To learn more about any of these books, click on any title/image to go to the book’s Goodreads page or check out my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

See you next week!

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Kellee

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Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Coping with Creative Arts” by Rebecca Weber, Author of The Painter’s Butterfly

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 2/5/24

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
For readers of all ages

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop we host which focuses on sharing what we’re reading. This Kid Lit version of IMWAYR focuses primarily on books marketed for kids and teens, but books for readers of all ages are shared. We love this community and how it offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. The Kid Lit IMWAYR was co-created by Kellee & Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Drawing Deena by Hena Khan

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Traveling the Globe with the City Spies” by James Ponti, Author of City Spies: Mission Manhattan

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Kellee

It’s my week off! You can learn more about any of the books I’ve been reading by checking out my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

This week, I read The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I absolutely loved this book. It is one that I will always remember. The main character can change past regrets and see where her life would be if she chose differently. The book made me very self-reflective.

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Tuesday: The Puppets of Spelhorst by Kate DiCamillo

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 1/29/24

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
For readers of all ages

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop we host which focuses on sharing what we’re reading. This Kid Lit version of IMWAYR focuses primarily on books marketed for kids and teens, but books for readers of all ages are shared. We love this community and how it offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. The Kid Lit IMWAYR was co-created by Kellee & Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Educators’ Guide for Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont by Nick Brooks

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Kellee

Well… my week did not exactly go as planned. I got to go on an amazing field trip with T on Thursday, but this field trip also came with a predicament: I fell at the fort in St. Augustine and now have a bad high ankle sprain (which means it is the ligament that attaches my ankle to my leg that is sprained and with the pop I felt, we’re pretty sure I partially tore it). That has led to my weekend being full of resting and medication, so I just didn’t get around to doing my It’s Monday post–I am so sorry! I’ll see you in two weeks!

You can learn more about any of the books I’ve been reading by checking out my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

See you next week!

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Tuesday: Drawing Deena by Hena Khan

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Traveling the Globe with the City Spies” by James Ponti, Author of City Spies: Mission Manhattan

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 1/22/24

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
For readers of all ages

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop we host which focuses on sharing what we’re reading. This Kid Lit version of IMWAYR focuses primarily on books marketed for kids and teens, but books for readers of all ages are shared. We love this community and how it offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. The Kid Lit IMWAYR was co-created by Kellee & Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Educator’s Guide to Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle

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Kellee

This is my week off, but I’ll be back next week! To learn more about any of these books, click on any title/image to go to the book’s Goodreads page or check out my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I am so excited to see which books are honored tomorrow in the ALA Youth Media Awards!

Adult

I finished Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride. I really loved this book and find myself recommending it often. The writing is beautiful, and I liked learning a bit more about a moment in history.

Young Adult

I reread Courage to Dream a third time to prepare it for the college and high school students. It stands up to the rereading, and I am still glad we chose this book.

I also read four new picture books, but I am going to record those next time because I can’t remember the titles of two of them, and they are in my office!

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Ricki

  • Reading: Everything We Never Had by Randy Ribay
  • Listening: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

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Tuesday: Educators’ Guide for Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont by Nick Brooks

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 1/15/24

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
For readers of all ages

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop we host which focuses on sharing what we’re reading. This Kid Lit version of IMWAYR focuses primarily on books marketed for kids and teens, but books for readers of all ages are shared. We love this community and how it offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. The Kid Lit IMWAYR was co-created by Kellee & Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Kellee’s 2023 Reading Round Up: Statistics, Favorite Reads, #mustreadin2023 End-of-Year Check In, & 2024 Reading Goals

Sunday: Guest Author Post: “Ways to get Middle-Grade Students Excited About Reading” by Sherry Ellis, Author of Bubba and Squirt’s City of Bones

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Kellee

Middle Grade

 

  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George: I can see why this book was recommended to me! In this book, the castle is not only the setting but also a main character which is unlike any book I’ve ever read. I loved how the author truly made the castle a main character–it is so magical! That, along with the suspenseful story about Celie’s parent’s disappearance and the subsequent coup, makes this book a joy to read!
  • Curveball by Pablo Cartaya, Illustrated by Miguel Díaz Rivas: After Elena hurts her knee, she has to look at what she actually enjoys versus obligations and because of this reflection she finds herself having a truly unexpected summer. Through this fun story, lessons are learned about friendship and imagination and all done in a way that is a quick and fun read with colorful illustrations.
  • Tryouts by Sarah Sax: The second book in the Brinkley Yearbook series once again tells a story about figuring out your place. I loved that this book brought to light the sexism behind girls not being allowed to play baseball and does it while also sharing Al’s story of fitting in.
  • Meesh the Bad Demon: The Secret of the Fang by Michelle Lam: Book two of Meesh the Bad Demon starts right where the first left off and finds Meesh once again needing to help save the world. I am a huge fan of Lam’s whimsical illustrations and her fantastical world is a fun one to revisit.
  • We Are Big Time by Hena Khan, Illustrated by Safiya Zerrougui: This book was one of my favorite reads of 2023 (though it doesn’t come out until 2024). It was written after Hena Khan heard about an all-Muslim girls basketball team and interviewed some of the members. This true story inspired her to bring this book to life, and I am so glad! I loved the characters, the story, and the theme–it is such a well done book.
  • Puzzled: A Memoir About Growing Up with OCD by Pan Cooke: OCD is often used as a joke and is completely misunderstood. I am a big fan of this forthcoming graphic novel because it truly puts what OCD truly is into the spotlight. The figurative use of puzzles throughout is so clever as well–I think many readers will like both the story and learning about Pan’s life.
  • Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans: This book had always been explained to me as a teen secret agent book, but it is so much more than that–it is about teen superhero secret agents! I was enthralled so quickly, and I read book 1, 2, & 3 of this series, and I think I will definitely read more of the series as each book ends on the worst cliffhanger!!

Young Adult

 

  • Flight 171 by Amy Christine Parker: This book was so different than what I thought! I assumed it was going to be a plane crash or hijack or something realistic, but OH MY GOODNESS it is about demons and death and lies and is full of suspense! I couldn’t put it down!
  • The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes: I cannot imagine having to lying about myself all the time. Yamilet is living that lie and although she is sick of it, she doesn’t know how her truth fits into her life. This is the story of her figuring that out.
  • Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud: Simone has always had rules, but it is senior year, and she wants to finally be able to be her own person. Taking on this quest leads to a journey of self-realization filled with drama.
  • Queer Ducks (And Other Animals) by Eliot Schrefer: What a fascinating read! And I loved the format with a mix of informational nonfiction, interviews, and comic; it made the book even more fun to read. Just so well done!
  • They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman: Full of gossip, cattiness, suspense, and mystery! (Although, the more I read about prep schools in YA books, the more I wonder how much is embellished versus how much is truly different at prep schools than public schools.)

To learn more about any of these books, click on any title/image to go to the book’s Goodreads page or check out my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

This is my week off–see you next week!

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Kellee

 

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Tuesday: Educators’ Guide for Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle

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