It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/8/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. 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.

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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Thursday: Warrior Princess: The Story of Khutulun by Sally Deng

Saturday: Guest Review: Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, Illustrated by Laura Freeman

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Mary Batten, Author of Life in Hot Water: Wildlife at the Bottom of the Ocean

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Kellee

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer  De Leon We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

  • Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon: I really, really, really liked this book, and I don’t see why there hasn’t been more hype around it. I loved the characters, the story, the evolution, and definitely the theme. Beautifully written with real representation.
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: I can see why this book is so popular–the characters are pretentious yet interesting enough that you are intrigued and you have to figure out the truth behind all of the terrible. I know lots of people said they figured it out; I didn’t, so the reveal worked for me. I look forward to reading the prequel.
  • Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart: This one was harder for me to get into. It reminded me of Memento the movie in that you never knew what was true and what wasn’t and the sequence just wasn’t right. This one didn’t work for me as well, but I am glad I read it!

The Nerdy Dozen by Jeff     Miller The Million Dollar Race by Matthew Ross Smith Fenris & Mott by Greg Van Eekhout

  • The Nerdy Dozen by Jeff Miller: I can see why students like this book–it is full of action and keeps you on the edge of your seat!
  • The Million Dollar Race by Matthew Ross Smith: I ended up really liking this book! It is just written really well, and I loved the characters–you just cannot help but rooting for them all!
  • Fenris & Mott by Greg Van Eekhout: This is a newly released book that all of my elementary and middle school educators will want to get for their classroom or library! Van Eekhout takes the reader on a heart-stopping adventure full of Norse mythology, including the potential for the mythological pup, Fenris, to eat the entire world. Mott is a character that readers will connect with and the friendships found within the pages are unique and heartwarming. I cannot wait to share this book with students!

Your Lie in April, Vol. 1 by Naoshi Arakawa Penguin & House, Vol. 1 by Akiho Ieda

  • Your Lie in April Vol. 1 by Naoshi Arakawa: Always looking for new manga for my library, and this is one a friend recommended. It is a slice of life story that has a sad premise but also has hope. I have a feeling it gets sadder as the series goes along though…
  • Penguin & House Vol. 1 by Akiho Ieda: YAY! An all ages manga! I am so happy my friend Shannon is as into finding mangas for the school library as I am. This one is just so silly and charming–I mean it is a brilliant penguin and a blockhead guy in silly antics!

By the Book by Jasmine Guillory Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley

  • By the Book by Jasmine Guillory: I loved this Beauty and the Beast retelling with an editorial assistant and a past-prime bad boy who is supposed to be writing a memoir. Kept the essence of the fairy tale but got rid of all the cringe parts.
  • Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid: This book was fascinating! I don’t want to tell you too much about it, but I highly recommend it for contemporary adult fiction fans.
  • People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry: Although I still liked this fun rom com, it was my least favorite of Emily Henry’s. It dragged at the beginning for me, and I just didn’t connect with the characters as much. However, I have seen people saying this is their favorite, so you never know.
  • The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley: Two “enemies” who used to write books come together to write the final book of their contract while fighting all sorts of tension?! Yes please!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

It is Kellee’s week to share a long IMWAYR post, and she’s taking next week, too; I will update you all on my reading in a couple of weeks!

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Kellee

Delirium (Delirium, #1) Hooky The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1) Stella

Reading: Delirium by Lauren Oliver & Hooky by Míriam Bonastre Tur

Listening to: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart & Stella by McCall Hoyle

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Tuesday: Student Voices: Insights from Karina D., Emma Y., Nour B., Maria F., Bianca C., and Anabella S.

Thursday: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Astronuts by Jon Sciezska, El Deafo by Cece Bell, Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani, One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale, and Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm

Saturday: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Stargazing by Jen Wang, The Party by Sergio Ruzzier, Twins by Varian Johnson, and When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Dianne White, Author of Look and Listen

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/1/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. 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.

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: Student Voices: Recommendations by Anna Liz R., Brielle P., Ava G., Chase S., and Silvia S.

Thursday: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott, Magnificent Makers: How to Test a Friendship by Theanne Griffith, Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers, and Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Saturday: Guest Review: The Bad Seed by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Kerry L. Malawista, Author of Meet the Moon

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Kellee

Hi! I am unexpectedly out this week, so Ricki is covering for me! As always, you can learn more about what I’ve been reading by checking out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

The Coquíes Still Sing by Karina Nicole González is a picture book about the rebuilding of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. It offers readers a window into the devastation of the hurricane and shares the power of community and togetherness.

Warrior Princess: The Story of Khutulun by Sally Deng is a creative nonfiction text that shares what we know about the life of Khutulun, great-great granddaughter of Genghis Khan. I absolutely loved this book, and I am going to review it in full this Thursday!

I read the middle grade graphic novel Sunny the Shark by Remy Lai with my sons. They loved it, and we read the book in one sitting. It teaches kids about the whitetip shark, pilot fish, and water pollution. It’s laugh out loud funny, and we loved it.

My sons and I read Ride On by Faith Erin Hicks. This is a middle grade graphic novel that I think would also be appreciated by young adult readers (and adult readers, of course!). It reminds readers of the great emotions that come with friendship—falling out with friends, meeting new friends. This was the book I needed in middle school.

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Ricki

I am reading Ibi Zoboi’s (edited collection) Black Enough. I’ve read three of the stories so far, and they were all fantastic!

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Thursday: Warrior Princess: The Story of Khutulun by Sally Deng

Saturday: Guest Review: Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, Illustrated by Laura Freeman

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Mary Batten, Author of Life in Hot Water: Wildlife at the Bottom of the Ocean

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/25/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. 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.

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:  Student Voices: Thoughts on Characters from Ana T., Katie S., Eva S., and Gabriela C.

Thursday:  Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen, Maya and the Robot by Eve Ewing, and The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles

Saturday:  Guest Review: There’s Only One You by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, Illustrated by Rosie Butcher

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Kellee

Hi!! It is Ricki’s week for a long post, so I’ll update next week 🙂 But as always, you can learn more about what I’ve been reading by checking out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I finished Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hogan. It is a powerful book, and I loved the discussion it offered for intersectionality. I also appreciated the book’s interrogation of body image and body weight and critiques of feminism. I highly recommend this one.

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Ricki

I haven’t decided what my next book will be. I am thinking I will read Parachutes by Kelly Yang. A friend recommended it. 🙂

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Tuesday: Student Voices: Recommendations by Anna Liz R., Brielle P., Ava G., Chase S., and Silvia S.

Thursday: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott, Magnificent Makers: How to Test a Friendship by Theanne Griffith, Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers, and Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Saturday: Guest Review: The Bad Seed by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Kerry L. Malawista, Author of Meet the Moon

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/18/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. 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.

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: Student Voices: Favorite Reads from Derrick T., Gavin Z., Kyan V., Leticia R., and Reed R.

Thursday: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell; Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o; The Crown by Derrick Barnes; The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson; Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds; and You Matter by Christian Robinson

Saturday: Guest Review: Why? by Nikolai Popov

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Kellee

Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy Hunter x Hunter, Vol. 01 by Yoshihiro Togashi Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

  • Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy: I love this webcomic turned graphic novel, and it is so funny–Huda’s humor is ON POINT. My past student, Basma, who shared how important books with Muslim representation are to her as a Muslim woman here on Unleashing Readers, stated on her review, “This book is a fantastic story of figuring out who you are and how you fit into the world. From a representation standpoint, it’s exactly what I was looking for. To be seen, not only as a Muslim woman, but as a someone who’s struggled with their identity and where they fit.”
  • Hunter X Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi: This manga was given to me by a past student because it is their favorite anime, and I can see why! Gon is amazing and the supporting characters are characters. I can definitely see why this story is loved.
  • Almost American Girl by Robin Ha: This was an intense and beautiful graphic memoir that is just so easy to connect with and is accessible. It is such an important story for kids to see themselves in or learn about others with similar stories to Robin.

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez Return Fire by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

  • The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen: The beautiful way the author weaves Tíên’s story and fairy tales is just breathtaking; the inclusion of the fairy tales really moved along Tíên’s story in a way I hadn’t seen in a book before. Oh, and the art is GORGEOUS!
  • Moving Target and Return Fire by Christina Diaz Gonzalez: I am so excited that Christina Diaz Gonzalez is going to be our author for this upcoming school year, so I am working on reading all of her books (I already LOVED Invisible and Concealed). This series is one that it going to be an easy sell to students because it has so much adventure, action, and mystery! I can’t wait to book talk it! I think fans of Spy School, Alex Rider, and City Spies are going to definitely want to dive head first into this duology.

I'm Worried by Michael Ian Black Who's Like Me? by Nicola Davies It's Not the Three Little Pigs by Josh Funk Unicorn Christmas by Diana  Murray

Trent and I have been adding back in bedtime reading in addition to our 20 minute family reading time, and here are the books that he chose to read this last week:

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise  Williams The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park Beach Read by Emily Henry

I went on a big rom com read-a-thon, and I LOVED it! They are such a pleasure to read!

  • Finished The Wedding Date series (The Proposal, The Wedding Party, Royal Holiday, Party of Two, and While We Were Dating) by Jasmine Guillory: I loved loved loved this series! As you can see, I devoured it! Does it have tropes, yes, but each story is also unique, funny, romantic, and everything! I even made a character map between the books to look at all of the connections:

    The books seem to be all stand alone, but they are really companions that should be read in order because you can get spoilers of some of the books if you read them in the wrong order. I definitely had a favorite and a least favorite, but I think it’ll all really depend on the reader. I am a huge fan of the inclusion in this series though; it makes me so happy!
  • The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams: This body positive rom com has one of my favorite protagonists: she has a great family, has a rockin’ job, and has so much confidence. I love it!
  • The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren: This is a pretty unique premise and includes a lot of statistics, but in the end it is just a devourable rom com!
  • So We Meet You Again by Suzanne Park: This rom com looks at identity, societal expectations, living as a first generation American, and still has all the fun rom com aspect!
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry: Other than The Wedding Date series, Emily Henry has written the two favorite rom coms I’ve read: Book Lovers and this one. I will say, I do not like the title of this one because it sets you up for something that the book was definitely not, but what it is is so good! I love that Emily Henry mixes in book love into her lover books 🙂

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

This is Kellee’s week to write the long IMWAYR post, so I’ll be back next week.

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Kellee

Some of the books I read this week were on my #MustReadin2022 list, so I was able to check some more off! This upcoming week, I am trying to read some more of my of them though I also have some more rom coms that I want to read! We’ll see what I feel like 🙂

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Tuesday:  Student Voices: Thoughts on Characters from Ana T., Katie S., Eva S., and Gabriela C.

Thursday:  Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen, Maya and the Robot by Eve Ewing, and The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles

Saturday:  Guest Review: There’s Only One You by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, Illustrated by Rosie Butcher

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/11/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. 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.

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:  Student Voices: A Look at Representation and Reading from Kanak S., Naomi G., and Jaz P.

Thursday:  Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris, Bunheads by Misty Copeland, I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, I’m Worried by Michael Ian Black, and Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

Saturday: Guest Review: Magyk by Angie Sage

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Kellee

It is my week off of posting a longer review, but, as always, you can check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

It is unclear if I will make it back in time from camping to do this post. If you are seeing this, I arrived too late, and I didn’t get my updates up. But I promise I read in the tent!

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Tuesday: Student Voices: Favorite Reads from Derrick T., Gavin Z., Kyan V., Leticia R., and Reed R.

Thursday: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell; Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o; The Crown by Derrick Barnes; The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson; Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds; and You Matter by Christian Robinson

Saturday: Guest Review: Why? by Nikolai Popov

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/4/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. 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.

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: Review & Giveaway!: Pink is Not a Color by Lindsay Ward
**Make sure not to miss this giveaway!!**

Thursday: Pigeon & Cat by Edward Hemingway

Saturday: Guest Review: The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright, illustrated by Chris Chatterton

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Kellee

Here is what I’ve read over the last two weeks:

Merci Suárez Plays It Cool by Meg Medina Paws by Nathan Fairbairn

  • Merci Suárez Plays it Cool by Meg Medina: This finale for Merci is perfect. Just such a solid ending to Merci’s middle school years; however, I must warn you that there is tears! I was lucky enough to write the discussion guide for this book, and I cannot wait to share it.
  • Paws: Gabby Gets it Together by Nathan Fairbairn, illustrated by Michele Assarasakorn: Trent read this graphic novel, and as soon as he was done, he said I had to read it so we could talk about it; I am glad I did because this is a series that my middle school students are going to love as well. Gabby and her friends are starting a dog walking business, but it is hard enough to be a kid and a friend, much less run a business!

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia

  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren: I just enjoy reading rom coms so much and these were just as much fun as I’d hoped (although like all rom coms, there was definitely some drama too, but mostly fun!). I already picked up the rest of The Wedding Date series and more by Christina Lauren.
  • A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia: This book took me a week to read because it was so real. Williams-Garcia dove deep into the history of Le Petit Cottage and all that are bound to the plantation. The summary says “tour de force” because this book is epic. It is tome that you must be ready to tackle because nothing is held back. Also, make sure to stay for all of the back matter. (P.S. This book is considered YA; however, it is definitely OLDER YA and adult, so keep that in mind when curating for students.)

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

This is my week off for a longer update; see you next week!

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Kellee

I am on a rom com kick, so we’ll see what I tackle over these next two weeks!

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Tuesday:  Student Voices: A Look at Representation and Reading from Kanak S., Naomi G., and Jaz P.

Thursday:  Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris, Bunheads by Misty Copeland, I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, I’m Worried by Michael Ian Black, and Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

Saturday: Guest Review: Magyk by Angie Sage

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 6/27/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. 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.

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: Odd Birds: Meet Nature’s Weirdest Flock by Laura Gehl, Illustrated by Gareth Lucas

Thursday: Hope Wins: A Collection of Inspiring Stories for Young Readers edited by Rose Brock

Saturday: Guest Post: Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

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Kellee

As always, you can see what I am reading by checking out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads. I’ll be back next week for a long update 🙂

Ricki

I was absolutely blown away by this book. It is an absolutely gut-wrenching story, and it parallels the stories that many children in our country would tell. In this story, ICE comes to take 16-year-old Mateo and 7-year-old Sophie’s mom and dad. They’ve lived in the country for decades, and they are put in a detention center. If you haven’t read this book, I recommend it highly. Every time I put the book down, I couldn’t stop thinking about Mateo and Sophie.

In this Frankenstein-inspired YA graphic novel, M is for Monster by Talia Dutton, a scientist tries to bring her sister back to life. What she brings back looks like her sister but is an entirely different person inside. As a side note, I liked how this book (similar to the book above) had LGBTQ+ characters but didn’t primarily focus on the fact that the characters were LGBTQ+.

My youngest son picked out Glad, Glad Bear! by Kimberly Gee from the library. In this picture book, it’s Bear’s first dance class, and he is so nervous! He puts on his leggings and tutu but feels shy. When the music starts, he remembers why he is there and ready to dance!

This is one of the best picture books I’ve read about depression. In A Blue Kind of Day by Rachel Tomlinson, Coen is not having a good day. His family tries hard to help him emotionally, but nothing seems to help. They realize that they must be patient. I really liked how realistic this book was, and it allowed me to talk with my children about depression in a frank way that was understandable for them.

In Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, four Mahu travel with gifts of healing and science and sail from Tahiti to Hawaii. This is a stunning, powerful picture book about honoring our ancestors.

My 5-year-old son loved Don’t Worry, Murray by David Ezra Stein. It was perfect for him because he is also a worrier! Murray is afraid of trying new things because he worries about them. But he learns that he has to work on his worries if he wants to go on adventures.

The World Belonged to Us is Jacqueline Woodson’s newest text, and just like her others, it is masterful. Every teacher is going to want to read this on the last day of school! I love how it captures the wonder of childhood and beauty of Brooklyn.

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Ricki

I am listening to Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan next!

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Tuesday: Review & Giveaway!: Pink is Not a Color by Lindsay Ward

Thursday: Pigeon & Cat by Edward Hemingway

Saturday: Guest Review: The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright, illustrated by Chris Chatterton

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