IMWAYR: Book Mail!

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The book mail I received today is FIRE! Thank you Elly Swartz and Paula Chase for the wonderful gifts, which will go to students soon. I can’t wait to show them these awesome titles!

I will finish listening to Charming as a Verb tonight. It’s such a good book! (No spoilers here!) Then tomorrow on my commute I’ll start The Trial of the Chicago 7 on Libro.fm. Look at all those narrators — an all-star line-up! I’m looking forward to this one. (The movie is on Netflix, but I’ll wait for that until after the book.)

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

IMWAYR: Indigenous Peoples Day and Fall Break

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Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! Three of my favorites from the past are We Are Grateful/Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day, and Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard. There are many more, but I couldn’t read them all in one day.

This fall break, I’m taking it easy. I need to relax! Deborah Hopkinson’s novel, We Must Not Forget, comes out in 2021, but I’m lucky enough to get a sneak peek now. Thank you, on behalf of the #booksojourn readers.

I’m listening to Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe on Libro.fm. About 1/3 of the way through and I’m loving it. It’s light-hearted and funny — just what I need for this break.

It’s MONDAY! What are YOU reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop with kidlit co-hosts Jennifer (at www.teachmentortexts.com) and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers. 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.

It’s a great way to share what you’re reading and get recommendations from others. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

IMWAYR: Book Birthdays for Three!

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It was my first day back in the school building, and I’m exhausted! I wanted to say, “Happy Book Birthday!” to Kwame Alexander, Jerry Craft, and Kwame Mbalia before I dropped for the night.

Look for more information about these amazing books and authors soon!

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

Banned Books Week Focus: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

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Raina is one of my favorite graphic novelists. Here’s Mike Jung, sharing his thoughts about Raina.

Banned Books Week Focus: And Tango Makes Three

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One of the most challenged texts that I’ve encountered in the years I’ve been teaching is this picture book, And Tango Makes Three. I had one student ask me, “Why is this banned? It’s about PENGUINS!” I love my open-minded students!

IMWAYR: Nonfiction and Banned Books Week

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There’s so much to read right now! Last week, I read a bunch of nonfiction picture books — I just LOVE picture books! I’m also celebrating Banned Books Week — Look for my “Banned Books Focus” posts this week.

I’m still reading Turning Point by Paula Chase (so good!) and I need to get to Vanderbeekers: Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser next!

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, so I’m continuing to seek out those titles. Next up is Letters From Cuba by Ruth Behar (author of Lucky Broken Girl).

I’ve read some nonfiction books to pass along to my granddaughter when I see her. Voting, remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and studying climate change are topics of interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Banned Books Week! Keep reading whatever you want to read, no matter the content, and don’t let anyone stop you. Censorship of any kind is wrong, and I’m happy to celebrate all reading this week.

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop with kidlit co-hosts Jennifer (at www.teachmentortexts.com) and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers. 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.

It’s a great way to share what you’re reading and get recommendations from others. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

It’s Banned Books Week 2020! Keep reading!

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This is one of my favorite reading weeks of the year – Banned Books Week!

Exercise your right to read! Anything you want! Wherever you want! Whenever you want!

For more information, watch the http://www.ala.org video for Banned Books Week 2020.

IMWAYR: Hispanic Heritage Month

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I fell behind again in my reading life. There’s school, committee meetings, virtual events, and camping to do before I go back to in-person school, so my own reading took a back seat last week.

I finished My Life in the Fish Tank by Barbara Dee. Such a good family story! Look for my review this week. I’m still reading Turning Point by Paula Chase and Vanderbeekers: Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser this week.

I also need to get back to my Net Galley reading. I was approved to read This is How We Fly by Anna Meriano, but I haven’t started it yet.

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, which is exciting because many of my favorite authors have awesome books out there that we need to promote right now. Here’s a tiny glimpse of my school’s selection (books I’ve read recently):

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop with kidlit co-hosts Jennifer (at www.teachmentortexts.com) and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers. 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.

It’s a great way to share what you’re reading and get recommendations from others. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Updated Book Lists

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Dear Reader Friends,

I finally had a chance to play around with my Bookshop.org lists today, updating my book list for “Picture Books are Perfect for Writing Workshop” to reflect current books I used for my #ISLA20 presentation last weekend.

I also loaded a list called “My Favorite Memoirs/True Stories.” I think you should read all the books on that list; it’s a good one (my opinion, of course).

If you’re looking for a good book to read next, check out my lists. Happy Reading!

Jennifer

https://bookshop.org/shop/readingteacherwrites

 

IMWAYR: Looking Forward To This Week’s Reading

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After a long day, I had a grand opportunity to see Paula Chase, in conversation with Renee Watson, thanks to Brain Lair Books virtual events! Thank you, Kathy Burnette, for hosting a fabulous chat! There are many new books coming out this week, and I want to read them all! I’ll start with…

Turning Point by Paula Chase

My Life in the Fish Tank by Barbara Dee

Vanderbeekers: Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser

I also need to get back to my Net Galley reading. I was just approved to read This is How We Fly by Anna Meriano.

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop with kidlit co-hosts Jennifer (at www.teachmentortexts.com) and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers. 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.

It’s a great way to share what you’re reading and get recommendations from others. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

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