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IMWAYR: It’s Monday! What are you Reading?


I’d like to try this ritual. Each week, on Monday, people share what they are reading with the world through social media. The best part of my daily routine is sharing my love of reading and of memorable texts. I picked this up (and got my lifting workout done — this book is heavy!) at our school’s Scholastic Book Fair.

HPandSS2015illustratedThis is the new, illustrated, version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling, and illustrated by Jim Kay. I read the original book years ago. I loved the story of Harry and his quest to find out where he came from, who he really is, and why he is special.

This book is gorgeous! I played with the red ribbon bookmark while I checked out at the cashier, and I continue to run my hand over the cover even now; it’s just stunning! The owl, Harry gazing up, the smoke from the train, the red and black contrasting colors, the raised gold font of the title letters…just amazing! The inside pages are just as lovely.




And yes, Mr. Schu (librarian-extraordinaire from Illinois), I smelled it, and it smells as delicious as the sweet treats from the tea trolley on the Hogwarts Express.



If you’ve never read Harry Potter before, you might consider starting here. This book’s beautiful sights will reign you in and keep you under their spell from beginning to end.


Author: Jennifer Sniadecki

I write about literacy education and my love for reading and writing. My passion is sharing titles I use for school libraries, classroom collaborations, and professional development. My goal is to collaborate, research, and share with other life-long literacy learners. Welcome to my blog!

2 thoughts on “IMWAYR: It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

  1. Haha! I bet the smell was simply magical!

  2. You make me wonder if this, instead of the original text, will be the first introduction to Harry Potter? I didn’t know about it, thanks, Jennifer. You also might want to link up on the meme with Teach Mentor Text or Unleashing Readers.

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