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IMWAYR: A Little of This, A Little of That – Genres

IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop with kid lit co-hosts Jennifer from Teach Mentor Texts 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 each week.

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I’m trying something different for the weeks before school starts: a little of this, a little of that. I’m reading different genres and discovering new and upcoming books and having FUN reading! THIS is what I want for my students this coming school year. I cannot wait for them to dive into books of their choice that they WANT to read.

I’m reading and re-reading the books in my Book Love Foundation Summer Book Club bag. Up next is Me (Moth) by Amber McBride, which has the most interesting cover, don’t you think? And look at all those stickers!

I read Answers in the Pages by David Levithan and I will definitely introduce this one for Banned Books Week this year. This book hosts three stories, weaved together to tell a larger story about strength, activism, and bravery. Donovan is one main character – his mom has the whole town up in arms about a book that she deems inappropriate. In the meantime, the characters in The Adventurers (the title in question) have their conflicts, while Gideon and Roberto (classmates of Donovan) have their own book project going on at school. It’s fun to see the characters in the book AND the characters in the book’s book (you’ll see!) meld together. Read this! You’ll love another David Levithan book. I promise.

Next up: The upcoming Crash From Outer Space by Candance Fleming (October 4, 2022, by Scholastic Focus). I love Ms. Fleming’s work! My granddaughter is into aliens and UFOs right now, so this is perfect for sharing with her. I’m sure my students are going to love it, too!

I’m trying more fantasy fiction, too. Tangled Up in Nonsense by Merrill Wyatt sounds like a good one! Thank you to the author and McElderry Books for sharing (coming November 29, 2022).

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?


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IMWAYR: July will be here soon! Vacation!

IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop with kid lit co-hosts Jennifer from Teach Mentor Texts 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 each week.

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NetGalley: I’m flying through Jordan J and the Truth About Jordan J by K.A. Holt. I love these kids! Jordan J is a dancer and also is a “divergent” character, which is interesting and needed in stories these days. I can see so many of my students in these characters. I cannot wait to add this book to our library shelves.

Physical Books: I’m starting the Book Love Foundation’s Book Club this week, and the group is reading Textured Teaching: A Framework for Culturally Sustaining Practices by Lorena Escoto Germán first. I’m opening this one up tonight and I’m intrigued.

I know I’ll put everything aside and read Garvey in the Dark by Nikki Grimes tomorrow. I love all her work, but Garvey’s Choice was one of my favorites, and I cannot wait to read about Garvey as the COVID-19 pandemic sends him into lockdown. Thank you for the ARC, Nikki and WordSong! (Publishes 10/25/22 by WordSong)

I have a bunch of other activities and tasks this week, so I want to be realistic with my reading, but July is coming soon, and I have set a goal to read a book a day.

It’s MONDAY! What are YOU reading?


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IMWAYR: Back At It!

IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop with kid lit co-hosts Jennifer from Teach Mentor Texts 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 each week.

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I’m back at it today – with an actual day off – and I’m ready to read again. Here’s this week’s lineup:

Libro.fm: I’ll finish Cookies & Milk by Shawn Amos tonight. I’m rooting for this family who plans to bake (exclusively) chocolate chip cookies in their new shop on Sunset Boulevard. I wish I could visit this place for real. Yum! After finding out some family secrets, Ellis, along with his dad, and Grandma “get it together” to make their dreams come true. I love this story and its background. The cast of characters is a wonderful mix of zany and intelligent humans, and the author is the narrator of this audio version. Two Cookies Up (and two thumbs up!)!

Physical Books: I’m re-reading Consider the Octopus by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Gae Polisner for a project. I’m laughing out loud, even more, this time around! I’ll start Answers in the Pages by David Levithan next. I’m looking forward to this book about book-banning, recommended by another nerdy book friend.

NetGalley: I know, I know! I’m logging on, I promise! I finished Surely Surely Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly. It’s just as good as Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey. I love Marisol and her friends. I didn’t love gym class, either.

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?


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IMWAYR: Playing Catch Up/Summer Reading Time

IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop with kid lit co-hosts Jennifer from Teach Mentor Texts 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 each week.

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It’s Summertime! I’m so happy about being out of school before Memorial Day! That’s never happened to me in my 26 years of teaching, and it probably won’t ever happen again, so I’m celebrating. I hope you’re able to reflect on your school year with sweet memories and reflective thoughts. Don’t even think of planning for next year until you’ve had at least two full days off, okay? Now, it’s time to read.

Libro.fm: I’m playing catch-up this week — I need to finish See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon. When I opened the book, I found that it has smaller print than other titles I’ve read lately and it’s over 400 pages, so I also downloaded it on my Libro.fm account. I can listen and turn pages at the same time. That will help me focus on the story, I’m sure. It’s really good so far.

See You Yesterday (Simon & Schuster, 2022)

I finally opened The Joy of Reading after purchasing the audio (read by Donalyn Miller) because I love my friend’s voice as she reads to me. I’ll probably sit out on the deck in the morning to read this one and I probably won’t stop until the end of the book, so if anyone is expecting me to do anything tomorrow, good luck. (LOL!)

The Joy of Reading (Heinemann, 2022)

Physical Books: This is a great week to celebrate favorite authors, and I’m on a little “Dan Santat” roll right now. He’s been busy publishing books lately. Thanks for the fun, Dan! The Aquanaut (I’ve read twice already) and The Blur (which I recommended for a graduation gift) are fabulous. I’m going to have to re-read a LOT to see what happens with the new choose-your-own-adventure book by Laurel Snyder and Dan Santat called Endlessly Ever After. I love this! “To slip on your coziest (faux) fur coat, turn to page 20. To grab your favorite red cape, turn to page 6.” I cannot wait for our students to see this and create their own twisted fairy tale adventures!

“Santat books”

I won a copy of Worser by Jennifer Ziegler from the publisher and I’m grateful for the gift. This is another must-read middle school novel and I will be needing extra copies of this one for the library. Thank you so much, Holiday House Publishing and Jennifer!

Worser (Holiday House, 2022)

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?


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IMWAYR: Thinking About May

IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop with kid lit co-hosts Jennifer from Teach Mentor Texts 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 each week.

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I’m thinking about May and the end of the school year, and I opened It’s The End of the World and I’m In My Bathing Suit by Justin A. Reynolds. This is great! I wish I could avoid laundry. Eddie Gordon Holloway hates chores, especially laundry. He has a plan. Well, you know how plans work most of the time…

Two picture books I think everyone should read are Evicted! The Struggle For the Right to Vote by Alice Faye Duncan and Charly Palmer and It Fell From the Sky by the Fan Brothers. Evicted is serious – another story I didn’t know (that’s why we NEED TO READ). Black landowners in Fayette County, Tennessee were “free to pick cotton and corn but were barred from casting ballots.” People were evicted because they organized voting registration places and were left to set up Tent City. Finally, in 1965 the Voting Rights Act legally ended voter discrimination. This story is timely! This story is needed! Citizens of this country need to exercise their right to vote! (Read this book! Share with everyone!)

On a lighter note, what the heck IS that colorful object that fell from the sky? The insects don’t know, but Spider wanted them all to agree that he was the owner of this amazing find. It was his web that it landed on. (But was it, really? Hmm…) The Fan Brothers’ signature black-and-white-with-pops-of-color picture book is as amazing as the thing that fell and disrupted the creatures’ lives. Our students loved it!

See You Yesterday published last week, and this week I’ll have time to start reading it. I love Rachel Lynn Solomon’s work, so I’m sure it will be fabulous for my high schoolers.

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?


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IMWAYR: “Ditto” and a “Brand-New” Picture Book

IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop with kid lit co-hosts Jennifer from Teach Mentor Texts 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 each week.

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I’m still reading the stack I gathered last week. The Aquanaut by Dan Santat is a fabulous graphic novel and every student is going to love it! I’ll need more copies in the fall, and I hear there’s more to come from the author. We Can: Portraits of Power by Tyler Gordon is stunning. The way the colors and lines bleed together to form a famous face…Wow! Get a copy of this title to keep!

NetGalley: There’s a brand-new book coming in August (Charlesbridge) called Brand-New Bubbe by Sarah Aronson and illustrated by Ariel Landy that’s wonderful! When a new addition to the family comes to visit, a young girl isn’t so sure about her. “I already HAVE Noni and Gram.” But Bubbe makes the best matzo ball soup. “But my other grandmas make soup, too.” Mom finally introduces a new concept to the child: Family isn’t only blood relatives. You can make up a family of all kinds of people, brought together by love. Preorder this one for Grandparents’ Day.

It’s MONDAY! What are YOU reading?


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IMWAYR: The Two-Week Plan – Thank you, Author Friends!

IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop with kid lit co-hosts Jennifer from Teach Mentor Texts 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 each week.

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Thanks to my author friends and Kathy at Brain Lair Books, I have enough to read for two weeks! My plan is simple: read and enjoy these amazing titles!

The Aquanaut by Dan Santat (Graphix 2022), Radium Girls: The Scary But True Story of the Poison That Made People Glow in the Dark by Kate Moore (Sourcebooks 2020), It’s the End of the World and I’m In My Bathing Suit by Justin A. Reynolds (Scholastic Press 2022), We Can: Portraits of Power by Tyler Gordon (Farrar Straus Giroux Books 2021), and Jump At the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alicia D. Williams and Jacqueline Alcántara (Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2021).

I read Consider the Octopus by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Gae Polisner previously, but I had to read it again for Earth Day. If you haven’t purchased this one yet, make sure to add it to your list. Jeremy and his adventures traveling with Sidney Miller (no, not the famous researcher, but the 12-year-old Sidney) to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will leave you giggling AND wanting to save the ocean wildlife.

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?


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IMWAYR: April Showers Mean More Time to Read

IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop with kid lit co-hosts Jennifer from Teach Mentor Texts 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 each week.

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If April showers bring May flowers, I’d better get a bunch of beautiful flowers for my birthday! At least being stuck inside means more time for reading! There are some amazing books out there in #kidlit right now. Check these out!

Only One, by Deborah Hopkinson and Chuck Groenink

Earth Day is just a week away, and you’ll want this new picture book for the occasion. In Only One, a young person gathers family and friends to teach them about the universe: galaxies, stars, planets, asteroids, comets, and especially our earth. We need to take care of Earth because this is the only one we have.

Things To Look Forward To, by Sophie Blackall

This book publishes tomorrow, and it’s wonderful! Things to Look Forward To is Ms. Blackall’s gift to all of us. When you’re feeling down, just read a page, like “11:11” and “A Cup of Tea.” I’m already sharing this with my daughter, who is looking forward to reading it.

Those Kids From Fawn Creek, by Erin Entrada Kelly

I’ve heard all good things about Those Kids From Fawn Creek and I love Ms. Kelly’s books. I’m starting this one tonight!

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?


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IMWAYR: I’m Loving These Reads!

IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop with kid lit co-hosts Jennifer from Teach Mentor Texts 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 each week.

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I’m loving these reads right now! I’m so lucky to have books to read and share, and friends who I can count on to join me. I’m following the plan I set up and it’s working well here in April. Now that spring break is over, I’ll need to keep it up. Will I? We shall see!

Picture Books are Perfect for Middle Schoolers! I’ve been talking about reading picture books in middle school for a long time now, and I still believe that sharing these gorgeous books helps even older students learn and grow. I read these last week, thanks to the generosity of Publisher Spotlight…

And…by Philippe Jalbert
Quizás by Chris Haughton
Smile With African Style by Mylo Freeman
Yoga Adventure! by Stevens and Alejandro

Middle Grade Wonders! This week I’ll start reading Those Kids From Fawn Creek by Newbery-Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly. I cannot wait to dive into this middle-grade novel about a new student at Fawn Creek — who moves to Fawn Creek, anyway? I’ll find out! Will this be another title for Newbery?

Those Kids From Fawn Creek by Erin Entrada Kelly

Yes, I’m STILL listening to Meet Me In the Margins on Libro.fm. It’s a good audiobook and the narrator is entertaining. I want to find a way to listen more often than just driving back and forth to and from work. Audiobooks are still hard for me to find time to read.

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?