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IMWAYR: Book Birthdays

The last couple of weeks have been amazing “book birthday” celebrations of excellent children’s and teen’s literature. I have my TBR list growing so fast, there’s no way I’ll get all the titles read by the end of 2021. Here’s the plan for THIS week:

NetGalley: I will finish The Vanderbeekers: Make A Wish for its book birthday tomorrow. Thank you for another great story, Karina Yan Glaser! Every time I finish a Vanderbeekers story, I long for a new one.

Libro.fm: I’m not going anywhere this week, but I hope to finish Chlorine Sky while driving to and from work. I love this one so far, but I haven’t really paid attention to it. I need to listen better (story of my life!).

Physical Books: This title got held over and will now be published in October instead of September, but I can’t wait to own a copy of Violets Are Blue by Barbara Dee. Barbara is a master of middle school stories – I love everything she writes! This one is going to be a must-read for my middle school theater and art students. I know I’ll have multiple copies available in the library.

It’s Monday, What are YOU reading?

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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IMWAYR: So Many Books!

I have a huge TBR pile again, and the last three weeks have been crazy for book birthdays (that’s “Tuesdays” to most people) — I cannot keep up! Here are some books I’m looking forward to this week:

Physical Books: I read Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes again because it’s part of our “characters” reads in middle school. I always love it, and I’m waiting to buy Paradise on Fire, which comes out tomorrow. Jewell’s stories always stay with me.

Libro.fm: Okay, I’m behind, but I haven’t driven much lately, so there’s no time to listen. I’m starting Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne next because it’s only 2 hours, so I can finish it in one trip to my mom’s house.

NetGalley: Getting to my home computer is difficult lately, but I have a bunch of downloads now that I need to get through. I’m ready for The Vanderbeekers Make a Wish by Karina Yan Glaser this week.

It’s Monday, What are YOU reading?

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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IMWAYR: Keeping It Real

The title of my newest read is Keeping It Real by Paula Chase, and I feel like “keeping it real” is a good phrase for my life right now. I’m not really reading much of anything today, but I’ll catch up later in the week. What a Monday! Back-to-School is no joke. (Greenwillow Books publishes Keeping It Real on October 19, 2021. We can’t wait!)

It’s Monday, What are YOU reading?

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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IMWAYR: A New Title From a Favorite Author

Physical Books: Brian Selznick is back! Have you heard? Kaleidoscope publishes on September 21st and people are looking forward to this one! I love that my bookseller friend, Kathy, shares ARCs with me, and this is an interesting hand-off. This is a collection of short stories with two main characters who connect through travels, dreams, and strange places. I can’t tell you much without giving it away, but its 200+ pages will leave you thinking, that’s for sure. I’m sure my middle school and high school teacher friends will use the stories in classrooms around the globe.

I’m STILL reading The Firekeeper’s Daughter because I’m interrupted constantly with school work now. I still recommend this title to anyone who is interested.

Libro.fm: I’m going to listen to The Plot next. I put it off before, but now I’ll be driving more miles in the next few weeks, so time is on my side for once.

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

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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IMWAYR: “Prep For School” Time

It’s “Prep For School” time! I’m excited to go back to work. I’m also nervous and I’m not ready to go back. Summer break is not what it used to be, that’s for sure. Since I’m organizing and attending professional development sessions this week, I won’t have much time to read.

I’ll keep reading Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley. It’s sooo good so far! I highly recommend this for upper middle school and high school (and adults).

I still have a stack of picture books I received from Publisher’s Spotlight (Thank you!) to read and these look promising! As I head into the school year, I’ll be sure to use them with my middle schoolers and staff in our “Picture Books are Perfect For Middle School” sessions.

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

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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IMWAYR: One More Week of “Independent Reading”

This is my last week of true “independent reading” time, so I’m making the most of my minutes. I’ve been thinking about what “independent reading” means to me — stay tuned on www.readingteacherwrites.org for more writing about this topic as we head into the school year.

NetGalley: I’m trying. Really! I have several titles to read before school starts. The Ghoul of Windydown Vale by Jake Burt is going to be a HIT with my middle schoolers! Compare to R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series books. I loved the plot twists here. It’s creepy, and students love creepy!

Libro.fm: I’m so glad I went back to listen to The Barren Grounds on audio. Brefny Caribou-Curtin narrates David A. Robertson’s first book in The Misewa Saga with such VOICE — I fell in love with the main characters, Morgan and Eli, all over again.

Physical Books: I finished It Doesn’t Take a Genius (finally) by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and I loved how Emmett and Luke’s summer ended up. What a great summer camp story! I also read the funny and light (is murder light?) Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto. I will start The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley tonight. The book’s thickness is intimidating, I have to say, but I think that’s just my middle school brain talking. I must begin!

“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” 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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IMWAYR: Various Titles

Last week provided hours of fun, relaxation, and reading time. Our family was able to celebrate July Fourth together and the 4-H Fair was a bright spot for us – we celebrated my granddaughter’s various ribbons! She’s growing so fast! I read various titles last week, too: poetry, short stories, and a new PD text that I know will be useful in the fall. It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

Poetry: Bridge the Distance – a collaboration of teacher-writers sharing an oral history of COVID-19 in poems. I was happy to celebrate this book along with many friends who submitted works for this project. Collected by Dr. Sarah J. Donovan, this publication was made possible by the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program and the Oklahoma State University Library. Thanks for writing, friends! I can only imagine what future generations will learn when they read these poems.

Physical Book: I’m still reading and enjoying Blackout by the fabulous women who show us that “even love stories can glow when the lights go.”

PD: A Teacher’s Guide to Mentor Texts by Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell is a must-read resource for middle school and high school teachers. I’m going to share this “classroom essential” from Heinemann as soon as I get back into the school building.

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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IMWAYR: Summer Time!

It’s (finally) summer time! With all the rain we have had this week, I’ve been able to read while I’m not resting my eyes. There are some excellent books out there! Check them out.

On Libro.Fm: The Barren Grounds by David A Robertson

On NetGalley.com: The Ghoul of Windydown Vale by Jake Burt

Physical Books: Stamped for Kids adapted by Sonja Cherry-Paul and Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon

I’m about ready to break into a new stack of picture books, as well. More on those later…

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

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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IMWAYR: Trying to Get Back in the Game

I’m trying to get back in the game…the READING game. I haven’t had a lot of time to read lately, but today I picked up some books and started to read. Now I’m looking forward to more!

Picture Books are Perfect! You know me. I read The Lost Package by Richard Ho and Jessica Lanan and Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper today. Both of these books are barcoded and ready for students to read tomorrow.

I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t read the latest Newbery Medal winner, When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller. I don’t know why I haven’t read it. No excuses. I picked it up with the intention to talk about it this Friday for First Chapter Friday.

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

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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IMWAYR: Back-to-Work Week

It’s back-to-work week and back to reading some excellent MG titles so I can share with my students. Last week I finished Fadeaway by E.B. Vickers, which was excellent! I can’t wait for my students (and staff) to experience the drama and suspense of this gripping realistic story of Jake, the star basketball player with a dangerous secret.

Libro.fm: This week I will continue listening to Land of the Cranes and The Plot, since I’ll be in the car again each day.

NetGalley: I started Thanks a Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas today. I think this one will be a hit at school.

Physical Books: I am so lucky to be a reading nerd! My friend, Beth, shared a special title with me, and I’m so excited to start reading It Doesn’t Take a Genius by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich! In other book mail news, a giveaway I won came on Saturday. Thank you B.B. Alston! I’m happy to share our signed copy of Amari and the Night Brothers with others.

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

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.