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IMWAYR: Let’s Be Realistic

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 spring break, yet I’m home and I’m cold. Will it ever stop raining and snowing? What can I do? I can READ! I want to read EVERYTHING to celebrate National School Libraries Week, but I must be realistic. Here’s my actual plan…

  1. Read about libraries and librarians: I have several titles in mind to discover or read again. Today I read My Librarian is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs (Boyds Mills Press, 2005) and Leilong the Library Bus by Julia Liu and Bei Lynn (Gecko Press , 2021 — thank you to Tracy at Publisher Spotlight for the gift of reading).
  2. Listen to Libro.fm: I must finish Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson (narrated by Talon David). It’s goofy and light-hearted and if I can get everything else to stop for about an hour, I would meet the ending to this delightful ebook.
  3. Read ARCs (early reads): I am LOVING the upcoming 2022 titles that I have on my desk. I finished A Perfect Mistake by Melanie Conklin (Little, Brown and Company, due July 2022), which was perfect and I cannot wait to add it to our school libraries this fall. I loved Max and his imperfect ADHD life and how he struggles and grows throughout the story. (Teachers and librarians: pre-order this one now. You’re going to want this on your shelves.)

I also read The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat, which is a fantasy that left me wondering about destinies and dreams. Another wonderful read by Christina! This book publishes on April 12th (Candlewick Press, 2022). Sail away to your local indie bookstore and grab this one.

4) Learning about Climate Change and Weather: I have Discovering El Nino: How Fable and Fact Together Help Explain the Weather by Patricia Seibert and Jan Davey Ellis (Millbrook Press, 1999), which is a factual account of how fishermen in Peru and scientists discovered the warmer currents in the seas and named them. Then later, Sir Gilbert Walker, a scientist from Great Britain studying monsoons in India, noticed that weather around the world is all connected. I recommend this one for ages 10 and up and those who want to learn more about the world’s weather patterns. It’s interesting!

Climate Action (“The Future Is In Our Hands” series) by Georgina Stevens and Katie Rewse is a big book (literally), full of facts and infographics about climate change from all over the world and how humans can take actions that will help. “We can all make a difference.” (360 Degrees/Tiger Tales, 2021)

5) CELEBRATE my friends’ book birthday! Consider the Octopus publishes tomorrow (Henry Holt & Co.)! I’m so happy for the terrific writing team, together again — Nora Raleigh Baskin and Gae Polisner — on this excellent new story of a crazy adventure aboard a ship in the Pacific Ocean. Jeremy “JB” Barnes has been roped into spending time on The Oceania II where his mother, a research scientist, is about to set sail to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Yuk! Last thing he wants to do during the summer. When JB finds out that he accidentally invited Sidney Miller (age 12) to the Emergency Global Summit instead of DR. Sidney Miller, the renowned research scientist, things become very interesting, to say the least. Oh, just buy the book tomorrow and read it. It’s fun! It’s interesting! It will make you want to save the ocean’s wildlife.

Join us at @BrainLairBooks’ virtual event (on Facebook and their YouTube channel) on Wednesday evening, 7:00 pm ET, for the book launch party!

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?


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IMWAYR: Professional Development Titles

Thanks to Heinemann Publishing’s fabulous Teacher Appreciation sale, I was able to add some professional development books to my library last week. Now I can share with my school friends AND add to my own learning. Thank you for your generosity, Heinemann!

Read the World: Rethinking Literacy for Empathy and Action in a Digital Age by Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris

Focus Lessons: How Photography Enhances the Teaching of Writing by Ralph Fletcher

Story Matters: Teaching Teens to Use the Tools of Narrative to Argue and Inform by Liz Prather

The Artful Read-Aloud: 10 Principles to Inspire, Engage, and Transform Learning by Rebecca Bellingham

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

This meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Kathryn decided to give “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.


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First Semester Circulation – Middle School Library

Here’s the TOP TEN Circulated Books for the First Semester in the Library – 2019:

Number 10! Awkward, by Svetlana Chmakova

Number 9! Claudia and Mean Janine: A Graphic Novel, by Raina Telgemeier

Number 8! Stop That Bull, Theseus! (Myth-O-Mania Series), by Kate McMullan

Number 7! The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson, Book 1), by Rick Riordan

Number 6! Other Words for Home, by Jasmine Warga

Number 5! Hey, Kiddo, by Jarrett Krosoczka

Number 4 ! Guts, by Raina Telgemeier (Also the fastest circulating book, going to a new student every 2 days on average since its release!)

Number 3! The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons, by Barbara Mariconda

Number 2! Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

And the Number ONE circulated book for the First Semester in the Library – 2019 is…

El Deafo, by Cece Bell!

We look forward to another semester of reading — See you in January, 2020, when I will challenge students to read even more.