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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: 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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BOOK REVIEW: LIFT by Minh Lê and Dan Santat

LIFT is a fantastical picture book for any child or kid-at-heart. I don’t know a child who hasn’t wanted to push elevator buttons to see where the big silver box takes them. After her little brother beats her to the “push” one day, Iris becomes upset. She is supposed to push the button! Later, the building elevator breaks. No more buttons – Oh, no! Iris spies and swipes the old elevator button from the scrap pile (left behind by construction workers) and takes it to her bedroom. Push! Where THIS elevator button takes Iris is an alluring adventure.

Minh Lê’s simple, imaginative words and Dan Santat’s rich, wondrous illustrations make this marvelous story a must-read for 2020. (Coming May 5, 2020 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)


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Slice of Life Tuesday: Book Birthday Bash!

I’ve been waiting for this day for a while now. It’s a “Book Birthday” bash today — lots of new releases for October 3rd! (I wish my wallet could keep up.) Here’s what I’ll be reading in the next few weeks:

After the Fall (Picture Book) by Dan Santat — Oh, how I love Humpty! I hope he’s okay and gets back up again!  

Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably) by Julie Falatko — THE BFF story of the year  

The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea — If you know me, you know I cannot stand standardized testing. Let’s see…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay — for beauty!

Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar — highly recommended, and a lovely, colorful cover. I can’t wait!  

La La La by Kate DiCamillo — because it’s KATE!  

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase series continues) by Rick Riordan — it’s a series, people!

Before the Devil Breaks You (YA/adult) by Libba Bray — I’m not sure about this one, but I’ll try.

Talking As Fast As I Can (From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between) (adult) by Lauren Graham — because I’ll need my relaxing, TV fix

Manhattan Beach (adult) by Jennifer Egan — I may never get to this one!

There are so many book releases today. These are the titles I want to tackle. October is the month of great reading this year; I can see that clearly.

What will you read next?