IMWAYR: Stay-At-Home Guidelines and Reading

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It’s been a rough start this week. Monday, Monday…we are still under stay-at-home orders and there’s lots of time to read, but I’ve also been stuck. Three authors have stuck with me so far, and have made reading time more comfortable in the discomfort of this COVID-19 virus outbreak.

Kwame Alexander is reading The Crossover aloud on Instagram Live each morning this week. Today we started with the first part of the book, where we meet “Filthy McNasty”, his twin brother, and his family. What an excellent book! Listening to Kwame read is making my re-read so much more fun. Kwame, we love you! Thanks for reading to us.

Jeff Zentner has generously given his time to read The Serpent King aloud every other night on Instagram Live. As a bonus, he gives insights and notes about his writing process, plus some music, and even jokes. I love laughing again. Hey! “Since we are all home anyway…why not?” Thanks for your time, Jeff!

One more author on my mind is Tomie DePaola. We lost a great literary genius and a really nice person today. RIP. We already miss you so much!

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.

Celebrate reading with your loved ones this week while you’re stuck at home. Wash your hands! Stay safe and healthy.

 

IMWAYR: COVID-19 Week 2 of ELearning Gives Us Time to Read

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It’s week two of the weirdest time in our recent history, the COVID-19 Virus National Lockdown. Starting Wednesday, residents of Indiana are under a “stay at home” order from the governor. There’s lots of time for reading now. This week, I have the books I won in the #giveaway from Jess Redman. I’m excited to read these!

Miraculous and Quintessence by Jess Redman, and The Queen Bee and Me by Gillian McDunn

Stay safe and healthy out there!

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.

IMWAYR: Hope and Joy

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I’m in need of HOPE and JOY right now, so I’m spending the week reading some titles that make me smile.

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

It’s Deja and Josiah’s last night working at the pumpkin patch…ever. They will be off to college in the fall and it’s the last night to live it up. Deja encourages Josiah to finally talk to “The Fudge Shop Girl,” Marcy. He doesn’t know if he can muster the courage.

Josiah finally finds Marcy after a night of burnt succotash, chasing the goat that got loose, and searching for the little sneaky child who always slips away. Do his dreams of love come true? Find out who else is hanging out at the pumpkin patch at the end of the season. All the high school workers have stories. You might just be surprised.

This “last-night-take-a-chance” friendship story is a colorful graphic novel that middle school and high school kids are going to love.

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices, edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed. Isn’t the cover beautiful? I’m starting this one tonight.

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.

 

IMWAYR: For the Students

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I’m reading with the students this week. We are working on nonfiction texts during library time, and these titles are interesting and make us ask, “Really?” (“Really?” Strategy from Reading Nonfiction by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. Good stuff!)

I liked this newest title from Lauren Wolk, too. Echo Mountain is coming out in April. I can’t wait for readers to meet Ellie and her family. Thank you, Dutton Children’s Books for providing the advanced readers copy.

Picture Books are Perfect! Looking forward to spring, I reread this awesome picture book by Phil Bildner. “Did you know?” The unique style — directly speaking to the reader — the author tells the story of tennis champs Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert and their amazing rivalry and friendship through many years of competition.

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.

IMWAYR: Blink YA Book — Coming Soon!

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In between coughs and sneezes, I’m reading. This week I’ll finish…

We Had to Be Brave by Deborah Hopkinson.

I finished an upcoming fabulous mystery/modern tragedy called Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly. I love Blink YA Books titles, and this one does not disappoint. It comes out in August, but add it to your reading list now so you don’t forget about it.

Next up…I haven’t decided yet.

 

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.

IMWAYR: Authors and Bookseller Friends Sent Books!

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This is a great week to read. President’s Day Weekend gave me some time to spend with Mom, and gave me time to read books. I finished…

Soldier for Equality by Duncan Tonatiuh.

What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado.

We Had to Be Brave by Deborah Hopkinson.

Thanks to the authors, publishers, and Kathy Burnette at The Brain Lain Bookstore (@brainlairbooks) for supplying books for me to devour this week.

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.

 

 

 

IMWAYR: I LOVE Reading Time!

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Is it February already? Wow, the year is going fast. I love reading, and the extra day this month gives me extra time to read. Last weekend I went to The Brain Lair Bookstore (my favorite spot) and grabbed some award-winners from last Monday’s Youth Media Awards. I’m also looking forward to many book releases…soon!

I finally read Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal. I love how food brings a family together; Kevin included his fry bread recipe. “Fry Bread is…” described as the story moves along. The book just won the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award last week (well-deserved!) and was an American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor, too. I loved it!

This week I’ll read Anya and the Dragon by Sofiya Pasternack (a Versify title and 2020 Sydney Taylor Award Honor Book) and Soldier for Equality by Duncan Tonatiuh (a 2020 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book).

I was happy to receive two Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) of the upcoming books all my friends seem to be talking about; now I can join the conversation. A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat (who I met at NCTE 2019 — she’s so sweet!) is due out in March and the graphic novel, When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, comes out in April.

I have a full plate now — back to reading! Have a great week, everyone.

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.

 

 

IMWAYR: Last Week’s Lines and a New ARC

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Reading just gets better and better! This year I’m working on staying on pace, and I’m failing miserably already. Through this first part of January, I’m learning that it’s not too bad — I’m savoring some great titles a little longer.

This week, I’ll finish The Fountains of Silence (audiobook by Ruta Sepetys), The First Conspiracy (by Meltzer/Mensch), and Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Jennifer De Leon). I received Seven Clues to Home by my friends, Gae Polisner and Nora Raleigh Baskin (Thank you, ladies, and Knopf/Random House), which is just beautiful so far. The main character, Joy, turned 12 and lost her best friend the same day; that was a year ago. Now, she’s trying to pull together the clues that Lukas left her and pull herself together in the process, maybe finding a way to really live again. Oh, my heart! (due June 9, 2020)

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.

 

 

IMWAYR: New Books for a New Year — ARCs

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Advanced Reader Copies received! More reading fun to start the new year!

Roaring Brook Press sent The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington via #booksojourn, and will be on sale tomorrow. I’m looking forward to this young reader’s edition, and I’m sure many of my students will want to get their hands on this one, by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch, who collaborate to tell the story of the “tumultuous days leading up to July 4, 1776.”

In May, 2020, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers will publish Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, by Jennifer De Leon. I love how this cover looks like a painting on a brick wall while the description on the back of the book reads, “Liliana Cruz is hitting a wall — or rather, walls.” This “We Need Diverse Books” grant winner and debut author is sure to turn heads this year.

 

I started listening to audiobooks last fall as I was driving to the Plum Creek Literacy Festival. I’m not a big audio person, but I discovered some good titles, so I’m going to keep it up this year. I pushed “play” for The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys on the way home today and turned up the volume. I’m already hooked.

 

 

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.

IMWAYR: Last Two of 2019

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This is it. The last two days — and two books — of 2019. Happy New Year!

The Wonder of Wildflowers by Anne Staniszewski (coming February, 2020)

Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl

As I look ahead to 2020, I forecast MUCH MORE reading. It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme 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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