Monday, December 18, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 12.18.17

This weekly post comes from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts
 and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers.  
It's a great source to find new books to use with your students.

Last Week's Adventures

Holiday season caught up to me last week and I was not able to post last Monday.  I had only read one book all week (that wasn't going onto another post) and I didn't think that really made up a great IMWAYR post!  Here are some others that went up:

Here are the books that have been in my nonfiction picture book stacks.

Do you have a need for early chapter books or transitional chapter books?  Then you'll want to check out these upcoming books from Candlewick and little bee.

Picture Books

Walk with Me
Walk With Me
written by Jairo Buitrago
illustrated by Rafael Yockteng
translated by Elisa Amado
I didn't know where this book was going, but oh, once I figured it out... I had to close it and read it again.

Red Again
Red Again
by Barbara Lehman
I love how Lehman brought so many characters together.  This book can be read on its own, but it's definitely more fun when you know all of the characters!

The Boy and the Whale
The Boy and the Whale
by Mordicai Gerstein
This is a book to use when you want kids to have a debate and really talk about what is in their heart.  A whale is tangled up in a boy and his father's fishing net.  The whale seems to be half dead.  What do you save - your net that brings in food or the whale?

There's a Monster in Your Book
There's a Monster in Your Book
written by Tom Fletcher
illustrated by Greg Abbott
I am a sucker for interactive books.  I think they are great to use with young readers because they laugh and smile and have FUN!  This is one I want to add to my collection.

Fort-Building Time
Fort Building Time
written by Megan Wagner Lloyd
illustrated by Abigail Halpin
I loved this author and illustrator's first collaboration - Finding Wild.  This one I think is even more fun.  Maybe because I loved making forts when I was younger.  Mostly because I could still get lost in the illustrations of these forts!

Graphic Novels

Dog Man and Cat Kid (Dog Man #4)
Dog Man and Cat Kid
by Dav Pilkey
I was so happy to see this title in my Scholastic preview box.  I quick read it before passing it along to a reader!  It's another great Dog Man title, this one I think has the most heart of the series.  Regardless, it's going to be another Dog Man story that will be well loved by readers!

Transitional Chapter Books

Keep Calm and Sparkle On! (The Wish List #2)
The Wish List: Keep Calm and Sparkle On!
by Sarah Aronson
What I love the most about these books is how it makes you want to do better.  The wishes in these books always surprise me because they end up being not necessarily the wish the character wants, but the wish the character needs.  With everything going on in today's world, I'm glad there is such a positive and do-good series like this one!  Don't miss it!

Middle Grade

The Infinity Year of Avalon James
The Infinity Year of Avalon James
by Dana Middleton
Loved this book.  Definitely a heartprint story - friendship, secrets and a touch of magic.

Currently Reading

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
Six of Crows 
by Leigh Bardugo
This is one of my #mustreadin2017 books.  It's taking me awhile to get into this one.  I've heard amazing things and while I'm starting to enjoy it more, it's not a favorite.  Great writing, just not always capturing my attention.

A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)
Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble
by Anna Meriano
I've also started reading this one and I'm really enjoying it even though I haven't gotten too far into it.  I'm thinking this is going to be a fun read to pass along to kids in early 2018!

Be sure to stop by next week and check out my lists of 2017 Favorites!  It was another year of fantastic reads!


  1. I really loved Six of Crows. Hope you enjoy it. You've shared lots of interesting titles this week. I can't wait for vacation to have more time to read! Happy Holidays!

  2. Red Again is really intriguing to me! Thanks for sharing it! Sorry I've been off the grid a little bit since NCTE. I hope you are doing well!

  3. Walk With Me sounds intriguing. I am so glad there is another Dog Man book. I can't keep them on the shelves. I think you'll really enjoy Love Sugar Magic. I love the family in that one.

  4. Ooh. Now I am intrigued by Walk with Me. Will definitely have to seek that one out.

  5. I loved Walk With Me, but there are some mysteries to it. Clearly there is a struggle in the family. Love that "Red Again", will look for it. I have Six of Crows, like you on the shelf for a long time. Maybe someday!

  6. I have Red Again on my post today, too! I never read the first book, so I really need to find it. Happy Holidays!

  7. I am saving The Boy and The Net for our argument unit - perfect!

  8. I need to find Walk With Me. I have it on my Goodreads TBR already. The premise sounds intriguing. Red Again is a nice follow up.

  9. I hope Six of Crows finds you, eventually. One of my faves. :)