Sunday, April 28, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/29/13

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 
It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. 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…who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!
After doing the meme for a couple of weeks, we realized this would be a fun meme to start up with a kidlit focus - anyone reading and reviewing books in children's literature - it can be picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, you name it in the world of kidlit and it's in! We have loved being a part of this meme and we hope you do too!  We encourage everyone participating to go and visit the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and to comment on as many posts as you can. We love talking books and believe in sharing and discussing what we're reading. We hope you join us!

Kellee: I unfortunately have a sad (yet exciting) announcement to share with you today. Starting June 25th, I will be parting ways with Teach Mentor Texts to partake in a new adventure (though Jen and I will continue working together on IMWAYR and the bookmark/book swap as well as sporadically on reviews and series). I'll be starting a new blog, "Unleashing Readers: Helping Students Navigate the World of Books" at I'll be working with another co-blogger, Ricki Ginsberg (@readwithpassion), a high school teacher in Connecticut and ALAN Executive Board member. Our blog will focus on helping teachers find the right books for their students and the right book for each situation. I hope you all will come visit the new blog when it begins!

Jen: I'm so thankful to Kellee for blogging with me for the last two years! When I started Teach Mentor Texts, I wholeheartedly wanted it to be a resource for teachers and parents, and Kellee brought her experience and passion for reading, books, and teaching. As Kellee said, the future is an adventure and I look forward to supporting her on her new blogging endeavor while continuing on my own journey here at Teach Mentor Texts. 

Last Week's Book Adventures:
Jen Says: It was a wild and crazy and amazing week! Edcamp Chicago was an awesome experience on Saturday. I knew I wasn't going to get much reading done because of it. I'm happy to say I finished Will Grayson, Will Grayson on audio and started The Power of Habit which is interesting so far. I read about summer camp in Like Bug Juice on a Burger and I snuck in some great picture books along the way.
Kellee Says: I had a successful reading week, but it wasn't in numbers of books I read, it was in the success that I felt when I finished the book I was reading. I did read daily, but ended up only finishing one book: Code Name Verity. I found Code Name a beautiful, brilliant book, but so dense it just took me a while to read it. I could only digest so much each time I read it. Jen already reviewed it here, so I will not, but if you are interested in my thoughts, you can see my Goodreads review.

Reviewed Last Week:
Just click on any picture above to go read the review

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Jen Says: I have no idea what the week holds in store for me other than it should be much less crazy...finally! And Screen Free Week is here! We talked about Screen Free Week when we reviewed I Haiku You recently. I'm planning to limit my screen time when I'm home (there's not much I can do about my screen time at work...). Besides the blogging that has to get done and tweeting my bookpics, I'm going to really try to be conscious of not spending time looking at a screen. I'll keep listening to The Power of Habit on audio which I'm guessing will take me all week. There is one more day of rereading in April and I never got to From What I Remember... so I'm going to dive into that as my one last reread. It's a great read to put me in the summer mood. I'm excited! Happy reading everyone!

Kellee Says: First, I am going to read a short story that my little brother wrote for his creative writing college course (yay!) and then I am going to reread Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes this week in an attempt to assist in writing the teacher's guide. I'm also still listening to Sedaris's Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. After Olivia Twisted, I will probably read some Netgalley GNs I have as well as start Ask the Passengers. I also started new class read-alouds with my students so I am currently reading (for about 3 weeks) Hurt Go Happy and Endangered

This Week's Reviews:
We continue our Girl Power series this week! 
We'll be sharing posts about each of the unique The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle girl characters: Ella, Briar, Snow, Rapunzel and Lila. As well as celebrating School Lunch Lady day!
Also, Kellee will be on Kirby Larson's Teacher Tuesday tomorrow at Kirby's blog.
Check back throughout the week to hear about these books, characters, and events. 

So, what are you reading this week? 
Link up below and don't forget to check out other blogs to see what they are reading!
To help build our community and support other bloggers, 
we ask that you please try to comment on at least the three blogs that posted before you. 
Also, if you tweet about your Monday post, don't forget to use #IMWAYR!

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