Check Out These 4 AMAZING 2018 Children’s Books |It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


I feel like I’m starting to get back in the reading groove. Last week I read some pretty awesome books, by some pretty awesome authors and illustrators. Check them out in the video below!

Books Featured In This Video

The Poet X

By Elizabeth Acevedo


Road Trip With Max and His Mom

By Linda Urban

Illustrated by Katie Kath


Between the Lines: How Ernie Banks Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery

By: Sandra Neil Wallace

Illustrated by Brian Collier


A House That Once Was

By Julie Foliano

Illustrated by Lane Smith


Previous It’s Monday What Are You Reading Videos

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/11/2016


I’m excited to get back in the classroom after a wonderful spring break on the beach with my family. Have a great week everyone!


My Seventh-Grade Life In Tights

By: Brooks Benjamin

This book really made me want to dance. Not slow dance, but really break it down and get groovy. I hope middle school readers like this book as much as I did. 


Maxi’s Secrets

By: Lynn Plourde

Lynn did an amazing job with this one. I laughed, I cried, and I fell madly in love with the characters. There will be a group of adults 20 years from now that remember this book as being one of their favorites from when they were a kid.



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If I didn’t convince you to check out My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights earlier in this post, maybe the book trailer will do the trick.


During spring break I spent a little time in a tattoo parlor with my wife. She got some new ink, and I heard a great song.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/28/16


I haven’t done an IMWAYR post in ages. I’ve missed doing them, so I’m going to try and get back in the saddle.


The Wild Robot

By: Peter Brown

The Wild Robot is Hatchet 2.0! Kids are going to love Peter’s first middle grade novel. The Wild Robot is  a perfect read aloud. 12 year-old Colby would have read this book to shreds.



This image Little Brown created makes me giggle.

The Happiest Book Ever

By: Bob Shea

Bob Shea read us The Happiest Book Ever last week during his author visit. My 9 year old son was cracking up the entire time. Bob Shea just gets kids.


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Last week Mr. Schu premiered the book trailer for Melanie Conklin’s Counting Thyme. I love Counting Thyme. Hopefully, the trailer encourages a bunch of kids to pick up the book and give it a read.


If you haven’t listened to The Book Love Podcast you are really missing out. Penny Kittle has created what I feel is the best education podcast in the universe.


It’s A-OK to Reread in April-Reading Along I-94

Jen Vincent is challenging and giving readers permission to reread in April. She calling it: It’s A-OK to Reread in April. Brilliant. I often put pressure on myself to read everything, and I rarely slow down and reread my favorites.

I am taking Jen’s challenge, and our weekly book club together will feature us discussing the books that we are rereading together. I can’t wait to do some rereading!

April has five Sunday’s so we have an extra week of rereading. Yay!

Reading Along I-94 April Rereading Discussions

April 2: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

I Want My Hat Back

April 9 and April 16: Charlotte’s Web By: E.B. White

Charlotte's Web

April 23: Marty McGuire By: Kate Messner

Marty McGuire (Marty McGuire #1)

April 30: Cloudette By: Tom Lichtenheld