It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 6/19/17

My son and I continued our Walter Dean Myers read-alouds with Game. The storyline will be familiar to those who have read many Myers novels: lots of basketball (more in-game play-by-plays than in any of his other novels I’ve read so far), obligatory wise adult who shares life lessons, supportive parents, annoying but lovable little…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 6/12/17

Slam was one of the first YA novels I read as an adult, shortly after I first started teaching high school. My students were OBSESSED with basketball, and I was looking for something to booktalk. I liked Slam a lot, but I don’t think I fully appreciated Myers’s artistry and craft until I read it…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 6/5/17

I am in a rush to post this morning because I need to get upstairs to my office where I can hear my latest project thrashing around and getting into things: three feral kittens and their mama! I have solemnly sworn that I am not going to adopt any of these cats but rather tame…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 5/29/17

Catstronauts: Mission Moon is the first in a promising new graphic novel series that will appeal to readers who love cats or space travel. It’s kind of sciencey but mostly just silly slapstick fun. The cats are adorable, especially Waffles, who is constantly sneaking snacks and worrying about his growling stomach. Meant for upper elementary…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 5/22/17

Very little, it turns out. It was a slow reading week, as I was on vacation. That used to be the ideal time to read, but family vacation is too busy and active to provide much reading time. Abigail Thomas’s A Three Dog Life is one of my favorite memoirs, and it was such a…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 5/8/17

My semester is finished, which means it’s time for the #bookaday challenge. (The link will take you to the announcement for last year’s challenge. College summer break starts early–which means more books for me!). I missed my Monday reading post last week, so this post attempts to catch up briefly on two weeks of reading. I was…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 4/24/17

I almost didn’t post this week because I’m nearly-but-not-quite finished with several novels and memoirs. There isn’t much to share. But blogging routine is important, and I did read a handful of picture books. Luke’s Way of Looking is a smart and superbly illustrated story about an artistic boy who simply doesn’t see the world…