Monday, April 22, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. To find out what other bloggers are reading, check out the host blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. You can also follow on Twitter at #imwayr. 

Recent Reads...

I Will Race You Through This Book! by Jonathan Fenske

Book-It Bunny is racing the reader through his book and he has plenty of tricks up his sleeve to try to take the lead. This book brings readers along for an adventure and has plenty of humor. Early readers will have success with the short text. I'm looking forward to sharing it with my first graders because I know they will love it and want to read it again and again. Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, for a review copy.

Papa Put a Man on the Moon by Kristy Dempsey

Marthanne's father has gotten a job making the fabric that will be part of the Appollo spacesuits. While her father thinks of it as just a job, Marthanne knows what he is doing is special. This book honors the small contribution of an everyday person that helped to put the first man on the moon. It also is a sweet story of young girl who is proud of her father.

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Having both read it and heard him recite it, I think Kwame Alexander's poetry is amazing and this book, written as a poem, is nothing short of that. It's a powerful tribute to black Americans who have triumphed throughout history. Kadir Nelson's illustrations, full of strength and hope, are gorgeous. There's a glossary at the end of the book providing some additional information about the historical figures and events that are featured throughout the pages of the book.

The Story Web by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Like Megan Frazer Blakemore's The Firefly Code books, I was hooked on this one from the beginning. Alice's father has gone away and she believes it's her fault. She doesn't talk about him much, but she remembers his tales about the story web. When animals in the woods of her town start acting strangely, Alice realizes the story web is more than a tale. This is a magical book about how stories connect us and the importance of honoring the truth. It's also the story of a girl who knows the power of being brave, bold, and fierce. Thanks to the publisher, Bloomsbury, for an advance reader's copy of the book. It publishes in June.


  1. I definitely look forward to my turn reading I Will Race You Through This Book. Papa Put a Man on the Moon is new to me and one I think kids would love. Have a great week Lisa!

  2. Looking forward to Kwame's newest, and Papa Put A Man On The Moon sounds good, a story to show how everyone has a part in projects, from the smallest addition. I've noted The Story Web, too, Lisa. Thanks, and Happy Reading!

  3. Undefeated is wonderful! I am excited to share it with students. I will have to get I Will Race You Through This Book. It sounds delightful.

  4. I have all of these books in my piles! Looking forward to all of them, but so excited to have more books for our early readers.

  5. I included The Undefeated in my list to purchase for our institution which I just shared with our librarian - really looking forward to receiving the alert that it is already in. :)

  6. I'm especially excited to read Papa Put a Man on the Moon. My husband and I have been watching the Mars series on Netflix and it includes a lot of documentary data on the moon landing. You really begin to think about all of the individual contributions and issues associated with this expedition. Thanks for all the shares, Lisa (and my apologies for making it around to everyone's #imwayr blogs so late this week)!