IMWAYR: Appreciation – National Poetry Month

I’m taking the time to appreciate things more this week, and celebrating National Poetry Month continues with odes and “fun” poems. Last week I finished a bunch of children’s poetry books. This week, I’ll continue to read poetry, especially Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda, and I’ll start a new YA novel, Love FromContinue reading “IMWAYR: Appreciation – National Poetry Month”

IMWAYR: Poetry Month Continues

National Poetry Month continues…PLUS I’m listening to Jason Reynolds read Look Both Ways this week on Facebook Live and today I was able to find Pablo Cartaya talk about his books during the virtual VA Children’s Book Festival (on Facebook). I love it when authors read their own books for us. It made me moreContinue reading “IMWAYR: Poetry Month Continues”

IMWAYR: Spring Break at Home

It’s Spring Break! Since we are home for the duration, I decided to re-read some amazing books along with the authors this week. One of the positive memories I will take away from the COVID-19 mess is the authors and illustrators who generously give their time to read aloud to a wide virtual audience, includingContinue reading “IMWAYR: Spring Break at Home”

IMWAYR: Stay-at-Home Guidelines and Authors Who Help Us Deal

It’s been a rough start this week. Monday, Monday…we are still under stay-at-home orders and there’s lots of time to read, but I’ve also been stuck. Three authors have stuck with me so far, and have made reading time more comfortable in the discomfort of this COVID-19 virus outbreak. Kwame Alexander is reading The CrossoverContinue reading “IMWAYR: Stay-at-Home Guidelines and Authors Who Help Us Deal”

IMWAYR: Week Two COVID-19 Virus Lockdown — Lots of Time to Read

It’s week two of the weirdest time in our recent history, the COVID-19 Virus National Lockdown. Starting Wednesday, residents of Indiana are under a “stay at home” order from the governor. There’s lots of time for reading now. This week, I have the books I won in the #giveaway from Jess Redman. I’m excited toContinue reading “IMWAYR: Week Two COVID-19 Virus Lockdown — Lots of Time to Read”

IMWAYR: For the Students

I’m reading with the students this week. We are working on nonfiction texts during library time, and these titles are interesting and make us ask, “Really?” (“Really?” Strategy from Reading Nonfiction by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. Good stuff!) I liked this newest title from Lauren Wolk, too. Echo Mountain is coming out in April.Continue reading “IMWAYR: For the Students”

IMWAYR: Blink YA Book — Coming Soon!

In between coughs and sneezes, I’m reading. This week I’ll finish… We Had to Be Brave by Deborah Hopkinson. I finished an upcoming fabulous mystery/modern tragedy called Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly. I love Blink YA Books titles, and this one does not disappoint. It comes out in August, but add it to your readingContinue reading “IMWAYR: Blink YA Book — Coming Soon!”

IMWAYR: Author and Bookseller Friends Sent Books

This is a great week to read. President’s Day Weekend gave me some time to spend with Mom, and gave me time to read books. I finished… Soldier for Equality by Duncan Tonatiuh. What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado. We Had to Be Brave by Deborah Hopkinson. Thanks to the authors, publishers, and Kathy Burnette atContinue reading “IMWAYR: Author and Bookseller Friends Sent Books”

IMWAYR: I LOVE Reading! February Plan

Is it February already? Wow, the year is going fast. I love reading, and the extra day this month gives me extra time to read. Last weekend I went to The Brain Lair Bookstore (my favorite spot) and grabbed some award-winners from last Monday’s Youth Media Awards. I’m also looking forward to many book releases…soon!Continue reading “IMWAYR: I LOVE Reading! February Plan”