IMWAYR: Post-NCTE Reading

I’ve been reading articles and posts from the attendees of #NCTE19 and my mind is full of thoughts, reflections, and joy. I’ve also read… Clean Getaway, by Nic Stone (due to publish January 7, 2020). I just love Scoob and his G’ma! This duo… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: Post-NCTE Reading”


I’m spending this week with books I received as gifts and giveaways. Thank you to Kathy at The Brain Lair Bookstore and Jennifer LaGarde, librarian extraordinarie. I appreciate your generosity! I finished Stargazing by Jen Wang (see my review from yesterday) and Thirteen Doorways:… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: Gifts”

IMWAYR: Catching Up and Moving Forward

I’m still listening to Thirteen Doorways: Wolves Behind Them All, by Laura Ruby. I need to drive more, apparently. I still need to read The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I didn’t sit down to savor the book as I planned last week. My… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: Catching Up and Moving Forward”

IMWAYR: Mixing It Up

Fall break provided rich, relaxing reading time! Last week I finished books; this week I’m listening to a book and reading an adult title I’ve been waiting for. I finished I Can Make This Promise, the debut by Christine Day. I loved the touching,… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: Mixing It Up”

IMWAYR: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Fall break is this week — lots of reading to do! Happy Reading! It’s Monday! What are YOU reading? It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: Indigenous Peoples’ Day”

IMWAYR: New Book Birthdays!

It’s another big week for reading! Fall Reading is Fabulous this year! I decided to focus on graphic novels this week, since they are getting a hit from teachers across the country (again). Reminder: READING GRAPHIC NOVELS IS READING! These are some good stories,… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: New Book Birthdays!”

IMWAYR: Banned Books Week 2019

Happy Banned Books Week! Read a banned or challenged book this week.  Happy Reading! It’s Monday! What are YOU reading? It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: Banned Books Week 2019”

IMWAYR: I’m a Winner! Thank you, Susan Ross!

I’m a winner! Thank you, Susan Ross (@SusanRossAuthor) for sending me Kiki and Jacques: A Refugee Story and Searching for Lottie from your #giveaway on Twitter. I can’t wait to get started! Searching for Lottie sounds perfect for my middle school students. Knowing that… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: I’m a Winner! Thank you, Susan Ross!”

IMWAYR: “Picture Books are Perfect” and Special Book Mail

This is a big week of reading, since I’ll be presenting my introductory professional development session, “Picture Books are Perfect for Middle School & High School” on September 14th at the Indiana State Literacy Conference in Noblesville, IN. I will read MANY picture books… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: “Picture Books are Perfect” and Special Book Mail”

IMWAYR: Short Week – Happy Labor Day!

This is a short school week, so there’s plenty of time for reading. This past weekend I finished Maybe He Just Likes You, Things You Can’t Say, and More to the Story (Hena Khan’s newest comes out tomorrow!). All three of these are going… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: Short Week – Happy Labor Day!”