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 the characters are based on Susan’s own family will make thisContinue 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 this week to finalize my presentation. Which books should I pack?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 into the middle school library as soon as possible. All threeContinue reading “IMWAYR: Short Week – Happy Labor Day!”

IMWAYR: Picture Books, a Story Collection, and a Bonus

Bonus comes first today — THE SILENCE BETWEEN US by Alison Gervais (Blink YA Books) comes out TOMORROW! Maya Harris must leave Pratt School for the Deaf and attend a hearing school — for her senior year in high school! It’s bad enough being the new girl, but she needs a personal interpreter for everyContinue reading “IMWAYR: Picture Books, a Story Collection, and a Bonus”

IMWAYR: Finishing Up and Planning for the Start of School

I didn’t read the stack of books in one week (see post from July22 here) like I wanted. I’m finishing up Anthem and Other Words for Home this week, as well as re-reading picture books I want to use in the first quarter of the school year. During summer school, I shared several nonfiction pictureContinue reading “IMWAYR: Finishing Up and Planning for the Start of School”

IMWAYR: Can’t Talk! Must Read!

With only one week until summer school, I’m reading like a bookworm! Here’s what’s up for this next week… Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (from last week’s list) The Paris Project by Donna Gephart Give and Take by Elly Swartz Anthem by Deborah Wiles (These three are publishing in October 2019. Preorder yourContinue reading “IMWAYR: Can’t Talk! Must Read!”

IMWAYR: Picture Books and Memoirs

I’m spending the week with my granddaughter and today we headed to The Brain Lair Bookstore to visit Kathy (the owner and my book buddy). “M” spied one of her favorite authors right away and said, “Hey! Look! We have How to Build a Sandcastle! How about we get It’s NOT Jack and the Beanstalk?”Continue reading “IMWAYR: Picture Books and Memoirs”