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It’s Monday, [April 22]! What are you reading?


Every Most Mondays, I send out a #booksaroundtheroom via Twitter, so my students can share what they’re reading with the world. “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” is a meme co-hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. Just like #booksaroundtheroom, it is a way to share books you’ve been reading, reviewing, and loving during the last week. I read a lot, both on my own and with my two kids, Corbchops (1770 days) and The Iza (1015 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

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My goal when I started this blog was to write two posts a week. One IMWAYR, one other. Maybe a third, if I really get rolling. But lately, it’s been a situation where I can choose reading or choose blogging. So I choose reading! Especially on these weeks when things are really busy and the reading time is at a premium.

Here’s what I’ve enjoyed during the last week:

Middle Grade:

I finished one middle grade novel last week. That’s all.

  • Smells Like Dog, by Suzanne Selfors. This is our Guys Read book for April, this time nominated and voted on by the guys. I’m glad they picked it–it was super fun!

Graphic Novels:

I finished one graphic novel last week. I love graphic novels!

Picture Books:

I read 12 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

  • 11 Experiments that Failed, by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter. We read this in class as we started out our Scientific Method unit.
  • Doug Unplugged, by Dan Yaccarino. I will read this to my class during Screen Free Week.
  • The Dirty Cowboy, by Amy Timberlake and Adam Rex. I love Adam Rex because he is good at everything. Amy’s story was good, too.


On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I reviewed Hide and Seek, by Kate Messner.


Right now When I finish this blog post, I’m reading:

Energize Research Reading and Writing, by Christopher Lehman, which I will finish this week.


What are you reading?



  1. Julee Murphy says:

    I will have to get a copy of Doug Unplugged as I am a fan of Yaccarino’s and since I am from Texas, I need to look into finding a copy of The Dirty Cowboy. I do have 11 experiments That Failed. I also purchased it for a read aloud to introduce The Scientific Method. It really gets the lesson rolling in a creative way.

  2. Myra GB says:

    Hi there Mr S, I know what you mean about striking a precarious balance between reading and blogging – I find that I am in that constant dilemma myself. I am a fan of Yaccarino but I haven’t heard of this picture book yet, will look out for this. Lunch Lady also sounds like fun. Have a great reading week!

  3. Just loved The Dirty Cowboy, can’t wait to read Doug Unplugged! Cheers to choosing reading. 🙂

  4. That’s a lot of great reading! I also find that I have weeks when I don’t write much at all because I’m reading! I need to get my copy of Hide & Seek back from my students to read.

    • It’s hard for me to give my students books before I read them myself. I just lent a student Matt & Craz right out of the package. I want to read it so badly!

      Hide & Seek is even better than Capture the Flag.

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