It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 11/11/19

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers and share all of your readings of the week.

Happy late Monday! I meant for this to be posted yesterday but I was crazy busy with work and extra trainings for childhood development. I got to attend a training last night where we talked about why lullabies are important, how to incorporate music into your lessons, and how to make reading more interactive and fun! It was soo great!

Sticking to my reading challenge I have read another six and a half books. I am currently at 120 of my 150 overall goal so I might need to pick up the past slightly to get all my books read. This week only three of the books I read came from my Top 100 lists since some were books I read to the children where I work. Let’s dive in…

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets written by J.K. Rowling

Harry is getting ready for another year at Hogwarts with the strong desire to move as quickly as possible away from the Dursley family. The Dursley’s are hosting a dinner party, where Harry is expected to be silent and hide, when all the sudden…a strange creature shows up at his house….a house elf! Dobby (the house elf) tells Harry he must not go back to school because he is in danger. After a jail break, a mishap with getting on the Hogwarts Express, and making the headlines of the paper Harry finally arrives back at Hogwarts. What will happen at Hogwarts this year? What is the Chamber of Secrets? How is Harry involved?

I would not use this book in the classroom unless I used multiple books from the series throughout the year. One idea would be to focus on themes with 5th grade classrooms or you could even turn the room into Harry spotters world. I can see a lot of fun connections with this book and a classroom.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban written by J.K. Rowling

With the second book done, now comes the third book. I just started this book and am so excited to delve more into the Harry Potter world. A full review will be posted next week once I have completed the book.


Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons & Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes written by Erick Litwin, illustrated by James Dean

Okay, I am going to combine these books this week because they are very complimentary. Honestly, what kid doesn’t enjoy Pete the Cat? And what great books these are! They encompass strong, positive messages in a fun and cool way.

Both books would be perfect for Pre-K to 1st grade. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons is a great book to start an introduction to simple subtraction. Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes would be great to go over lessons about simply to just keep walking and singing your song. Here is the fun song and read-aloud from YouTube!


Chick ‘n’ Pug Meet the Dude written by Jennifer Sattler

Chick n Pug are best friends so when Pug’s squeaky toy goes missing, Chick (and Pug) try to solve the mystery. Chick discovers a big, scary dog (the Dude) has taken it! What will Chick and Pug do? Does it all work out in the end?

This book would be bet for Pre-K students. The characters are exciting and the book has a lot of superhero references the kids will enjoy. You could incorporate this book into a lesson on problem solving or just have it as a fun read aloud.


Neck & Neck written by Elise Parsley

Leopold the giraffe is the star of the zoo and he LOVES it. One day a giraffe shaped balloon comes along and steals his spotlight! Leopold decides he has to take matters into his own hands and get rid of this rival. What will happen? Who will win the battle?

This book was an incredible fun read and the kids really enjoyed it. It would be a great book for Pre-K through 1st grade to talk about emotions, jealousy, and making the right choices.


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day written by Judith Viorst

We have all had one of those days when the world is against us. It puts you in a bad mood which seems to make everything worse. Well Alexander is going to just move to Australia. How will that go for him? Will it help?

This book is a good classic. It would be good for any grade honestly and I would use it as a fun read-aloud and then talk about the moral of the story.


What did you read this week?

10 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 11/11/19

  1. I agree with you that most children love Pete the Cat. He has taken kids on many different adventures. I am also a lover of Alexander, reading that book more times than I can count. I would recommend the movie as well. I am impressed that you finished two Harry Potter books in one week. I have never gotten into that series but know so many that have. What age level do you think those books could be started? Are they too advanced for elementary students?

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    1. I think the music aspect of “Pete the Cat” defiantly helps kids enjoy it. I got through about one and a half but I also really enjoy the books so it’s easy for me to get through quick haha. I would say you could start the “Harry Potter” books at 3rd grade or 4th grade. Just depends on the students but you could maybe even start at 2nd.

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  2. Destiny,
    I am happy to hear that you’re so close to meeting your 150 book goal! I see you enjoy reading the Harry Potter books. I have never gotten into those books because I’m not much a “wizard” gal. If you were to recommend me one Harry Potter book to read, which one would it be?

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    1. Me too! I am so excited to reach my goal. I’ve been really focused on reading is I can meet it 😁 I really enjoy the Harry Potter books but not everyone does. If I had to suggest one I would suggest “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” It is my favorite in the series. Great question!

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  3. Hey Destiny,
    It sure looks like you had a good week! The giraffe book caught my eye and then when I read the summary of it, I decided that it sounds too cute! I can definitely see why the students love the story. I’m guessing it has some humor mixed into it as well? The YouTube song you posted (Pete The Cat) is awesome. What a great addition this would be to the book. I can see students singing the song all day long and at the same time learning their colors.

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    1. Hey DJ,

      “Neck to Neck” was a super cute book! It was my favorite of all the books I read to the kids at daycare this week. It has a lot of humor and the kids laughed through half of it. Haha the kids love the songs and they do sing them all day. The Pre-K students I work with constantly want to do Pete the Cat songs 😁 My favorite part about these books is how simple they are that students forget they are learning!

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  4. Destiny,
    I have to say that I am surprised to say that you are one of the few people that I have seen post Harry Potter books for this class. I have never really gotten into them, but I am wondering if that would change now that I am older. “Neck and Neck” looks like a really cute book so I will have to add that to my list of books to read.

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    1. Hi Shayla,

      I really like the Harry Potter books but have since I was little. I grew up enjoying them with my mom so it’s been fun to reread. I have heard from a lot of the class that they never got into the series which surprised me. “Neck to Neck” is so cute and the kids love to laugh as you read it. I would suggest trying to find it and read if you can.

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  5. Lots of good books here! It’s funny, in high school my reading identity was rooted in Harry Potter. Everyone knew I liked Harry Potter, and I’ve read the series through 8 different times. However, I haven’t read them since high school… and I don’t really have a desire to read them again, at least for now. Since I’ve moved outside of my comfort zone and have been exposed to such a diverse array of titles, it’s hard to go back to something that– while foundational to my reading identity when I was young– is really quite vanilla. Can you think of any books that you used to love but can’t see yourself revisiting in the near future?

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    1. Thank you! I was the same way. I loved Harry Potter and grew up on it. I honestly can not think of any series or books that I liked as a child that I would not revisit. I really like to re-read books that I already know that I like. I have a harder time branching out and finding new books.

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