5.8.17 IMWAYR? #FlyingLessons @mattdelapena

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week


the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

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REMEMBER, if you’re getting your own library card, it’s due by Thursday’s class. That’s when I’ll give another Overdrive tutorial.

Let’s shoot for 100% library card ownership.


Take a look at this.



Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.
In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.
From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.

I definitely had a few favorites in this collection. One that stood out to me was “How to Transform an Everyday, Ordinary Hoop Court into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium” by Newbery-winning author Matt de la Peña. It was pretty cool how the whole thing was written in second person, putting me in the shoes of the kid who spent his summer at the gym across town balling with the best players in the area. I enjoyed watching as the main character took his lumps and worked out his problems. The nugget of a relationship with his father inspired this little exchange with Mr. Peña:

Grace Lin’s “The Difficult Path” was a fun historical adventure of a young Chinese servant who is looking to escape her arranged marriage. “Sol Painting, Inc.” by Meg Medina took a powerful look at the sacrifices a father makes for his kids—so  they hopefully won’t have to make the same sacrifices in the future.

“Seventy-Six Dollars and Forty-Nine Cents” by Kwame Alexander came along at just the right time as we finished The Crossover. The kids loved it, even though they were unsure of the ending. It encouraged this fun exchange with Mr. Alexander:

Pretty amazing, right? #FanForLife

This book is made possible by We Need Diverse Books, an organization whose website states:
Is there enough diversity in the books that are available to students? Is there opportunity for all students to see themselves reflected in the books that are available for them to read? Now more than ever the answer is yes. But it’s still not enough. This organization aims to encourage and promote more diversity in books.

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what YOU’RE reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

Let’s take a look to see if any parents commented on last week’s IM! WAYR? post.

Did you catch my
this past week?
 How many books did students in each class read?

This is for three weeks of reading…



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Tap to read



JUST started this one, since…

…I ran out of time on this one and put my name back on the list.

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One thought on “5.8.17 IMWAYR? #FlyingLessons @mattdelapena

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