This is the blog of children's book author and third grade teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Monday, January 30, 2017

#IMWAYR January 30, 2017

Each week I try to join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. It's #IMWAYR.

Last week we finished our Caldecott unit. Today we took a look at the winner, Radiant Child.

Radiant Child is a beautiful book about the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The illustrations were created in the style of Jean-Michel Basquiat's art and look like they are placed together in wood panels. My class found the illustrations and story interesting and they liked the style and use of color (but still felt Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat should have won the medal).

Middle Grade

The Twyning is a dark middle grade book about a fight between the world of rats and the world of humans. It's told from both points of view. The book explores issues of leadership and bravery and would be enjoyed by an older middle grader. 

Young Adult

What if the life we live is only the beginning of the story? In your second life, there are two opposing sides, and they are at war. The main character, Tenly is wanted by both of them and if they can't have her, they'd rather see her perish and end up in Many Ends, a terrible place of misery, than join the other side. I found this story a little flat but loved the main character. I will read the next book to find out what happens to her. 


If you like my reading choices, you can check out all the books I've read on Goodreads and please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what have you been reading?


  1. It can fascinating to see the differences and similarities between the books that kids love and want to read, and the books that grown-ups think kids should love and want to read!

  2. Glad to see Radiant Child receiving a lot of love - I hope I find it in our libraries soonest. - Myra from GatheringBooks

  3. I've had Radiant child on reserve at the library and it is finally ready to pick up!


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