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, July 18, 2016

#IMWAYR July 18, 2016

Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. #IMWAYR

This week I enjoyed two very different picture books about bears, one middle grade book, and two young adult novels. I have to say more about each of these books because they were all so wonderful. Three of the books; Ida, Always, Wolf Hollow, and A Time to Dance, need to be read near tissues.

Here's what I've read this week:

Picture Books

An adorable book about forgiveness. 

A beautiful story about friendship and dealing with loss.

Middle Grade

A historical fiction novel about trust, bravery, and friendship.

Young Adult

This beautiful story, written in verse, is a story about hope and triumph. It is listed as young adult, but I think middle graders would enjoy it as well.

A high fantasy about facing prejudice and overcoming obstacles in an imagined world

That means to date this summer I have read 3/10 picture books, 8/10 middle grade, 4 YA, and 1 professional book. I also started beta reading a wonderful novel by one of my critique partners that I hope to see in stores someday. The goal I am falling short on is writing, so my hope is to get back to that this week. 

If you like my reading choices, you can check out all the books I've read on Goodreads and please leave me a comment below. I'm still looking for more picture book suggestions so I can read a #bookaday to my 3rd graders in the fall.


  1. As an adult I read a lot of historical fiction, but as for "kids" reading I don't read much of it. For that reason and because I do have students who enjoy historical fiction I should read Wolf Hollow. I've been hearing good things about it, too.

    1. I would also highly recommend The War That Saved My Life.

    2. Thanks, that's another one I've heard so much about, but have never read. I'll add them both to my to-read list.

  2. Have you seen Diva and Flea? It might take two days to read out loud, but it was cuter AND had an awesome message about friendship and differences. Wolf Hollow was a bit slow for my taste, and didn't seem quite middle grade.

  3. Loved A TIME TO DANCE so, so much! I agree that it's great for MG readers too.

  4. I have now added a few more books to my must read list. I swear if I have to read them all before I die, I'm going to live forever!

  5. I loved Wolf Hollow, and thanks for sharing A Time To Dance, new to me and I'm glad to know about it.

  6. So....Ida, Always might have left a certain children's librarian sniffling....I'm such a sap! ;)

  7. I've read all but Court of Fives. I am eager to read it though. I loved A Time to Dance. It's beautiful and I loved the spiritual aspect.


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