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, February 6, 2017

#IMWAYR February 6, 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.

Picture Book

Last week we continued to explore the 2017 Caldecott Honor books.

We really enjoyed this book for it's bright illustrations, use of white space, and its humor. My students loved screaming, "Leave Me Alone!" every time it appeared on the page. We can definitely see why this book was honored.

We weren't quite sure about this book at first. The more we looked at the pictures and the words, the more the book grew on us (pun intended). My students are still debating what some of the phrases are mean.

My students had mixed reviews about this book, but I can't wait to use this book to teach point of view. My favorite were the perspectives of the goldfish and the mouse.

Young Adult

Caraval is about two sisters who care so much about the other's happiness, they will go to the ends of the earth to protect each other - or in this case, to a magical Caraval. There are so many twists and turns in this book and so many character's are unreliable, I will definitely need to read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything.


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. For some reason I just can't get into Du Iz Tak, but maybe I just need to give it more time. I've heard nothing but great things about it. I still need to read They All Saw a Cat. Another one that has gotten a lot of great buzz!

  2. I haven't read the first to picture books but enjoyed They All Saw a Cat. I can see that there are many ways to use this book. Have you read The Queen's Shadow by Cybèle Young? It would make a great companion read.


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