This is the blog of children's book author and elementary school 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, May 1, 2017

#IMWAYR May 1, 2017

Each week I 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

On Saturday people around the world did more to celebrate the life of Amy Krouse Rosenthal. On Friday my third grade class read Spoon, Chopsticks, Exclamation Mark, The OK Book, and I Wish You More. We discussed the author's message and created our own messages to share with others. 

Middle Grade

Voyagers is the first book in a science fiction series about a group of kids that compete to go on a space mission to save the world. The story is told from close third person in multiple points of view. There are surprises at every turn. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Young Adult

In A Hundred Hours of Night, fifteen-year-old Emilia has escaped a social media scandal about her father in Amsterdam by running away to New York City. She thinks she has everything planned, but when she gets to New York she has no place to stay and Hurricane Sandy is closing in. She ends up weathering the storm with two other teenagers and an eleven-year-old girl. As the four of them experience NYC without power, they learn about each other and themselves. I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

I was desperate for a high fantasy with a kick-butt female character so a friend recommended this series. The story did feel familiar (two teenagers on opposite sides of a war that are forced together and fall in love) but it had some twists that made me keep reading. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next. 


Stacy Barnett Mozer is a third grade teacher and a middle grade author. The Sweet Spot and The Perfect Trip are available now from Spellbound River Press. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what are you reading?


  1. I always like to get new titles in the science fiction genre. It's not my favorite genre, but I like to read and be familiar with some science fiction titles for my students who like to read the genre.

  2. I love your tribute to AKR! Thanks for great recommendations!

  3. That's a beautiful bulletin board! I've really enjoyed seeing all of the AKR tributes this past weekend/week.

  4. I've been giving I Wish You More away as baby and graduation gifts. When I was workin, I scanned the images and read it out loud at the final assembly for our grade 7 students who were moving on. Amy will be deeply missed in the world of children's book publishing.

  5. I Wish You More makes me tear up a little bit more now...I'm so glad her kind spirit is being celebrated!

  6. So happy you got to share Amy's books with your students! My third graders LOVED sharing her books together last year.

  7. I think I have all the books in the Winner's trilogy. I think 2 are signed, and I still haven't read them. I am the worst! I did hear the series was good, though.
    Sam @ WLABB

  8. We love your board of themes your students want to share with the world.

  9. I just read I wish you more a few weeks back - perfect for those who are graduating! If you are looking for high fantasy with strong female protagonists - do check out the Truthwitch series by Susan Dennard.


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