Kids Book Review and Giveaway : Monday Is One Day

This giveaway is now closed, thank you to all who entered!

I was such a reading fanatic as a child that I would have nightmares about my mom punishing me by taking away all of my books. So it would have been horrible if my kids had not been readers. But luckily the girls inherited my love of books and we often spend afternoons jumbled up on the sofa reading.

So I jumped on the chance to review Monday Is One Day written by Arthur A. Levine and illustrated by Julian Hector.

About the book: One by one, the days of the week roll by. Monday is one day, Tuesday is blue shoes day, and Wednesday is halfway day. With monster roars and splashy puddles, with crazy ties and hugs, kids and parents count the perfect small moments of their weekday time together, looking forward to the weekend, when the days will be all theirs.

The Review:
It arrived while the girls were at school but like a true picture book lover I sat down to read it immediately. The illustrations really struck a chord with me. All sorts of families are portrayed: working dads and working moms, kids being raised by grandparents, a single mom, two dads. As a parent who values teaching diversity to my kids, I really appreciated that the illustrator went beyond the stock image of a family.

When the girls got home, the book was the star of the afternoon story time. We talked about week and weekend days then practiced counting towards Saturday. And since I have been traveling and working on the weekends a lot more for my job, we also talked about how the parents in the book miss their kids and how mommy always missed them when she’s away.

The Giveaway:
Monday Is One Day retails for $16.99 but Scholastic is letting me give away three copies here on the blog! Yay, free books! Just leave me a comment here telling me why you want to win this particular book. Winner will be drawn one week from today.

Winners are Stephanie, Cathy E., and . Please check your in-box. Thank you to everyone who entered! I really appreciate you reading my blog and taking the time to enter.

Disclosure: Scholastic provided me with a copy of the book to review and compensated me for this post and giveaway. Opinions, thoughts, and words in this post are my own. Not only do I believe in Blog With Integrity but only a mean leprechaun would lie about a picture book.


  1. Thank you for reviewing this book. It sounds great. I’m just getting ready to start a homeschool unit about days of the week (also weeks, months, years) I haven’t yet begun my research for it. Whether I win it or check it out from the library, this book sounds like a welcome addition to resources I’ll use.

    Thank you for the giveaway chance. Good luck to the entrants!

  2. One of my colleagues at work showed me this book the other day- so charming! I had to do a double-take, thinking at first it was a reissue of a vintage book because the illustration style is so perfectly retro and nostalgic. I love it- and especially love it includes all kinds of families, as you pointed out. So great.

    It’s on my list of books to buy for my little ones, but if I can enter your giveaway, I’d love to win a copy!

  3. I have three little ones at home myself and also teach pre-school….I LOVE children’s books – it is my weakness and I can’t get enough new books for my home & classroom. Would love to be able to share this with all the children in my life. Thanks!!!

  4. We love books and as you know I am obsessed with diversity. It is best never to lie about books or childrens’ stuff.

  5. Sounds like a great book. I’m all for entering giveaways but looks like one I’ll have to pick up regardless!

    • I rarely do reviews/giveaways myself but I liked this one so much. As Allison said, the illustrations have a great vintage feel and I like that it’s simple and short enough for younger kids but opens a discussion about feelings for older kids.

  6. I love having new books for Michael. I think it really helps inspire reading.

  7. A person can never have enough books.
    Looking forward to getting this one (even if I don’t win).

  8. Katrina says:

    My daughter (who is in kindergarten) and I still very much struggle with being apart on week days because of my work. I’d love to read this book to her. I think we’d both relate to waiting for the weekend and to making the most of the hours we have during the week.

    I’d love to win it, but I’ll get it from the library if I don’t. Thank you for reviewing it and spreading the word!

  9. domestic diva says:

    I like that it portrays different types of families. My little one would love it.

  10. Heather says:

    This sounds like a great book for kids! As a career woman, I can appreciate the need to teach our children about how different families can be depending on circumstances. I like how you used the book to educate your girls on counting, days of the week, and even went a step further in using it to help them understand a little bit about your traveling.

  11. We live in an international community with families from all over the world, many of them being mixed families–a mother from China, a father from Slovakia, for instance. I love the diversity displayed in this book–my children will see it’s so similar to our neighborhood. And besides, it’s by ARTHUR A. LEVINE! Who wouldn’t want it???

  12. This sounds like a great book! My girls would love it! They both love books and can’t get enough of them.

  13. Lesley Thacker says:

    It’s a really cute book. I’m teaching and getting reassigned (hopefully) so I need to build my library for all ages. And I just think it’d be cool to read to my little ones.

  14. Hi Kate,

    Congrats on getting into doing some giveaways. Good luck with the response ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. Cathy E says:

    This book sounds fantastic! My kids are book-lovers as well and love getting new books – It’s always a great day when the Dolly Parton books arrive.
    Since I’m thinking about going back to work, this sounds like a good resource for helping with that transition. I also love that it teaches diversity – don’t get a lot of opportunities for that in Como ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I’ve just been cleaning out the book case of books that are too babyish. The just turned 4 year old could use this book, we have two “story hours” a day where he makes me pretend to be the local librarian (whose story hour we go to on Wednesdays).

  17. My daughter needs some help to get out the door to daycare every morning. I think this book may help!

  18. I love the sound of this book!! I would LOVE a copy of this book to use while I work with Kindergarten children with social, emotional and behavioural issues. It’s unbelievable what a good book/story shared can do for a child!! And, I’d read it with my kids at home, too!!

  19. Stephanie says:

    I have a 4 year old, that is not understanding the days of the week, just what we do on that day, every morning he wakes up and asks where I am going today? Is it a Preschool day or an Yvonne day, (babysitter) or which one of his parents will be home today. So snuggle up and read time is of vital importance to us, the time when we can just snuggle and talk about the day and enjoy reading a great book.

  20. I love teaching my daughter about people’s differences and why they are special because of them. I would love to have this book for her to help read to her brother and sister when they get older.
    <3, Amy

  21. Some of the most special time I have shared with my daughter has been over a good book. When I have been unwell and not able to be very active with her, books are the perfect resolution. The problem is we’ve read them all several times. It would be really nice to add a new one to the mix! Loved the review of this book! If I win or not I will definately read this one with my daughter!

  22. Carol Ann says:

    Hey Kate,

    I saw your link on my cousin Julie Cole’s facebook page and I am so glad I did.

    As a grade one teacher and mother of a 20 month old (with baby # 2 arriving in July), I am always looking for great new picture books. Thanks for the review and recommendation! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I think my four-year old would love this book! I want to make sure that books continue to be first on my son’s list and not video games.

  24. My son attends a non-profit daycare that integrates special-needs and mainstream kiddos. He moves up to the “big-kid” classroom next month. I would love to receive a copy of this book for Cole to donate to his new classroom. They have kids from all family-types so this would be a perfect addition to their classroom!!

    Thanks for your consideration!!

  25. I have 8 children and my oldest who is 13 LOVES to read and I did actually take away ALL of her books once as a punishment for not telling the truth. Wow did it work she has never told a lie since!
    This book looks awesome and thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. This book would be ideal for my two sons ages 5 & 4 who are still trying to grasp the concept of days, months etc..
    Thanks again and I will be back to your site to read more of your blogs.

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