It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/13/20


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!


Updated Often: The Big List of Online Learning Resources for COVID-19 and Quarantine

Tuesday: Tag Your Dreams: Poems of Play and Persistence by Jacqueline Jules, Illustrated by Iris Deppe

Thursday: It’s Okay To….

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Handling Conflict in Middle Grade Novels” by Ben Gartner, Author of The Eye of Ra

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**



  • Whatever After series: The newest book in the series came out last Tuesday, so I had to catch up! I love this series–it is so much fun, smart the way the fairy tales are twisted, and just a lovely read.
  • City Spies by James Ponti: As a huge fan of middle grade spy books, this is one I am going to definitely add to my recommendation list for those who love Alex Rider and other adventure books like that. Ponti did a great job developing an amazing team of teens that you connect to and root for!
  • Lila and Hadley by Kody Keplinger: “Hadley is angry about a lot of things: Her mom going to jail. Having to move to another state to live with her older sister, Beth, even though they haven’t spoken in five years. Leaving her friends and her school behind. And going blind. But then Hadley meets Lila.”
  • With Trent:
    • We’re reading the Questioneers books by Andrea Beaty for one of our virtual book clubs with a colleagues daughter. The books have so much to talk about!
    • Mac Barnett is a constant right now because of Mac’s Book Club Show Book Club. Trent will not allow us to miss one.
    • We sadly had gotten behind on Oliver Jeffers’s read alouds, so we did some binge watching/reading!
    • We are also going through our picture books to read some Trent never has before. We read quite a few fun ones this week. Trent’s favorites were:
      • The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber
      • Pirate Chicken: All Hens on Deck by Brian Yanish
      • Funny Farm by Mark Teague
      • My Dog is the Best by Laurie Ann Thompson

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.


This week, I read a lot of phonics worksheets that my oldest son received as homework from school, but I don’t think those count? He also did a dozen worksheets each for The Bad Seed and Rosie Revere, Engineer. I love both of these books, so I enjoyed reliving them. He also finished Sideways Stories at Wayside School by Louis Sachar for his virtual book club. My middle son and I continue to read Juana & Lucas for his virtual book club (not finished with it yet). And my youngest son is really excited about closing any book we open, so he listens but tries to close the book every time I open the pages.

We officially closed the cover of the first illustrated Harry Potter book yesterday. I didn’t enjoy the series when I read it myself a decade ago, but I can officially say that I loved reading it with my kids.

As for me? I am kind of disappointed to say that I have not read any young adult books this week for myself. I have been really focused on working on my book for NCTE, so I’ve been doing a lot of writing. I miss reading a lot, but with the stay-at-home stuff, I don’t have many work hours, so I am compacting my 5-day work week into nights and weekends.

But tomorrow, I am going to try to teach my oldest son how to do stop animation. We are going to write a story together and put it into stop animation. I am hoping it goes well. Fingers crossed!



  • Reading: What Stars Are Made Of by Sarah Allen
  • Listening: Abby in Oz by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Reading with Trent: The Bad Guys: Attack of the Zittens by Aaron Blabey (Chapters 1-3 this week for virtual book club); Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty; & Lights! Camera! Alice! by Mara Rockliff
  • Listening with Trent: Unicorn Rescue Society: The Creature in the Pines by Adam Gidwitz (Chapters 1-4 this week for virtual book club)


Henry and Trent are in two virtual book clubs together, so we will also be reading part of The Bad Guys: Attack of the Zittens by Aaron Blabey and Unicorn Rescue Society: The Creature in the Pines by Adam Gidwitz (see the photos Kellee posted above).

My middle son and I are still reading Juana & Lucas for his virtual book club. It’s fantastic.

My kids and I will also be starting Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Yahoo!

I am hoping I’ll be able to read something for myself, too. Stay well, everyone. <3


Tuesday: Ricki’s Reflection: Drawbacks of Homeschooling for My Child

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Ways to get Middle-Grade Students Excited About Reading” by Sherry Ellis, Author of Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure


Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

 Signature andRickiSig

5 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/13/20”

  1. Kellee – will finish City Spies by tomorrow. It’s super fun!
    Ricki – looking forward to your post tomorrow! I don’t have to worry so much about homeschooling since my daughter is pretty much self-sufficient. But I’m always wondering what parents are thinking.

  2. As I read your posts today I found myself really missing my granddaughter. Her family have moved into a home of their own and while I am really happy for the, and us most of the time, I really miss our reading times and snuggles. Reading all the posts this week has made me wish my library carried more ebooks. Many of the books I’ve read about this week are available in hard copy format, but that doesn’t do us any good. Sigh…

  3. Kellee~ Well, if City Spies is anything like Alex Rider, then I definitely need to add it to my list. My son asked me to read my first Alex Rider book last year because it was his favorite, so he’ll want me to hook him up with this one. I also wanted to mention that I was pleased to see your guest post by Ben Gartner — very interesting thoughts on objectionable content.

    Ricki~ I love that you’ll be showing your kiddo how to do stop animation. I hope you’ll share some of the creations with us, too! Years ago my kids enjoyed a Lego stop animation site. I don’t even know if it’s still working, but they had fun with it at the time.

  4. The adjustments to a new schedule are definitely interesting. It’s been a month since we saw our students, but I don’t know that my routine is yet set. I find that the blurred lines of work and home are challenging. I applaud you both for the work you’re accomplishing with your children. Yay for Juana & Lucas. I loooove that book. Kellee, you are getting through a lot of reading. It’s so awesome that so many authors are sharing online.


Leave a Comment