It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/11/20


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!



Tuesday: The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: It Is (Not) Perfect by Anna Kang, Illustrated by Christopher Weyant
**Giveaway open until Thursday!**

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Studying the Past, Writing the Future: Some Thoughts on the Study of History” by Todd Hasak-Lowy, Author of We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changes the World

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

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



  • Major Impossible by Nathan Hale: This is the first of Nathan Hale’s books where I knew nothing about the history of, and it was so interesting! Powell is such a fascinating character, and I want to learn even more about him! And I adore Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales and how he mixes the text structure and adds in so much humor in serious history.
  • Unicorn Theater by Dana Simpson: Pheobe and her Unicorn are some of my favorite comics to read to just feel happy, and this one definitely filled that want!
  • BenBee and the Teacher Griefer by K.A. Holt: “The Kids Under the Stairs: BenBee and the Teacher Griefer is a funny, clever novel-in-verse series about Ben Bellows—who failed the Language Arts section of the Florida State test—and three classmates who get stuck in a summer school class.
    But these kids aren’t dumb—they’re divergent thinkers, as Ms. J tells them: they simply approach things in a different way than traditional school demands.
    Each chapter is told through the perspective of one of the four students, who each write in a different style (art, verse, stream of consciousness).”
  • Lafayette by Nathan Hale: It was so much fun to read Lafayette’s story since I only knew aspects of his history from high school history class and Hamilton.
  • With Trent:
    • Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler: What a beautiful story to read to celebrate spring. Read by Michelle Obama on her story time.
    • The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli: We’ve been watching Standby Book Club with Greg Pizzoli, but we kept missing this one. We were so glad that he reread it.
    • My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete: Such a sweet story about siblings, one with autism.
    • Much else of what we’re reading right now are either chapter books or rereads (primarily of Mac Barnett, Josh Funk, Kate Messner, or Oliver Jeffers books because we watch their storytimes!).
    • Trent has also been reading to us! This week he read Fox the Tiger  by Corey R. Tabor, Harold and Hot Pretend for Real by Dan Santat, and The Good for Nothing Button by Charise Mericle Harper.

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


The boys and I tried out the library’s overdrive because we were looking for some new books for the oldest to read aloud. The books we were looking for weren’t available, but we found a lot of amazing alternatives! How Many Jelly Beans? offered some great number sense. They loved the DC Super Friends: Bizarro Day and Star Wars Sith Wars books.

Our shared favorites were A Pig, A Fox, and a Box by Jonathan Fenske (very funny!) and The Doghouse by Jan Thomas. We’ve put holds on a few other books by these two authors but we may be in for a long wait.

My oldest loves anything history or autobiography, so he liked listening to Magic Treehouse’s Fact Tracker: Abraham Lincoln. We’ve read Hope’s Gift by Kelly Starling Lyons three times this week because he likes learning about the Civil War.

We’ve read other books in Stacy McAnulty’s companion series, but we hadn’t read Earth! yet. It was just as amazing as the others. This is one of our favorite science series.



  • Reading and Listening: I don’t know… I’ve been on a graphic novel kick to keep my engagement up, but who knows what I’ll turn to.
  • Listening with Trent: Unicorn Rescue Society: The Creature in the Pine by Adam Gidwitz (finishing this week for book club)
  • Reading with Trent: Rosie Revere and the Caucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty (starting for our other book club)


We are going to explore the Kindle Overdrive options our library offers some more. The library is starting to offer curbside pickup in a week, and we may try to brave it and leave the books to settle for a few days before we open them up.


Tuesday: Blog Tour with Q&A and Giveaway!: One Last Shot by John David Anderson

Thursday: Ricki’s Lessons Learned from Teaching my Kindergartener Stop Animation

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Engaging Reluctant Readers” by Sarah S. Reida, Author of All Sales Final


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!

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2 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/11/20”

  1. I still have quite a few of my own books to read, but have checked & others I’d like to read are at my library as e-books. I won’t run out! You all continue to add more to my list, so thanks for that! Have a good week ahead!

  2. Kellee~ I’m really glad to hear more about BenBee and the Teacher Griefer. So far, it’s sounding like an excellent read. Can’t wait!

    Ricki~ I’ve loved other books in McAnulty’s Our Universe series, but I haven’t yet read Earth. I have no doubt it will be just as great as the others. Thanks for reminding me to find a copy!


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