It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/17/20


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:  Build a Castle: 64 Slot-Together Cards for Creative Fun by Pail Farrell

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Four Ways to Help Reluctant Readers” by Fleur Bradley, Author of Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

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With this being the first week back with students, I did read every night but I didn’t finish anything because I fell asleep reading every night! At least I don’t feel like I’m in a rut anymore, I’m loving reading again!, but I just can’t stay awake!! 🙂

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


I read a lot of great books this week!

  • Our World: A First Book of Geography by Sue Lowell Gallion is cleverly constructed! It opens into a globe! I’ll be reviewing it in full tomorrow.
  • Give It! by Cinders McLeod is just as great as the other books in the series. My kids love learning math with these books.
  • If you haven’t checked out Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies (edited by Paris & Alim) or Race, Justice, and Activism in Literacy Education (edited by Valerie Kinloch, Tanja Burkard, and Carlotta Penn), I highly, HIGHLY recommend both of these texts. Both made me rethink my pedagogy, and I am excited to share them with teacher education students.
  • Felix and the Monsters by Monica Holtsclaw looks at the walls we create and why they might need to come down (a very relevant theme these days!).
  • My kids loved Butts are Everywhere by Jonathan Stutzman. They laughed quite a bit.
  • I sobbed as I read Our Subway Baby by Peter Mercurio. It’s based on a true story, which made me sob harder.
  • Bunheads by Misty Copeland is a lovely story and a perfect gift for lovers of dance.
  • This Way, Charlie by Caron Levis is a stunning, beautifully quiet text. It was really, really fun to read aloud. It’s quite literary.
  • The Seed of Compassion by the Dalai Lama teaches powerful lessons of being compassionate. It is very well done.
  • I loved the illustrations and message of Alba and the Ocean Cleanup by Lara Hawthorne.
  • And The Wanderer by Peter van den Ende is absolutely breathtaking. The illustrations (which are based on an epic dream) are wildly artistic. This is a book that you could read one hundred times and still find details that captivate you.



Currently Reading: The Colossus of Roads by Christina Uss

Currently Listening to: This is my Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio

Reading with Trent: Whatever he chooses each night


I just started New Kid by Jerry Craft yesterday, and I am loving it. I read half last night and plan to finish it tonight!


Tuesday: Our World: A First Book of Geography by Sue Lowell Gallion, Illustrated by Lisk Feng

Thursday: Blog Tour with Reviews and Book Trailer: Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast: Short & Sweet by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Brandon Kearney

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill


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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5 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/17/20”

  1. I’m looking forward to a few of the books mentioned here including Bunheads and Our Subway Baby. I just read Midnight at the Barclay Hotel and thought it was a lot of fun.

  2. I can definitely relate to being so busy that I don’t have time to read or to finish the books I’ve started! Our Subway Baby sounds great. Thanks for the great post!


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