It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/14/20


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!


Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “The Truth Will Set You Free” by Andrew Avner, Author of Toro

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  • I am unable to review the novels I read these last couple of weeks because of my award committee commitment, so please check Goodreads to learn about any of them: Tune it Out, The Extraordinariesand Quack.
  • Picture books with Trent
    • Lali’s Feathers by Farhana Zia: A beautiful book about not judging things by first impressions.
    • My Book (Not Yours) by Ben Sanders: Fox and Sloth cannot decide whose book it is. It does not end well.
    • Feast of Peas by Kashmira Sheth: I have the song in this book memorized because Trent LOVES it! It is a story of forgiveness and the love of peas.
    • Another Book About Bears by Lauren Bunting: Although this is another book about bears it is just another book about bears. It is unlike any other and you will love it!
    • Rot, The Bravest in the World by Ben Clanton: A cute continuation of Rot’s story!
    • Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale by Sam Wedelich: Another recent favorite of Trent’s. It takes the story of Chicken Little then twists and turns it.
    • The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright: A good book to use to talk to kids about worries.
    • All Because You Matter by Tami Charles: B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L! Both the lyrical prose and the jaw-dropping artwork combine for a hard-hitting picture book.
    • When Father Comes Home by Sarah Jung: Based on a South Korean term about a Goose Father, this story looks at the highs and lows of a father that works far away.
    • Binny Diwali by Thrity Umrigar: What a beautiful introduction to Diwali! It is a great teachable book but also a good story.
    • Addy’s Cup of Sugar by Jon J. Muth: This is based on a Buddhist folktale about loss. Beautiful illustrations!
    • Idea Jar by Adam Lehrhaupt: Trent loves the silliness of this book while I love the neverending ideas it brings.
    • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi: Kendi did an amazing job taking the ideas of his adult text and turning it into a picture book.
    • A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory: What a perfect picture book to start a conversation about racism.
    • Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey: Silly silly silly. Trent adores it, and although I did too, I just don’t think piranhas and bananas rhymes!
  • Chapter Books with Trent:
    • Pete the Cat: Pete the Brave by James Dean: One of my more favorite Pete the Cat early readers.
    • Fergus and Zeke and the Field Day Challenge by Kate Messner: Another Fergus and Zeke–yay! I love these two little mice and all of their antics!
  • I have a question for parents: How do you keep track of the books your child reads themselves? I’ve kept track of everything that Trent and I read together, but now that he is reading alone, I want to keep track of the books he reads himself, but I don’t want to do it on MY Goodreads if I didn’t read it with him…

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


I am sorry—I have two weeks to get my book finished, so I will return ASAP! We’ve been reading a lot of new books, and I promise to share them all soon!



Reading: Never Fear, Meena’s Here! by Karla Manternach

Listening: Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab

Reading with Trent: Dog Man: Grime and Punishment by Dav Pilkey


Tuesday: The Magnificent Makers: How to Test a Friendship by Theanne Griffith, Illustrated by Reggie Brown

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Victor Hinojosa and Coert Voorhees, Authors of A Journey Toward Hope


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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6 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/14/20”

  1. How did I miss Rot, the Bravest in the World!? I’m adding that to my list, tonight. And I’ll look forward to hearing what you have to share about Breath Like Water next week. I’ve considered picking this one up. Have a great reading week you two!

  2. When my kids started reading independently, I tried to talk them into keeping a list (I could have made them goodreads accounts, or I had other options) and they pushed back. I reluctantly decided that it was their decision, even if they were making a terrible choice that everyone would regret later.

    So no advice for you! But options were to use LibraryThing for them, or make a goodreads account using an email address that you intend to hand over, or being unethical about ages when signing up for things.

  3. I am falling very far behind in my picture book reading Kellee. I see all these on your list and my heart aches a bit.
    I have no advice for you about keeping track of Trent’s books. Does he want to keep a record?

  4. So many good looking books! I have encouraged my daughter (10yo) to keep track. I set up her own GoodReads account so she could track and mark books that she is interested in for the future. She doesn’t really use it though! I’m hoping one day it’ll stick.


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