It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 2/1/21


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: Schneider Family Book Awards

Thursday: Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep: 50 Award-Winning Children’s Book Authors Share the Secret of Engaging Writing edited by Melissa Stewart

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Vivian McInerny, Author of The Whole Hole Story

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  • Starfish by Lisa Fipps gave me so many feels! It is a story of a young girl who is SO tired of being fat-shamed when she is not ashamed of being fat, but it seems like everyone else has an issue with it–including her family. Beautifully written and heartfelt.
  • Diana Princess of the Amazons by Shannon Hale and Dead Hale is a fun young Wonder Woman graphic novel.
  • Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson is the sequel to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and picks up RIGHT after the first book, even continuing the trials from the first book’s case; however, this novel brings us another mystery that Pip gets pulled into and it is life or death.
  • The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad & S.K. Ali with illustrations by Hatem Aly is such an exquisite book, not only in illustrations (I mean–look at that cover!) and story but in inclusion. This book was a window for my son which led to amazing conversations but will be a mirror for so many kids.
  • The Little Blue Bridge by Brenda Maier, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez is a fun twist on “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” with a fun, sassy young protagonist!

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


I read and loved Mahogany L. Browne’s Chlorine Sky. I wish this book existed while I was teaching high school. I know so many students who would have benefited from it. I am so glad it is out in the world now, and I know it will really reach a lot of readers.

I REREAD Dear Martin by Nic Stone because my preservice teachers are pairing up with high schoolers who are reading this book. Ahhh, I love this book even more every time I read it. It’s simply phenomenal.

I loved Deborah Wiles’ We Are All Under One Wide Sky. It has great representation, and the concept is wonderful. This book is a great reminder to adults and children alike. Andrea Stegmaier does a lovely job with the illustrations!

I really enjoyed Cranky Right Now by Julie Berry. Holly Hatam’s illustrations are fantastic and made me smile. I know the perfect kid for this book, and I can’t wait to read it to him.



Reading with Trent: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Reading: (Don’t) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen

Listening: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart


Reading: Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Listening: We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

Reading with 7yo: When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed



Tuesday: First Day of Unicorn School by Jess Hernandez, illustrated by Mariano Epelbaum

Thursday: Who Loves the Dragon? by Bianca Schulze, illustrated by Samara Hardy

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Asking the Important Questions about Action Scenes” by Matt Wallace, Author of Bump


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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4 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 2/1/21”

  1. Kellee~ I’m so glad to be hearing such great feedback on Starfish by Lisa Fipps. I hope we get a copy in SOON!

    Ricki~ I have We Are Not Free on my #MustReadin2021 list, so I hope you love it! And I adored When Stars Are Scattered — I’ll look forward to hearing what your 7 year old thinks of it.

  2. What a great set of books! I’m hoping to get to Dear Martin very soon—it’s ridiculous that it’s taken me this long, honestly. Thanks for the wonderful post!

  3. Hi Kellee, I just picked The Proudest Blue up from my library today.
    Rickie, I have just requested We Are All Under One Wide Sky from Netgalley. I adore everything Deborah Wiles writes. I’ve also added Chlorine Sky to my list.


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