It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/1/21


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: Review, Book Trailer, and Giveaway!: The Stuff Between Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered MOST of the Universe by Sandra Nickel, Illustrated by Aimée Skuro

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars by Laurie Wallmark, Illustrated by Brooke Smart

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas

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As you can tell, I am LOVING the Promised Neverland series. I have a student who is feeding my habit. I am about to read book 9, and I am SUCKED IN! I look forward to finishing through book 18 and waiting for 19 & 20–then I am going to watch the Anime!

I read the two newest Alex Rider books, one a continuation of the series and one a short story anthology, and it reminded me just how much I adore this series. Each book just grabs me and surprises me. And thankful, from Anthony Horowitz on Twitter, there is another book coming!

I listened to The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert, and it was a wonderful book looking not only at racial microaggressions and growing up as a Black girl in a primarily white town, but it has a great mystery and realistic middle school drama wrapped in.

On the Horizon by Lois Lowry is a memoir and historical nonfiction book-in-verse that combines Lois Lowry’s childhood memories, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the bombing of Hiroshima in a truly emotion-draining, truth-telling, heart-wrenching book.

Trent read Cat Kid’s Comic Book Club during our nightly weekday reading time, and when he finished he asked me to read it. It was the first Dav Pilkey book that we haven’t read together, so he wanted me to read it so we could talk about it. It is such a clever concept (like all of Pilkey’s books!) and just so silly. Building on the Pilkey love, we listened to Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot #1 and Captain Underpants #1 together this week also.

The newest HiLo book is probably my favorite in the series so far! Gina is such a good character, and I am loving the character arc. I read this in one sitting before bringing it to school for students to enjoy.

All the Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson is a much needed memoir as I do not think there is any other book out there like this one and it is going to be an important book for so many. And I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author which made the story telling even better!

The She Persisted chapter books are a series I am so excited about! Finally, a series that focuses on women and their amazing accomplishments for young readers. The first two, about Claudette Colvin and Harriet Tubman, are great introductions to these amazing women and definitely worth reading.

Killing November by Adriana Mather is a teenage illuminati book that is so suspenseful and quite a mystery. I cannot wait to read book 2!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.



It was a busy week with some new research projects, but my 4yo and I read and loved Arlo & Pips: King of the Birds. It wonderfully integrates facts about crows! We also read Let Liberty Rise! by Chana Stiefel. This is a really neat book that shares a slice of history. I’ll be reviewing it on Thursday!



Reading: Hunting November by Adriana Mather & Promised Neverland

Casually Reading: Pokémon Super Deluxe Essential Handbook

Going to start listening to: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani


I am really enjoying The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. I’m listening to it and am thinking I might even read it in print afterwards. How beautiful is the cover of this book?


Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: Let Liberty Rise: How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty by Chana Stiefl, Illustrated by Chuck Groenick


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5 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/1/21”

  1. I can’t wait to read the She Persisted chapter books but you know me I feel like I need to read a bunch of them one after another. Luckily, there should be three titles out now so I can binge-read.

  2. I have been eyeing the HiLo books for my daughter. She loves graphic novels. I’m really interested in The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert and will have to keep my eye for it when it comes out in paperback next month.

    My husband and daughter are big Pokémon fans here and have enjoyed the Super Deluxe Essential Handbook as a resource.

    I am reading The Gilded Ones right now and loving it too.

    I hope you have a great week!

  3. I liked The Only Black Girls in Town, too, and love seeing all your list, Kellee. Ricki, The Gilded Ones is a new title to me. I will look for it! Happy March to both of you! Spring is on its way!

  4. What a great set of books! All Boys Aren’t Blue is on my bookshelf—hopefully I’ll get a chance to read it at some point! Thank you both for the great post and the round-up!


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