It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/12/21


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: Aven Green, Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling

Thursday: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

Sunday: Author Lori Alexander Introduces A Sporting Chance: How Paralympics Founder Ludwig Guttman Saved Lives with Sports and its Teaching Guide

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I will be reviewing Rescue at Lake Wild and It Doesn’t Take a Genius on the blog this week and in a couple of weeks 🙂

  • I have finished all of the Promised Neverland, and now I have to wait until May then July to get the last two mangas! I am so distraught! I am happy that 18 ended with a bit of a conclusion of one story though.
  • Since mangas are the HOT topic in the library right now, I am trying to read any that have been deemed maybe middle school appropriate, so I read Cells at Work and Fruits Basket these last two weeks, and I am happy to say that they are now both in my school library making kids super happy!
  • Apple by Eric Gansworth is such an important book! I hope that many a high school English (and history!) teacher are pulling excerpts out to use in their classrooms! Gansworth knows how to craft a poem and a book of poems (make sure to read the notes at the end for complete understanding of the book’s structure). 
  • Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton is such an engaging, informative, and sad read. It is a good insight into schizophrenia, which is not often shared in young adult books, and loving someone with a mental illness.
  • Edmund, the Elephant Who Forgot by Kate Dalgleish, illustrated by Isobel Lundie is so silly! I love the rhyming fun as Edmund’s friend tries to help Edmund remember what to get for his brother’s birthday party, but his help ends up possibly making it worse leading to quite a disaster at the end.
  • The Little Spacecraft Who Could: New Horizons’ Amazing Journey to Pluto and Arrokoth by Joyce Lapin, illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli has so much going for it! It has a fun narrative about the space craft, but is also full of science and history about the New Horizons mission. I loved the side bars about dwarf planets, mythology, space craft parts, and more–it adds a whole other level to the book.

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


I finished Wishtree by Katherine Applegate with my 7yo. I’ve always wanted to read this book, and I am glad I (we) did. It offers such a respect for the land, and this really touched my heart. Today, my partner tied a rope around a tree to pull out a dead shrub. My 7yo became frantic because he thought my partner was going to tear down the tree. The book made a lasting impact on him! I love how the book also teaches about immigration and kindness.

I also finished Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. I love, loved this book, and I am going to review it in full on Thursday.



I’m reading: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’m listening to: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

I’m reading during family reading time: Big Hero 6 (Manga) Volume 1 by Haruki Ueno

Trent and I are reading: Captain Underpants #5 by Dav Pilkey

Trent is reading during family reading time: Unicorn of Many Hats by Dana Simpson


I am reading with my ears: Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (I’ve read it previously, but I wanted to listen on audio.)

I am reading with my eyes: Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

I am listening with the kids: When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

7yo is reading to me: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen



Tuesday: It Doesn’t Take a Genius by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Thursday: Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Mel Darbon, Author of Rosie Loves Jack


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 4/12/21”

  1. Kellee, I picked up Apple last week and have to find time to read it. I’m so excited that you are reading Six of Crows.
    Rickie, Since you give it such a wonderful review, I will contemplate having another go at Furia some day.
    Happy reading this week.

  2. What a great set of books! Kellee, it’s neat that you’re reading a bunch of manga—I actually read the Fruits Basket series several years ago, and as crazy as some of the later books were, they really were addictive! The Little Spacecraft That Could sounds wonderful as well, especially since I’ve always been fascinated by space probes. Ricki, I completely agree about Wishtree—it is a wonderful story! Thank you both for the great post and round-up!

  3. Kellee, thank you for your review of “The Little Spacecraft That Could!” I appreciate your kind words and your help in introducing this story to space-loving children. Best wishes to you and your readers for a wonderful summer!


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