It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/19/21


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

Thursday: Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “The Importance of Empathy” by Mel Darbon, Author of Rosie Loves Jack

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My students are OBSESSED with mangas, so I am trying to read as many as I can to see if they are something I want to curate for my library. In my journey, a student recommended the Big Hero 6 manga by Haruki Ueno, and I was able to find them at my public library. They are so much fun–a perfect mix of changes from the movie and all of the feels of the movie.

Trent and I also finished listening to the 5th Captain Underpants. Onto the 6th!

Little Witch Academia by Yoh Yoshinari is another manga series that was recommended to me, and I found at the public library, and it is a cute witch academy story with adventure, school drama, and a funny protagonist.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is the first in a duology but also a continuation of Shadow & Bone, and this heist book was amazing! Ended on a drastic cliffhanger which is why you’ll see Crooked Kingdom on my currently reading list.

I’ll be reviewing Pippa Park for you this week!

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko is definitely one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read. I loved everything about it: the characters, the world, the traditions, the conflict… everything. And the audiobook was beautiful! I especially loved hearing the songs sung.

While working on my #MustReadin2021 post, I realized that I, for whatever reason, didn’t mark A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée as read, so I never shared it here on IMWAYR! I couldn’t let that past, even though I did finish it at least a month ago:

A Good Kind of Trouble is a perfect middle school book! It looks at changing identities, what true friends are like, and advocating for yourself.

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


My kids loved Yes & No by Elisha Cooper. The grumpy morning cat reminded my 4yo of himself, and the energetic morning dog felt very much like my 7yo. They laughed and laughed and then asked to read it again.

Sunrise Summer by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr offers readers a glimpse of what a summer would be like on the Alaskan tundra. This would be a great book to read in the first week of school as students reflect on what they did over the summer. This untraditional, hard-working summer is a great story.

Jerry Craft is an amazing graphic novelist. I loved New Kid, and this companion was wonderfully written. The messages and themes will stick with readers. I recommend this one to those who haven’t read it yet! (I know it came out last year, and I am behind on reading it! I regret not reading it sooner!)

This was my SECOND time reading The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley—this time with my ears. Gosh, this story is stunning, and I expect I’ll be reading it a third time. I am adopting this one for my course in the fall and can’t wait to talk about it with students.



Reading: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Reading during family reading time: Little Witch Academia Vol 3 by Yoh Yoshinari

Trent reading during family reading time: Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson

Jim reading during family reading time: Fables Vol 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham

Listening: This Train is Being Held by Ismée Willems

Trent and I listening to: Captain Underpants #6 by Dav Pilkey


I am reading several books at once (and one with each child), but I’ll comment on one I am LOVING, which is Charming as a Verby by Ben Philippe. In fact, writing this post is making me a bit antsy because I want to get back to this book. So, goodnight, all!


Tuesday: Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun

Thursday: #MustReadin2021 Update

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen


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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3 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/19/21”

  1. What a wonderful set of books! Kellee, the Big Hero 6 manga sounds great—it makes me wonder if I should rewatch the movie, since I recall liking it (though I was distracted, since we saw it with visiting family we were trying to keep busy!). I’m curious to see your thoughts on Pippa Park Raises Her Game, which I haven’t read—I finally subscribed to the site by email, so I’ll keep an eye out for it!

    Ricki, I’m glad you had a chance to read Class Act—although I didn’t love it as much as New Kid, it has some excellent messages and is far from a rehashing of the first book. The Firekeeper’s Daughter sounds great as well!

    Thank you both for this wonderful post and for the wonderful #IMWAYR roundup—it’s always fun each week to see other people enjoying books and sharing that enjoyment with others!


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