It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/17/21


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: Educators’ Guide for The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

Friday: Watercress by Andrea Wang, Illustrated by Jason Chin

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “I Write About the Real World and Real Feelings… by Using Magic” by Corey Ann Haydu, Author of Hand-Me-Down Magic Series

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As I’ve shared, I am taking the rest of May and the beginning of June off. I plan to be back on June 21st–see you then!

To keep up with what I am reading, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.


Thanks for your patience as I navigated the last few weeks. I was visiting family, and the semester was ending, so it has been so busy! I am excited to share these books with you!

The Truth about Parrots: Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals by Maxwell Eaton III is a highly engaging nonfiction book. Both my 7yo and 4yo loved it and laughed a lot. We will be getting the other books in this series, for sure.

Dessert Island by Ben Zhu is a great picture book about a monkey on dessert island and a fox on desert island. It gave a very fun way for me to teach the difference in spelling to my kids!

You must get Little Lunch Truck by Charles Beyl if you children love vehicle books (and they will love it even if they don’t like vehicle books). I loved reading this one aloud to my children. I suspect this one will be very popular when it comes out.

Oddbird by Derek Desierto is about a gray bird who doesn’t fit in because his feathers aren’t colorful. He attaches colored feathers to fool the other birds. A charming book that teaches a great lesson in the end.

Nick Bruel’s latest installment of the Bad Kitty series, Bedtime for Bad Kitty, is sure to please his followers!

The One and Only Sparkella by Channing Tatum (Yes, THE Channing Tatum) shares the story of a girl who loves to sparkle and doesn’t feel like she fits in at her new school.

Memory Jars by Vera Brosgol tells the story of a girl who, following her grandfather’s death, wants to keep everything she loves most in a jar. This interesting concept will offer space for conversations about grief.

Starboy: Inspired by the Life and Lyrics of David Bowie by Jami Gigot is cleverly done and quite abstract. Lovers of David Bowie (and those who don’t know him at all) will adore this inspired text.

My kids really enjoyed The Pout-Pout Fish and the Mad, Mad Day by Deborah Diesen. I love this series, and it always makes me smile.

Drop everything and read Tae Keller’s When You Trap a Tiger if you haven’t read it yet. My kids and I listened to it on the drive to school each day, and we really looked forward to it each morning. I highly recommend it.

Check out my full review for Watercress by Andrea Wang last Friday! It’s a stunning picture book.

My kids can’t get enough of Jory John’s books. They laughed and giggled at The Great Eggscape!, which we took out from the library.

Truman by Jean Reidy tells the story of a tortoise who adventures bravely across the living room. Just thinking about this book makes me smile!

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo…I just can’t even summarize this book in a sentence, so I will review it this Thursday. It’s so, so good.

Triceratopposite by Bridget Heos tells the story of a dinosaur who does the opposite of what his parents ask him to do.

My two sons adored the middle grade novel Bedhead Ted by Scott SanGiacomo. No matter what Ted does, he cannot tame his hair, and during the course of the book, he learns that it actually has a superpower!



My 7yo and I are reading Stamped (for Kids) by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi together. He is really liking it so far.

I am listening to Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson.

I am reading Home is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo.


Thursday: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “7 Ways to Get Your Child Who Reads Less Frequently to Read More” by Paul Lonardo, Author of The Goblin Pitcher


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 5/17/21”

  1. Ricki, it sounds like you’ve read some great books recently! I still haven’t had a chance to read When You Trap a Tiger, but I’ll try to cram it in over the summer! Memory Jars sounds great as well—I’ve enjoyed Brosgol’s graphic novels but haven’t seen her picture books, so I’ll have to take a look at that one! Thank you both so much for the great post and round-up!

  2. So many great books this week I don’t know which one to comment on. Although, I do see that you read and are posting about the newest Walden Award winner so I’m looking forward to reading that. 🙂

  3. Hi Ricki, I really appreciated your mentioning The Pout-Pout Fish. It was my granddaughter’s favourite book for a while and brought back sweet memories. I agree that When You Trap a Tiger is a stunning read. Clap When You Land is a fabulous audiobook. I have just started reading Love is a Revolution so it will be interesting to compare notes about it next week.


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