It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 6/28/21


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: Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alicia D. Williams, Illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani

Sunday: Student Voices by Kellee’s Students of the Past & Present: “Shadow and Bone: Readers vs. Non-Readers” by Amy Calvo, Rising 10th Grader

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  • Bloom by Kenneth Oppel was the last SSYRA book that I had to read, and I am glad I saved it for last because I wanted to read the next two in the trilogy AS SOON AS I FINISHED! What an intense sci-fi novel! Kenneth Oppel, once again, does not disappoint and kept me intrigued, engaged, and interested until the very end!
  • The Who Would Win? series is a favorite in our household. It is a perfect mix of nonfiction and narrative that is perfect for my science and book loving son!
  • I WAS APPROVED FOR THE PROMISED NEVERLAND VOLUME 20 E-GALLEY!!! 😲😮😯 I was so excited to read the finale of the series, and BOY will fans not be disappointed by the conclusion. Just as wonderful as the rest of the series!
  • Trent chose one night of bedtime stories to be unicorn focused, so we read It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn by Jason Tharp, Unicorns 101 by Cale Atkinson, Nerdycorn by Andrew Root, and Unicorns are the Worst by Alex Willan. All 4 books are so different, so colorful, and so fun! Nerdycorn was new to us, and we loved the message of this book, while the other 3 are old favorites.

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


The Caiman by María Eugenia Manrique was first published in Venezuela and feels like a beautiful, classic story. I can see why this book was translated—it is one that will stick with me. The illustrations are quite magical. I loved reading it with my children.

I read Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian and instantly put it on my syllabus for next semester. This book is so important and will offer powerful classroom discussions.



Reading: Secondhand Dogs by Carolyn Crimi

Listening: Upside-Down Magic: Night Owl by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins


My son is reading Whitney Gardener’s Long Distance to me, and we are really enjoying it.

I just started Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau last night and like it a lot so far.



Tuesday: #MustReadin2021 Summer Update!

Thursday: The Caiman by María Eugenia Manrique, Illustrated by Ramón París

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Sunday: Student Voices: “BookTok” by Angelina Dong, Rising 10th Grader


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 6/28/21”

  1. What a great set of books! Kellee, I’m glad the finale to Promised Neverland was enjoyable! Bloom, Hatch, and Thrive sound great as well. Ricki, I bought a copy of Like a Love Story and hope to get to it soon. I really enjoyed Bloom (the graphic novel), and there’s a sequel coming out in a few years! And Long Distance and The Caiman sound great as well. I look forward to the review of The Mysterious Benedict Society—I love that book! Thank you both so much for the great post and link round-up!

  2. Kellee, I love Trent’s choice of unicorn books. Well played. 🙂

    Ricki, I’m so glad that you found Like a Love Story impactful and important enough to include in your course syllabus. And it’s a Walden finalist to boot. 🙂


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