It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/9/21


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: Juan Hormiga by Gustavo Roldán, Translated by Robert Croll

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Using Anthologies to Teach Writing” by Rochelle Melander, Author of Mightier than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World Through Writing

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  • Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner review of Jukebox sent me on a mission to read the book. I loved the sci-fi aspect of the story a lot, but add in family communication, sexual identity, music, history, and representation = a wonderful book for so many! AND the playlist is on Spotify!
  • Unicorn Rescue Society: Secret of the Himalayas by Adam Gidwitz & Hena Khan: I love what the Unicorn Rescue Society has become! Adam Gidwitz is finding amazing co-authors to help tell mythical stories from all over the world. This one was especially magical as we visited the Himalayas with the hopes of finally finding a unicorn. Like the rest of the series, I listened to it, and the audiobooks never disappoint.
  • Check, Please!, Book 2: Sticks and Stones by Ngozi Ukazu: Book two of this series picks up right where book 1 left off, so I can’t tell you too much without spoiling the first book, but how can I not love a book about baking, love, and hockey?!?!
  • Read with Trent:
    • Except Antarctica by Todd Sturgell: I am a sucker for this type of humor where the characters and the narrator interact. And on top of that, it is informative about animals?! Win!
    • We Want a Dog by Lo Cole: I was a big fan of these illustrations! It reminded me of Harry the Dirty Dog in style a bit. The story though is not what you expect and the twist at the end made Trent and I laugh out loud.
    • Beaver and Otter Get Along…Sort of: A Story of Grit and Patience Between Neighbors by Sneed Collard III, Illustrations by Meg Sodano: As a huge animal fan, Trent really liked this one and learning about the ecosystems that beavers make and how otters are disgruntledly part of it. I know it says that the book is about grit and patience BETWEEN neighbors, but it is really about beavers putting up with otters’ shenanigans.
    • Too Crowded by Lena Podesta: Although all books with fish in a fish bowl makes me sad, I did like this journey and the message of finding a friend makes a situation better.
    • The Little Butterfly That Could by Ross Burach: Burach’s sequel to the impatient caterpillar is funny in the same way, and it is set up for a 3rd book–here’s hoping!
    • Too Many Bubbles: A Story about Mindfulness by Christine Peck, Illustrated by Mags Deroma: A good introduction about mindfulness. Will be best with young kids as a scaffold to more detailed picture books about meditation and mindfulness. The illustrations were a favorite!

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


These two picture books are due out in September and October, and I can’t wait to see them on bookstore shelves.

In Looking for a Jumbie, written by Tracey Baptiste and illustrated by Amber Ren, Naya decides she is going to go out in the night to find a jumbie—something creepy that Mama says only exists in stories. The book is magical and delightful. It’s one I could read again and again.

In A Hundred Thousand Welcomes by Mary Lee Donovan and illustrated by Lian Cho, readers are introduced to the word “Welcome” in 14 different languages, with beautiful illustrations of different cultural settings. New connections, new friendships—the book celebrates language and cultural difference.



Reading: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia]

Also reading: Threads of Peace: How Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Changed the World by Uma Krishnaswami

Reading during family reading time: The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home, Part 1 by Kanata Konami, Translated by Ed Chavez

Trent reading during family reading time: The Bird & Squirrel series (he is on book 4 of the series)

Jim is reading during family reading time: Disney Kingdom’s Seekers of the Weird by Brandon Seifert, Illustrated by Karl Moline & Filipe Andrade

Listening: Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson, Lyrics by Malik “Malik-16” Sharif

Trent and I listening to: I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis


My tenure file is due this week, so I will do my very best to read during breaks in the action!


Tuesday: August 10 for 10: Kellee’s Favorite Fairy Tale or Nursery Rhyme Inspired Picture Books

Sunday: “The Case for Graphic Novels and Chapter Books” by Dusti Bowling, author of Aven Green, Baking Machine


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 8/9/21”

  1. I have Except Antarctica in my list this week, too. So humorous! A Hundred Thousand Welcomes sounds like one I must check out!

  2. Kellee, you’ve reminded me again that I really need to read Jukebox! And I had no idea there was an actual playlist for it—how cool! My sibling really likes the Check, Please books as well, but I haven’t had a chance to try them. And I remember, on another post when you were recommending manga, I was trying to figure out the other manga I vaguely remembered reading once upon a time—and it was Chi’s Sweet Home! I hope you enjoy that one.

    Ricki, both of the picture books you’ve recommended look so lovely! And I wish you tons of good luck with your tenure file—I hope that goes well! Thanks so much to both of you for the wonderful post and round-up, as always!

    • I felt like mentioning that I started Jukebox today at your recommendation, and I’m really liking it so far—thanks again!


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