It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/23/2021


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

Saturday: Puzzles from Sandra Boynton

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  • We’re reviewing both Violets are Blue by Barbara Dee and Stowaway by John David Anderson this week, and I cannot wait to tell you about them. I can promise you, if you are at a middle school, you definitely want both!
  • Trent and I had an unexpected like 3 hours in the car together on Tuesday & Wednesday, so we finished two I Survived books by Lauren Tarshis: Hurricane Katrina & San Francisco Earthquake. I think Hurricane Katrina is my favorite one yet, but both were very good. I really love this series!
  • King and the Dragon Flies by Kacen Callender was about loss, racism, abuse, identity, family, and friendship–just so much in this little book. Additionally, it is really well written, and the audiobook was produced brilliantly. I really ended up liking it.

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


My 7-year-old and I have been reading Black Boy Joy, edited by Kwame Mbalia, for several weeks. We read about 1/2 a story each night. Between his dad reading to him and life, we are just at the end now. It has been such a rewarding experience. I cannot recommend this book enough to parents and teachers. Each story is different from the next, and we’ve found great joy in talking about the moral of each story along with the differences across the stories.



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

Reading during family reading time: Orange (The Complete Collection, Volume 2) by Ichigo Takano

Trent reading during family reading time: Caveboy Dave: Not so Faboo by Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Phil McAndrew

Jim reading during family reading time: Fables Vol 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham

Listening: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


I started This is My Brain in Love by I. W. Gregorio about three months ago. Halfway through the book, I knew I wanted it on my syllabus. So I added it and then paused the book to check out a few others that were recently published to ensure that I had a syllabus with the most recent texts. I am finishing it this week, and it is just so well done. I love this book!


Tuesday: Blog Tour with Review: Stowaway by John David Anderson

Thursday: Violets are Blue by Barbara Dee

Sunday: Author’s Guest Post: “Spreading Hope and Optimism with STEM Picture Books” by Linda Zajac, Author of Robo-Motion: Robots that Move Like Animals


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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1 thought on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/23/2021”

  1. Kellee, both of those books you’re reviewing this week look great! And I really need to get King and the Dragonflies read—it’s waiting on my bookshelves. And I hope your unexpected 3 hours in the car wasn’t a bad thing!

    Ricki, I’ve heard great things about Black Boy Joy and This Is My Brain in Love, and I’m so glad both of them really worked for you! Thank you both for the great post and round-up!


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