It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/6/21


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: Kellee’s #MustReadin2021 Fall Update!

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: Magic Candies by Heena Baek, Translated by Sophie Bowman

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  • Before I share the 3 graphic novels I read, I want to just share how truly awesome it is that there are graphic novels like there now! When I was younger, I loved comics, but the only easily accessible ones were Archie, which I loved, but I cannot even imagine if I had access to all that exists today!
    • Ms. Marvel: Stretched Thin by Nadia Shammas, Illustrated by Nabi H. Ali: This new Ms. Marvel graphic novel definitely brings humanity to our super hero as Kamala deals with so much not only as Ms. Marvel but in her life. I loved the complete characterization of Kamala and learning more about her home life. I also liked the teamwork represented in the story to take on the villain.
    • Sunny Makes a Splash by Jenni L. Holm, Illustrated by Matthew Holm: This may be my favorite Sunny book yet! Sunny is coming into her own and figuring out who she is which is so fun to watch!
    • Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin A. Reynolds, Illustrated by Pablo Leon: From the same new Scholastic Marvel series as Stretched Thin and similarly, Shock Waves shows us more about Miles’s life both at home and as Spiderman and how to balance it all. In addition, I really liked the villain story, and I’m excited to see how it continues.
  • Trent and I also read some great picture books at bedtime this week!
    • How Did Humans Go Extinct? by Johnny Marciano, Illustrated by Paul Hoppe: This book takes place 10 million years in the future where a frog-like creature is now the dominant species on Earth and Humans are an exhibit at their Natural History Museum. The curious protagonist loves learning about Humans and is so curious about what happened to them and this leads to a wonderful bedtime conversation. I love the curiosity this book exhibits as well as the reflection it will cause about our impact on Earth.
    • Our Table by Peter H. Reynolds: Peter H. Reynolds is brilliant. He writes such beautiful books, and each one is just as wonderful as the last one. Our Table looks at being present and the importance of family.
    • The Little Blue Bridge by Brenda Maier: A fun retelling of the three billy goats gruff where one again Ruby proves that her brothers underestimate her. I love Ruby as a character–she doesn’t give up and she is so innovative! I just wish her brothers would get with the program.
    • The Goose Egg by Liz Wong: This is a favorite picture book of Trent’s! I love the pun of a goose egg literally! Also, I like that this is like Mother Bruce but Henrietta loves her goose with all her heart.

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


I read some great new picture books this week. My Two Border Towns by David Bowles is remarkably well done. I will be using this one in my classes. It tells the story of a boy who regularly travels to the other side of the US-Mexican border. Before they go home, they check with friends seeking asylum.

Without Separation:Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alvarez by Larry Dane Brimner tells the true story of Roberto Alvarez. Roberto was no longer allowed to attend his school in 1937, when the townspeople tried to segregate the Mexican American children from the white children. The book follows the court case.

Boogie Boogie Y’all by C.G. Esperanza highlights the Boogie Down Bronx in its beauty. The book follows a great beat and the art flows off the walls (and the pages!). This one makes for a great read-aloud.

I’ll be reviewing It Fell From the Sky by the Fan brothers on Thursday. This is a whimsical story about insects’ reactions when a marble falls from the sky. A spider develops a plan…

Magic Ramen:The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang came out in 2019, but I hadn’t read it until now! It tells the true story of the invention of ramen. This one is inspiring!



Reading: Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo & Once Upon a Camel by Kathi Appelt

Listening: The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Trent reading during family reading time: HiLo Vol 5: Then Everything Went Wrong by Judd Winick

Jim reading during family reading time: Fables Vol 7: Arabian Nights (And Days) by Bill Willingham


I just finished Black Boy Joy with Henry, and he loved how every story was so different and written by someone else. So I thought of an idea. I am reading Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection with him. It’s edited by Matt Dembicki. If you haven’t read this one, I highly recommend it. The 10-year anniversary edition just came out!


Tuesday: Review and Giveaway!: Once Upon a Camel by Kathi Appelt

Thursday: It Fell From the Sky by The Fan Brothers

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable & Stephanie Yue

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Tech Timeout, a Playwriting Lesson” by Joy Jones, Author of Jayla Jumps In


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3 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/6/21”

  1. What a great set of books you’ve both been reading! Kellee, I haven’t even read book 3 of the Sunny series (Sunny Rolls the Dice) yet, so I need to get on that if the fourth book is really good! Our Table sounds like a lovely read as well.

    Ricki, you’ve read some awesome picture books lately! My Two Border Towns and It Fell From the Sky both sound like such sweet stories. And Andrea Wang really seems to have some great picture books beside Watercress—I should try them at some point.

    Thank you both so much for the great post and the link round-up!

  2. Kellee~ I’m glad to learn of How Did Humans Go Extinct?
    I hope my library will get a copy this fall. And I totally agree that Peter H. Reynolds is brilliant!! Our table looks like a fantastic addition to his books. I loved Adeyemi’s narration of The Children of Blood and Bone! I hope you enjoy it, too.

    Ricki~ I’m going to have to add Boogie Boogie Y’all to my list – particularly for my music course as it looks like it will fit right in. And It Fell From the Sky looks so cute! I’ll add that to my list, too.


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