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.
Thursday: You Are Not Alone by Alphabet Rockers, Illustrated by Ashley Evans
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- Wave by Diana Farid: I was so happy to be able to share this book with you all last week! Make sure to check out the review.
- Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash: This was a reread for me, and I remember why I liked it so much. It is a true and vulnerable look at a teen’s time at camp trying to figure her identity out. The first time I read it, I wasn’t a fan of the sketch-style illustrations, but this time I found that it fit the narrative of the book and added to the voice of the author.
- What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You? by Steve Jenkins: This was the nonfiction book I chose to read to my students for our nonfiction week. I think Steve Jenkins is a master of nonfiction, so I was happy to share this with them.
- To Change a Planet by Christina Soontornvat, illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell: What a beautiful lyrical book that brings to light our planet’s plight and the importance of our single home. Christina’s words were so poetic and Bell’s illustrations were their own poems bringing Christina’s words to life.
- Indy and Jenny by Charlie Griffin, illustrated by Rebecca Sampson: This true story of a rescued abused dog finding his forever home was a pleasure to read. I loved seeing Indy overcome and finally get the love he deserved, and Sampson’s illustrations were so colorful and added so much to the story. I now follow Indy on social media, and I love seeing how he is doing! This book should be getting more love than it is.
- Big Wig by Jonathan Hillman, illustrated by Levi Hastings: I am so happy to see this book on shelves. It represents an aspect of the LGBTQIAP+ community that doesn’t have a lot of representation in picture books, and it is done is such a fun way–I mean, the wig has a point of view! I love that it deals with a plethora of emotions: nervousness, confidence, stage fright, identity… so many kids will connect!
To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.
I am working on book revisions this week, and next, so I will return soon!
- Reading (with my sister!): Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
- Listening: The Storyteller by Dave Grohl
Tuesday: Educators’ Guide for Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers: A Story Inspired by Loujain Alhathloul by Lina AlHathloul & Uma Mishra-Newbery, Illustrated by Rebecca Green
Thursday: Only One by Deborah Hopkinson and Chuck Groenink
Sunday: Author Guest Post by Adam Lehrhaupt, Author of There Was a Hole
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!
4 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/4/2022”
I have Wave, sounds so good. And I loved that Steve Jenkins book, was sad when I heard he had passed, Kellee. His books are always wonderful.
While it’s sad Steve passed away, I’m glad he left behind such a strong catalog of books that people will be enjoying for years.
Wave sounds amazing. I hadn’t heard of it until I read your review. Definitely adding that one to my Goodreads.
Also…I LOVED the audiobook of Dave Grohl’s book. I do recommend at least taking a peek of the physical book because there are lots of pictures in it… and the pictures are throughout the book, not just in the center like most memoirs.
Kellee, I saw your review of Wave, and it sounds like such a compelling read! I made note of it. Also, I actually used to have a copy of Honor Girl that I gave away on my blog without reading, but it’s good to see that I should consider it again! Big Wig sounds great too. And I made note of Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers—just weeks ago, I learned in one of my classes about sexism in Saudi Arabia and what happened to Loujain AlHathloul, so that definitely sounds like a book I should read.
Ricki, good luck with your book revisions!
Thank you both so much for the great post!