It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/29/22


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: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus, Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos, Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai, and The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Thursday: Guest Post: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Front Desk by Kelly Yang, Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell, Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar, Mary and the Trail of Tears by Andrea L. Rogers, and Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani post

Saturday: Blog Tour and Guest Review from our 8 Year Olds!: My Pet Feet by Josh Funk

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “In Praise of the Standalone Book” by Stacy Nockowitz, Author of The Prince of Steel Pier

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The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez The Bluest Sky by Christina Diaz Gonzalez When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris

  • The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez: WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS BOOK?! I am so glad that The Bluest Sky coming out and Christina coming to visit my school in February finally pushed me to read this book I’ve owned for years. It is definitely one of my favorite middle grade historical fiction books ever. It is engaging, informative, realistic, heart wrenching, and heart filling; in other words, everything you want a historical fiction book to be. And again, I learned more from this book about history than I did about Cuban history in any history class. I am now a smarter human.
  • The Bluest Sky by Christina Diaz Gonzalez: And my Cuban history knowledge grew even more with this book which is a companion to The Red Umbrella but in a way that makes them both standalones but with a secret connection. The Bluest Sky, which comes out next week, is another historical fiction masterpiece by Gonzalez which once again tells us a moving story within the context of engaging history.
  • When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris: I am so glad I put this book on my #mustreadin2022 list because I don’t know if I would have picked it up otherwise, and I am so glad I did! The book was different than what I expected–it was less contemporary realistic fiction and more crime & mystery realistic fiction. Fans of crime-focused fiction will really like this book that follows a brother on a search to find a missing sister that no one else is looking for.

Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte Stella by McCall Hoyle

  • Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie: Woof! This book was scary! It is definitely going to find some fans in my middle school as I always have kids looking for ghost and scary stories. What I liked the most about the book (because I am not a huge fan of scary in general usually) was the history aspects–I enjoyed learning about tragedies in Chicago.
  • Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte, illustrated by Ann Xu: Trent read Measuring Up and when he finished said that he thought I would really like it because “it is like those cooking shows you watch.” And he was right! A great finding identity away from what others expect of you graphic novel mixed with a cooking show!
  • Stella by McCall Hoyle: Trent and I listened to this story about a dog that is more than anyone expected. It is a true tribute to rescue and service dogs within a story filled with humor, lots of feelings, suspense, and love.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.


It is Kellee’s week for a long post, so I’ll be back next week!



  • Reading: Trex by Christyne Morrell & Cat + Gamer Vol. 2 by Wataru Nadatani
  • Listening: Just Dance (Whatever After #15) by Sarah Mlynowski


Tuesday: When You Take a Step by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Thursday: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Jo Jo Makoons by Dawn Quigley, Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman, Melissa by Alex Gino, and Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Saturday: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for New Kid by Jerry Craft, Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga, Stella Díaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez, and From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Laurel Solorzano, Author of The Land of Fake Believe


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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2 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/29/22”

  1. It looks like you’ve been reading some great books lately, Kellee! I made note of The Red Umbrella—I’m so glad you enjoyed that one, and it sounds like having the author visit your school will be an amazing experience. And it’s so sweet that Trent recommended Measuring Up and you enjoyed it too—that is objectively one of the best MG graphic novels I’ve ever read! Thank you both so much for the wonderful post and link round-up!


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