It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/25/23


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
For readers of all ages

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop we host which focuses on sharing what we’re reading. This Kid Lit version of IMWAYR focuses primarily on books marketed for kids and teens, but books for readers of all ages are shared. We love this community and how 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. The Kid Lit IMWAYR was co-created by Kellee & Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

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: Educators’ Guide for Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen

Thursday: Recent, High Interest, Engaging Graphic Novels Your Elementary and Middle School Students Will Love

Friday: Author Guest Post: “Delicious Details” by Caroline Hickey, Author of Ginny Off the Map

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Today is my day off from IMWAYR, but you can learn more about any of the books I’ve been reading by checking out my read bookshelf on Goodreads.


Picture Books

I read some delightful pictures books this week.

Mary’s Idea by Chris Raschka is a lovely tribute to Mary Lou Williams and is artistically very beautiful!

The Digger and the Butterfly by Joseph Kuefler is a great book for a preschool classroom. It shows the phases of the butterfly and has diggers, too!

We Are Starlings by Robert FurrowDonna Jo Napoli, and Marc Martin is a beautiful story with gorgeous words and illustrations.

A Smart, Smart School by Sharon Creech and Anait Semirdzhyan is fun! I love the critique on test-taking. This book is best for kids 3rd grade and up, and I think it will make them laugh!

The Book is Banned by Raj Haldar and Julia Patton is hysterical! Adult readers will giggle, too.

Young Adult

Invisible Son by Kim Johnson. I won’t ever forget Andre’s story. He is a character that readers will root for. I felt incredibly frustrated by his situation, and the story reflects the real-life circumstances of so many young people in the US. Kim Johnson has such powerful writing, and her stories are unflinchingly honest. I highly recommend this one.


Book Lovers by Emily Henry. This is a sweet romantic story. I’d heard it was very good from a few of my students. It is a delightful book that made me smile often—a rom com!




  • Reading with my ears: Harvest House by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Reading with my eyes: King Cheer by Molly Horton BoothStephanie Kate Strohm, and Jamie Green (Illustrator)
  • Reading to my children: The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels by Beth Lincoln, (Illustrated by Claire Powell)



Tuesday: There Was a Party for Langston by Jason Reynolds, Illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey & Jarrett Pumphrey

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Introducing Young Readers to Historical Fiction” by Deborah Hopkinson, Author of The Adventures of Trim


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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