IMWAYR | July 26, 2021

The weekly post where I recap some of the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Ocasionally, I’ll also talk about some adult fiction books as well.

Be sure to check out Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to see what other Kidlit readers are reading. Because, you know, we can never have too many books in our TBR piles.


Currently Reading


Just Finished

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!
written by Karen Beaumont
illustrated by David Catrow
(Harcourt, 2005)

Oh my goodness, I cannot express how much my four-year-old son loved this book. We would read this three or four times in a row and he would belly laugh every single time. The little boy in the story paints vibrant designs all over his body until the only place left unpainted is his little butt. Of course, that is the part my kids found the most funny. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. I love David Catrow’s art style. This is definitely a story that I enjoyed reading as a parent, which made the multiple re-readings much easier to bear. Highly recommend.

Felix and the Monsters
by Josh & Monica Holtsclaw
(Nancy Paulsen Books, 2020)

This book was so cute! I will pick up any book with monsters and this one did not disappoint. I felt like this was a fun and refreshing take on a message of acceptance and tolerance. The message that music and the arts can be a unifying force and a universal thing was great as well. The art is fun and vibrant. Definitely worth a read.

The Leak: For the Love of Truth
written by Kate Reed Petty
illustrated by Andrea Bell
(First Second, 2021)

I initially picked this one up because I thought it would be one that my eleven-year-old daughter would enjoy (I was right). There was a lot to like about this graphic novel. The main character has a blog and begins reporting on potential dumping happening at the city lake. I like that she makes mistakes, learns how damaging gossip can be both for those involved, but also for her own reputation as a budding journalist. Although this story is fictional, I also learned a lot about how things were handled in Flint, Michigan as the author makes references. This would be a great starting point for talking about some of the current issues surrounding access to clean water here in the United States.

Cemetery Boys
by Aiden Thomas
(Swoon Reads, 2020)

This is one that I read last fall, but never had a chance to review here on the blog. This was definitely one of my favorite YAs from last year. I love all things spooky and was super excited for this own voices story. Speculative fiction stories that feature diverse main characters are at the top of my TBR list. I loved how the story navigates being transgender and what that would mean within the traditional gender roles of a bruxa community. The romance is sweet and felt genuine. The story is just all around fantastic.


Added to My TBR

4 thoughts on “IMWAYR | July 26, 2021

  1. What a great set of books! I have a copy of Julia, Child waiting to be read, along with a bunch of Kyo Maclear’s other picture books—the graphic novel she wrote, Operatic, is so impressive that I wanted to try some of her other books! I’ve seen a lot of praise for The Leak, and it sounds like a great read, as does Cemetery Boys! And I’m intrigued by Martian Ghost Centaur as well. Thanks so much for the great post!

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  2. My daughter in law just sent me pictures of my granddaughter covered in paint. I think I will have to find a copy of I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! to share with her. I just put a hold on The Leak: For the Love of Truth. It sounds like an important graphic novel.

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