Monday, October 22, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. To find out what other bloggers are reading, check out the host blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. You can also follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna

The narrator of this story has a secret, a tiny friend named Fear who follows her around. Fear is even bigger now that she's in a new country. When the girl meets an actual friend, not only does Fear get smaller, but she realizes that others have fears, too. This book gives readers insight into how it can feel to be in a new place and shows the power of connections with others. It can also help readers understand their own fears.

Pearl by Molly Idle

Pearl wants an important responsibility like other mermaids have. When her mother entrusts her with a single grain of sand, Pearl is full of disappointment. With patience, Pearl realizes the truth of her mother's words when she says that small things make a great difference. This is a sweet, gentle story enhanced by the stunning illustrations. The soft pastels of the mermaids and the deep blues of the ocean create an inviting, fanciful underwater world.

Zola's Elephant by Randall de Séve

A girl has a new neighbor, Zola. The girl thinks Zola must have an elephant because she has a huge box and there is lots of thumping coming from next door. When the girl ventures next door to find out, she doesn't find an elephant, but something much better. This is a unique story of friendship with whimsical illustrations.

Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Even though the donkey his father brings home is sickly and has no mother to care for him, Louie is determined to save him. In spite of his friend Nora's negativity, warnings from his parents, and complaints from his neighbors, Louie takes care of the donkey and they form a strong bond. This is an introspective, heart-warming tale. It explores friendship, hope, and the necessity of letting go of the fears associated with grief.


  1. Pearl sounds so beautiful - We are ordering it from the library right now.

  2. All of these books are new to me, so I'm really excited to get to the library and check them out. Thanks for sharing and have a terrific week!

  3. I've had both Pearl and Saving Winslow on my TBR list, so it's great to hear more about these titles. Zola's Elephant is completely new to me. Going to go look it up. Thanks for the shares, Lisa!

  4. I love reading about Me and My Fear, sounds wonderful. And I'm sure I will love Saving Winslow, which also sounds lovely, & I love Sharon Creech's books. Thanks much for each one, Lisa!

  5. Wow, I wish there had been books like Me and My Fear around when I was a fearful child who was always moving to new neighborhoods! I'm so glad books like this are available - by talking about feelings, we can learn how to live best with them!

  6. Saving Winslow has such a sweet cover. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and books :)

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  7. Anxiously awaiting Zola's Elephant. Anything that illustrator does is gorgeous!
    I found Saving Winslow to be very endearing as well. Just a sweet read.

  8. I have liked other books illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski so I'll definitely be looking for Zola's Elephant. Pearl also has a gorgeous cover!

  9. I am keen on reading Pearl, but am also thankful that my library doesn't have a copy because honestly, I'm already overwhelmed by the books I already have!