Monday, December 31, 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...

My Heart by Corinna Luyken

Simple, but lyrical text and beautiful illustrations convey the different emotions of the heart. The author describes the heart with metaphors that celebrate the ways in which the heart can change us, guide us, and fulfill us. The book also affirms the power we have over our own hearts. The illustrations show different children during heart-filled moments that range from quiet to sadness to joy. Heart shapes are cleverly drawn into the illustrations which can be found by careful readers throughout the pages such as in the rain clouds, a puddle, or the leaves of a tree. This is a lovely book. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy of the book.

Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham

Miss Fancy, an elephant, is moving to Avondale Park in Birmington, Alabama and Frank, who loves elephants, is excited. When she arrives, Frank is disheartened when he reads the sign at the entrance to the park that states, "No Colored Allowed." Frank is determined to find a way to get close to Miss Fancy and with cleverness he succeeds. Young readers will root for Frank and this book will provide some insight into the injustice of segregation. The author tells the story of the real-life Miss Fancy who actually lived at the Avondale Park in Alabama from 1913 to 1934. Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy of the book.


  1. Oh my goodness, My Heart looks and sounds lovely. Adding that to my list right away. Have a wonderful New Year, Lisa!

  2. I just added My Heart to my list because of a share by Alyson Beecher on FB. It sounds wonderful, as does Irene Latham's new book. Can't wait for both, Lisa. Thanks! Happy New Year!

  3. I hope my local library brings both of these in. Happy reading in the new year!

  4. Oh wow! My heart sounds like a must-find book! Will share with our librarians - so that they can purchase a copy stat! :)