Monday, May 6, 2019

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 or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry 

Zuri is proud of her beautiful hair that makes her feel like a princess and a superhero. It's a big day for Zuri and she needs her hair to be really special. It's up to her father to figure out how to give her the perfect do. This is such a charming story. Both, Zuri's confidence and her father's patience getting her hairstyle just right, are delightful. Vashti Harrison's illustrations are full of love. Thanks to the publisher, Kokila, for sending my book review group, #BookExcursion, a review copy. The book publishes in May.

My Papi Has a Motorcyle by Isabel Quintero 

This is another book that celebrates the love between daughter and father. As Daisy journeys through her neighborhood on the back of her father's motorcycle, it's also a tribute to the city, Corona, California, where the author grew up. This slice of life story shows a girl experiencing the joys of a beautiful city and a lively community. With the details of the comic-book-like illustrations and the inclusion of Spanish words, it almost feels like one is along for the ride with Daisy and her father. This is a sweet, joyful story. Thanks to the publisher, Kokila, for a review copy. The book publishes in May.

Bruce's Big Fun Day (World of Reading Level 1) by Ryan T. Higgins

I was very excited to see a beginning reader book featuring Mother Bruce, a character who my students love from Ryan T. Higgins's picture book series. Bruce is grumpy, as always, and Nibbs has a plan to cheer him up. The two friends engage in a variety of activities, but nothing seems to please the very disagreeable Bruce. Although one likes fun and the other likes being grumpy, Bruce and Nibbs end their day on a positive note. The illustrations are hilarious. Thanks to the publisher, Disney Hyperion, I read an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in June.

Spark by Sarah Beth Durst

Mina has been chosen to be a storm guardian, one of the kids who control the weather in the community of Alorria. She is surprised to find out that her beast, which she will guide to produce the weather, is a lightning beast. Lightning guardians are loud and brave and Mina does not see herself that way at all. She is excited, but unsure of herself as she leaves her family for her training, but when she takes action to right a wrong she proves she is braver than she thinks. This is an adventurous and imaginative book with a great message about believing in oneself and learning to be strong. Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy. The book publishes this month.


  1. Each one sounds good, Lisa. I love the idea of the first one, remember my husband's struggle to braid my daughter's hair long ago. And Papi Has A Motorcycle has been shared by many as a good story. Thanks for sharing it and the others!

  2. I was happy to see Papi at the library conference in April. That looks like a great read.

  3. I love all of the books in the Bruce series, so I'm really looking forward to reading Bruce's Big Fun Day! Also, I just requested Hair Love and My Papi Has a Motorcycle from my library. Thanks for sharing these titles. Have a wonderful week!

  4. I have all three of the picture books to read! I've seen the Durst book a few times now but haven't added it yet.

  5. A new Bruce! Love that it is written for beginning readers! Both Hair Love and Papi Has a Motorcycle sound beautiful celebrating the love between a father and daughter. Have a great week Lisa!

  6. Hair Love and My Papi Has A Motorcycle caught my eye - they both look good. I shall put both in my Goodreads to-find stack. :)

  7. I'm a big fan of Durst so I'll put that one on my list.

  8. Somehow I missed getting Hair Love onto my reading list, so I'm so glad you brought it up today. Definitely adding it right now. Thanks for the lovely shares, Lisa!