Monday, August 12, 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...

Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home by Guojing

This is a gorgeous book, both, for its story and the illustrations. Wordless, it tells how a stray dog finds its home with a kind young woman. The illustrations depict so many emotions that the story is absolutely captivating and the way the dog and the woman open their hearts to each other is touching. Look for it in September.

Unicorns 101 by Cale Atkinson

This book is just plain fun and will delight unicorn lovers. Four top unicorn scientists explain everything there is to know about unicorns. The information is creative and humorous and when readers are finished they will have earned a diploma and the title "Unicorn Scientist." Thanks to Random House for a review copy. The book publishes in September.

Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson

Amara is finally getting to visit Harlem and she is looking forward to meeting the family she knows only through pictures and phone conversations. The trip is an opportunity to learn more about her family history for a school project, but she's also promised her mother she'll find a way to get her dad and grandpa to start talking to one another again. This is a story about family, identity, and the power of forgiveness. It also reminds us that people and places play a role in shaping who we are. Thanks to Bloomsbury for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reader's copy. It publishes in September.

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez

Over the summer, four very different girls meet and form a friendship. When one of the girls expresses concerns about the Floras, an organization similar to Scouts, and one of their traditions, the four hatch a plan to raise awareness and make change. Both the writing and the characters in this book are wonderful and it helps to show the power of being an activist. Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reader's copy.


  1. Renee Watson always seems to deliver a must read!

  2. I absolutely must read Stormy -- my youngest is going to FLIP (and probably demand that we take in yet another rescue dog). That cover is so so sweet, too! I'm looking forward to reading Some Places More Than Others later this month (through Netgalley). Thanks for the review, Lisa!

  3. I loved Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson. Thanks for the heads up about Strange Birds. I'll be looking for that one.

  4. I really enjoyed Some Places More Than Others. It made me want to visit Harlem and see the sites mentioned in the book. I just ordered Unicorns 101 and Stormy from my library and am really looking forward to reading them. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

  5. All of these are books I have been looking forward to but I have been unable to obtain copies of. They all look great, and it was awesome to read your thoughts on them. I have really loved sharing Cale Atkinson books in my library.

  6. So many of my favorites-Stormy and Unicorns 101. I already pre-ordered and can't wait to share with students!