Monday, November 4, 2019

Recent Reads

Every Monday, I share books I have recently read. I also participate in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, 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, or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

One Snowy Morning by Kevin Tseng

Two forest friends come across a snowman and invent a new use for the snowman's things. The carrot nose, which they believe is a rare dragon's tooth, becomes the inspiration for their dragon-tooth-soup party. This is a silly, but sweet story to inspire creativity. It will be fun to read aloud once the winter season arrives.

Snowy Race by April Jones Prince

Another one of my recent reads is perfect for reading during the winter season. Although the rhyming text and illustrations perfectly capture a cold and blustery snow day, this book will actually warm hearts. A child rides along with her father in his snowplow as they race through the snow to a destination that is revealed at the end. This is a very sweet story about family. Thanks to the author and Holiday House for sending me a review copy. The book publishes in November.

Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi

Penny Rose is new to her neighborhood and without friends, except for the robots she builds, until she meets Lark, who also likes to create things. This is a story of two friends working through the bumps of their relationship. There's also an element of magic, as the robots come to life and Penny Rose realizes she needs Lark's help to protect them. It's a book that's both quirky and sweet and shows two girls with an interest in science.


A Book to Look For in 2020


From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Zoe has never met her birth father, Marcus, who is in prison for murder, but she receives a letter from him on her twelfth birthday. She writes him back, being sure to keep it secret from her mother who does not want Zoe to have anything to do with her real father. When Marcus proclaims his innocence, Zoe is determined to find out the truth. This is a meaningful story about family that explores what it means to do the right thing and will give readers some insight into our justice system. I was hooked into this story pretty early on, wanting to know how it would all work out for Zoe and Marcus. The book publishes in January.

11 comments:

  1. I couldn't tell - but is Weird Little Robots a middle grade novel because it looks like one. Not sure if you're familiar with the graphic novel Sanity and Tallulah? It also features two young girls deeply interested in science. :) They would make a good pair.

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    1. Yes Weird Little Robots is middle grade. I am familiar with Sanity and Tallulah.

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  2. I liked Weird Little Robots a lot, and love your 'snowy day' books, on my list. Thanks for that final one, too, also going on the list!

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    1. Books like Weird Little Robots, I hope, give kids possibilities for navigating their own friendships.

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  3. I sure am glad that we don't get snow here until late into Winter, if we get it at all! I know have a reserve on Weird Little Robots when it arrives at my local library.

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    1. The weather report here is already mentioning the word snow for Friday. I'm hoping it's nothing more than flurries!

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  4. I like seeing the snow-related books in your pile! I'm a weird in that I LOVE snow. When I wake up and see white everywhere, I'm a tad giddy! I grew up in Texas where we almost never had snow. If we did, it lasted less than 24 hours and melted into a nasty slush. LOL Anyway, I also enjoyed reading Weird Little Robots this week. And I've added From the Desk of Zoe Washington -- hope we get a copy when it's released. Thanks for these wonderful shares, Lisa!

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    1. I wish I could send you all the snow that we get here in Massachusetts! Not a fan! From the Desk of Zoe Washington is a very meaningful book. YOu'll enjoy it, I think.

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  5. I've been wondering about Zoe Washington. Looks like one to find at NCTE!
    I have the Robots book to read, need to get to it.
    The Snowy Race looks cute, although I really do not like snow - and we had it here on Halloween!

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  6. Looking forward to my turn reading One Snowy Morning and The Snowy Race with #bookexcursion!

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  7. Weird Little Robots seems to be getting a fair amount of love. Love the snow-themed picturebooks as well. :)

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