Monday, March 2, 2020

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...

The Bear Must Go On by Dev Petty

The woodland animals plan to put on a show so they start making plans and Bear, who is too shy to be on stage, takes the notes. They get all the details of the show just right, but forget the most important thing - they haven't written the show. Bear musters all the courage he can and finds his voice to save the day. Bear and his friends show the importance of bravery and the necessity of keeping the big picture in mind. It's a book that will charm and amuse young readers.

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Bea's parents are divorced, her father is remarrying, and she is going to have a new sister. She is dealing with these big changes and trying to understand all her emotions. The book explores divorce, gay marriage, and forgiveness. It's beautiful and heartfelt. Thanks to the publisher, Random House Kids, for providing by book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in April.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped From the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

With its insight into the history of racism and anti-racism, this is a must-read. The conversational writing style makes it an accessible and engaging book. This is an important book for young adults to read, but even as an adult there was much for me to learn. Although I am glad for this book and what it has taught me, reading it does make me wonder why I haven't learned some of the information until now. Hopefully, this book will make its way into lots of classrooms. 

Wrong Way Summer by Heidi Lang

Claire's dad has suddenly sold their house and her family is moving into a van. Although her father and brother are excited for this Grand Adventure, Claire is not and she would rather hear true stories about her life, including what happened with her mother, instead of the fictional tales her father tells. Through her family's journey, Claire learns life lessons. This is a heart-warming story about family, the meaning of home, and the power of story. Thanks to Abrams books for an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in April.


  1. I can hardly wait for Rebecca Stead's latest book. I've heard such wonderful things and just know it'll be as wonderful as I've been hearing. I hope our local libraries get copies of Stamped. Such an important book! Wrong Way Summer is new to me, but I'm adding it to my list. Thank you, Lisa!

  2. Like Shaye, I'm looking forward to Stead's latest, but also Stamped. Everyone, like you, are sharing how good they both are. Thanks, Lisa!

  3. What a great reading week! My library has The List of Things That Will Not Change on order and I am first in line. I love everything that Rebecca Stead writes and can hardly wait for this one. Stamped is also on my list.

  4. I've just recently heard about Wrong Way Summer. I'll have to check it out next month.
    Looking forward to reading the Stead book. Need time to read, but that's another thing, lol. I'll have to find Stamped at some point too!

  5. I really enjoyed Stamped and The List of Things That Will Not Change. Wrong Way Summer looks very interesting too. Thanks for the post!

  6. Stead's and Lang's novels both sound like great reads. The Bear Must Go On looks like a fun read with a good lesson.