Monday, December 21, 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...

Once Upon a Winter Day by Liza Woodruff

After our first significant snowfall last week, there is no denying it's time for winter-themed reads like this one. This is a sweet winter story about a boy who follows the mouse tracks he discovers in the snow and imagines what the animals in the snowy wood have been doing. It's a book that celebrates winter, nature, and imagination.

This is Your Time by Ruby Bridges

In the dedication, Ruby Bridges describes her book as a "letter of peace." In her letter, addressed to children, she tells her story and encourages readers to embody the love and grace that's needed to make change and heal our world. The photographs included in the book add to the richness of the history Ruby tells and her message. Informative and inspirational.

Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey 

The sidekick from Pilkey's Dog Man series, Li'l Petey, stars in his own book in which he is president of a comic club. Along with Molly, the tadpole who is vice-president of the club, they help the other tadpoles face their fears about writing. The mini-comics the tadpoles write are included in the book. This book is lots of fun and has an empowering message about being an author, illustrator, or creator.

Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney

Rowley is writing a medieval adventure about a boy named Roland, who goes on a journey to the Ice Fortress to rescue his mom from the White Warlock. The book alternates between the adventure story and Rowley's conversation with his pal Greg who has offered to help him with his writing. There is lots of silly kid humor in this book, but it made me laugh, as well.


  1. Pilkey and Kinney are both favorites with my students. Since we are still virtual, I haven't been able to share any new books in the series yet. Both picture books are new to me so thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. This Is Your Time sounds beautiful, and Once Upon a Winter Day sounds perfect for right now! The other two books sound super-fun—I had no idea there were spin-offs of Diary of a Wimpy Kid! (I read the first 6, so I apparently missed 9 more!) Thanks for the great post, and happy holidays!

  3. I loved the book by Ruby Bridges, one I wish everyone would have & share. And Once Upon A Winter Day looks great. Thanks, Lisa, and wishing you a wonderful holiday!

  4. I just finished Once Upon a Winter Day this week and thought it was very inventive the way it went back in time on each page spread. And I just checked out This is Your Time and hope to get that started the first week of January. Thanks for these shares, Lisa! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday (and my apologies on commenting so late...)!