Monday, February 1, 2021

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...

I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne and illustrated Julia Kuo

Based on the author's experiences, this is a story of a girl moving to the United States from Taiwan and the connection she maintains with her popo even in spite of the physical separation. It's a poignant story.

Moose, Goose, and Mouse by Mordicai Gerstein and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein and Jeff Mack

This silly rhyming book about a moose, goose, and mouse searching for a new house will give early readers a chuckle. Jeff Mack includes a note at the end about how he collaborated with Mordicai Gerstein, who passed in 2019, to create the illustrations.

No Buddy Like a Book by Allan Wolf and illustrated by Brianne Farley

As a book lover and reading teacher, books about books are always near and dear to my heart. This is a fun book that celebrates books and their power to fuel the imagination. Very fanciful illustrations.

The Year I Flew Away by Marie Arnold

Ten-year-old Gabrielle goes to live with her uncle in New York City, leaving her family behind. She finds living in America harder than she thought and desperately wants to fit in. When a witch offers to grant her three wishes to help her fit in, Gabrielle takes her up on the offer, but soon realizes that this creates even bigger problems for her and her family. This is a sweet story about belonging and self-acceptance with a twist of magic.

An Adult Book Recommendation...

Chatter: The Voice in Our Heads, Why it Matters, and How to Harness It by Ethan Kross

I found this to be an insightful and helpful book about our inner voice and what we can do to better control it. The combination of stories and research make it an interesting and readable nonfiction book. There are some practical strategies related to calming anxiety and increasing happiness.


  1. I bookmarked every one, Lisa! Interesting to see a picture book by Allan Wolf, & Moose,Goose & Mouse sounds like a lot of fun! Thank you & Happy February!

  2. I've just put Chatter on hold through one of my libraries. I really appreciate this recommendation. I've been especially thinking about my inner voice, lately, so this is a timely recommendation. I also plan to go look up The Year I Flew Away -- this looks great. Thanks, Lisa!

  3. Thanks for the introduction to all these new to me books. I'm especially keen to read I Dream of Popo. As a grandmother who lives too far away from her grandchildren it sounds like a book I need to have.

  4. I've heard a lot of praise for The Year I Flew Away, and it sounds great! I Dream of Popo sounds beautiful as well. Thanks for the great post!