Monday, May 17, 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...

Hair Twins by Raakhee Mirchandani and illustrated by Holly Hatam 

This sweet, fun story is about a father and daughter, who are Sikh, and the special relationship they have as a result of a shared tradition in which they help each other take care of their hair. The text is poetic and the illustrations are filled with joy. 

I'm On It! (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading) by Andrea Tsurumi and Mo Willems

Goat shows Frog the many things he can do and Frog tries to outdo him. While Goat seems to be graceful and confident, the game quickly gets out of hand for Frog. This is an entertaining, funny, and clever story. I think it will be a hit with early readers. 

Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You adapted by Sonja Cherry-Paul, written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi and illustrated by Rachelle Baker

Written for middle graders, this book introduces readers to the history of racism. The style is conversational and presents powerful and complex ideas in an accessible way for the intended audience. An important book.


  1. I hope teachers are grabbing this Stamped for kids, maybe? I have Hair Twins coming from the library & have noted I'm On It! Thanks, Lisa

  2. These books sound great! Hair Twins sounds like a great story, and I'm glad to see a new adaptation of Stamped so that more readers can be exposed to what it has to say. Thanks so much for the great post!

  3. I did not know there was a new book in the Elephant and Piggie Like Reading series. Thanks for sharing. Love that there is an adaptation of Stamped for younger readers.

  4. Hair Twins sounds like such a great picture book. I love that it is a glimpse into the Sikh culture. Stamped, the one written for adults, is on my must read list. I will have to check this one out for kids too. Thanks for sharing and have a great reading week!

  5. I'm really looking forward to reading the kids version of Stamped. I read the YA version and LOVED it.

  6. I read the YA version of Stamped and really appreciated it. I think these books targeting younger readers are also important introductions for adults.

  7. I just got Stamped for Kids. I'll get to it this summer. Thinking it will be a good read aloud for the fall! Looking forward to I'm On It!