Monday, July 12, 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...

Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder

A celebration of all kinds of bodies, this book is positive and affirming. The rhyming text and the bright, detailed illustrations give the book a joyful feel. The book explores an important message about embracing one's uniqueness and also promotes inclusivity. 

If You Were an Elephant by Leslie Staub and illustrated by Richard Jones

By helping readers imagine themselves as elephants, this book provides information about the fascinating creature. Readers will learn lots about what an elephant does and how it lives, but also that they are smart and caring animals. The text and illustrations are both beautiful. 

Fetch! (Peanut, Butter, and Crackers) by Paige Braddock

My students loved the first graphic novel about Peanut, Butter, and Crackers so they'll be pleased to see there's a second in the series. When Peanut starts dog school and is mistreated by the other dogs, his dog and cat siblings are there to help him out. Very cute.

Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence

Jenna is a seventh grader whose parents have divorced and she has just broken up with her boyfriend. As she navigates the school year and adjusts to her family life, she learns the importance of letting others in. This is a fun read that middle school students will be able to relate to. Thanks to the publisher for providing by book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advanced reader's copy. The book publishes in August.

Professional Read

My first professional read of the summer was Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Supporting Our Immigrant and Refugee Children Through the Power of Reading by Don Vu. You can read my thoughts about the book here


  1. What a great set of books! Bodies Are Cool and If You Were an Elephant both sound like great picture books, and I've heard a lot of praise for Debbi Michiko Florence's novels as well. And Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Happiness sounds like a great professional read! Thanks so much for the great post!

  2. Lisa - thank you for sharing. I am excited to check out Peanut Butter and Crackers - new series for me!

  3. Thanks for the introduction to these books. I'm especially happy to see that my library has Bodies are Cool. I need this book for me.

  4. Life, Literacy and the Pursuit of Happiness sounds like an important read.

    I also need to get around to reading Bodies Are Cool.

  5. Bodies are Cool looks fantastic. I'll definitely have to check it out! thank yoU!

  6. All of these look great. I have Peanut Butter and Crackers and If I Were an Elephant on my list for next year (I hope) in the library. I enjoyed reading your thoughts about them as well, thanks!

  7. I have quite a few of these in my soon-to-be-read piles! Hope you've been enjoying your summer reading time!