Monday, November 15, 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...

Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts

Aaron enjoys drawing and listening to books and dreams of writing his own stories. When he starts school he is eager to learn to read, but finds that it is much harder for him than it is for his classmates. When his teacher gives an assignment to write a story Aaron's page is blank, but he realizes he can tell his story in his own way. The author's note at the end of the book provides information about artist Aaron Douglas Slater who the book character is named after. This is an empowering story that can open conversations about learning differences.

The Children's Moon by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Jim LaMarche

A beautiful and whimsical story about the sun and moon that provides an imaginative reason the moon can sometimes be seen during the day. Information about the daytime moon, known as the "children's moon" and other facts are included at the end of the book.

Have You Seen Gordon? by Adam Jay Epstein and illustrated by Ruth Chan

This is a humorous and clever twist on the seek-and-find book. Readers will want to return to the pages of this book again and again to check out the detailed illustrations. 

Waffles and Pancakes: Planetary-Yum by Drew Brockington

A spin-off of the CatStronauts series, two kitten siblings spend the day with their dad at the science museum. This is a fun graphic novel, incorporating some science-based facts, for early readers.

Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqui

This is a timely middle grade novel about standing up to prejudice and hate. Twelve-year-old Yusuf is learning about 9/11 and it's impact on the Muslim community and dealing with Islamophobia in his town and school. The story is powerful and poignant. The author's note at the end gives insight into a real-life event that inspired the book.


  1. I will have to purchase Aaron Slater, Illustrator for my youngest granddaughter, ten, who is a builder and inventor but struggles with the reading. It sounds like a story just for her, Lisa. This new title by Saadia Faruqui sounds just right for so many children. Thanks for the others, too, Lisa. Have a wonderful week ahead!

  2. I loved Aaron Slater, Illustrator. What a great series that just keeps getting better with the latest installments.

  3. Ooh, love that cover of The Children's Moon. I'll have to look for this one. And can't wait to get to Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero. Thanks for the shares, Lisa!

  4. What a great set of books, Lisa! The Andrea Beaty books (that one and the earlier ones in the series) all look excellence, as does Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero. Thanks so much for the great post!

  5. It looks like you had a stellar reading week. Aaron Slater, Illustrator sounds like an important book. I'm excited that my library has a digital copy so I don't even have to go out to read it. I'm also keen to read The Children's Moon.