Monday, January 31, 2022

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 Found a Kitty! by Troy Cummings

Arfy has found a stray kitten so he writes letters to those in the community who might want to give him a home. None of the homes prove to be a good match until Arfy thinks of the perfect place where Scamper can be of help to others. This is a fun, cute book. 

Snow Angel, Sand Angel by Lois-Ann Yamanaka and illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

Claire lives on the Big Island in Hawaii and wants to see snow. When her family brings her to the top of Mauna Kea, she is disappointed that the snow is not like what she imagined. A trip to Hapuna Beach helps Claire realize that she may not be able to make snow angels, but there is much to appreciate about the place where she lives. This is a beautiful book and also a fitting book to read this past weekend when we had a blizzard here in Massachusetts. Even after having lived through New England winters my whole life, I much prefer sand angels over snow angels!

Fergus and Zeke and the 100th Day of School by Kate Messner and illustrated by Heather Ross

Miss Maxwell's class is celebrating the one hundredth day of school by using the number one hundred in different ways. The class pets, Fergus and Zeke, take part in the celebration and are determined to think of a good idea for their hundredth-day collection. Students in the early elementary grades who celebrate the one hundredth day of school will find this book fun. 

Honestly Elliott by Gillian McDunn

I have loved all of Gillian McDunn's middle grade books and this one is no exception. Elliott, who has ADHD, has difficulties with schoolwork and connecting with his classmates. He is surprised when Maribel, who he considers super smart and a perfectionist, agrees to be his partner for a school project. Although he has a talent and passion for cooking, Maribel decides that their project will involve baking, which he is not a fan of at all. This story about family, unlikely friendship and belonging is charming and heartfelt. Thanks to the author for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reading copy. The book publishes in March.


  1. well, you found a kitty, and I found a dog!! see in my list:

  2. We definitely need to read I Found a Kitty around here. We've had a cat adopt us and once we got her inside, we realized she had no claws!! So she's been living inside for the last few months. Our chihuahua isn't too happy about that, unfortunately. LOL And I'm adding Honestly Elliott to my list, for sure. I absolutely adored her Caterpillar Summer. Thanks, Lisa!

  3. Honestly Elliott sounds just like the kind of middle grade novel I like most. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Aw, I Found A Kitty sounds very cute, Lisa. I don't know any of the picture books, though I know of the Fergus and Zee series. Honestly Elliott sounds like it fits some readers beautifully. Thanks!

  5. What a delightful set of books, Lisa! I've heard great things about Snow Angel, Sand Angel, and it looks lovely, and Honestly Elliott sounds like a really compelling read too. Thanks so much for the wonderful post!