Monday, June 13, 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...

A Day for Sandcastles by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Qin Leng

Three siblings spend the day at the beach making a sandcastle. They show perseverance and resilience each time their sandcastle gets demolished and they set out to rebuild. The illustrations in this wordless picture book are detailed and capture the delight of a beach day. 

Luli and the Language of Tea by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Hyewon Yum

Luli and the others in her class don't speak English and all play by themselves. When Luli brings tea to class one day, the children find a common connection in spite of their language differences. This is an incredibly sweet story. The author has included information about tea drinking in each of the countries represented in the book. 

Piglet Comes Home by Melissa Shapiro and illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

Based on a true story, a tiny, pink dog who is both deaf and blind finds a forever home. The six other dogs who live with Piglet help him feel warm and safe and he helps them when they find themselves in a scary situation. More information about the real-life Piglet and how his story helps to encourage kindness, empathy, and resilience can be found at the Piglet Mindset website.

The World Belonged to Us by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Leo Espinosa

On a city block in Brooklyn, kids spend the summer having fun, enjoying their freedom, and believing anything is possible. Although I grew up in a small town rather than a city, this book reminded me of my childhood when my siblings and neighborhood friends pretty much spent the entire summer outside. This book is full of summer joy.


  1. A Day for Sandcastles looks lovely. I too loved The World Belonged to Us. It hearkened back to a much simpler time and reminded me how much I missed not always being so digitally connected all the time.

  2. Every single one of these books looks lovely, Lisa! I'm especially intrigued by The World Belonged to Us (Jacqueline Woodson is always brilliant) and Luli and the Language of Tea (which I just realized is written by the author of Watercress—that's bound to be amazing!). Thanks so much for the wonderful post!

  3. Thanks for this wonderful post. There are so many books on your list to look forward to. I'm especially excited about A Day for Sandcastles, (I adore Qin Leng) Luli and the Language of Tea, and The World Belonged to Us. The latter because I will read anything by Jacqueline Woodson!

  4. I just ordered the Luli and Language of Tea through First Book. Piglet Comes Home is new to me and I am always interested in dog books. The World Belonged to Us looks like the perfect summer read aloud. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I have been WAITING to find a copy of A Day for Sandcastles and I'm so glad you reminded me of this book. We're taking our kids to see the ocean for the first time in their lives. Hopefully we can read this book before then (or on the way). Thanks for sharing, Lisa!