Monday, September 5, 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...

Howard the Average Gecko by Wendy Meddour and illustrated by Carmen Saldaña

Thinking he is the only one who is camouflaged, Howard announces that he is an exceptional gecko and deserves to be the king of the rain forest. Howard is so preoccupied with boasting that he doesn't notice the other camouflaged creatures. When a stick insect points out that Howard is actually just average, Howard is dismayed, but begins to notice others who are camouflaged including someone very special. Kids will be amused with the story and also enjoy discovering camouflaged creatures on various pages.

A Parliament of Owls by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Sam Caldwell

A child has called groups of different animals to gather together. This is a fun book as each group of animals make their entrance. Readers will learn the term for the different groups of animals. There are many which I did not know. 

Sunday Pancakes by Maya Tatsukawa

When Cat wants to make pancakes and has no eggs and milk, her friends Rabbit and Moonbear bring over what she needs. The three friends have fun making pancakes together and then eating their very special pancakes. This is a sweet story with warm pastel-colored illustrations. A recipe for Cat's Sunday Pancakes is included for those who get a craving for the breakfast (or any time of day) treat.

Odder by Katherine Applegate

Inspired by rescued sea otters at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, this is the story of a curious and adventurous sea otter who gets hurt after trying to save her friend from a shark. She ends up at an aquarium where she was raised as a young pup after being separated from her mother. This time she is unable to go back to the wild, but she is given the chance to help an orphaned pup so it can return to the ocean. This is a sweet story that provides information about sea otters. The book includes some illustrations which are adorable. 



  2. Sunday Pancakes sounds like it belongs in my picture book collection! My girls are grown but when they were small we read a book called Hey, Pancakes! I can’t recall the author but we loved it and made pancakes with the included recipe. Odder is on my TBR.

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  4. I can't believe Katherine Applegate already has a new novel—I still haven't even read Willodeen (is that even her newest one at this point? I have no idea!). Odder does sound great, though! I also made note of Sunday Pancakes—the illustrations look *way* too cute to pass up! Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Lisa!

  5. I also really enjoyed Odder and can see a lot of students clamouring for it soon. I made a note of Sunday Pancakes and A Parliament of Owls. Thanks for sharing.