Monday, September 12, 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...

Abuelita and I Make Flan by Adriana Hernández Bergstrom

Anita is excited to learn how to make flan with her Abuelita, but she accidentally breaks the special plate that is used to flip the dessert. Anita works hard to prove she is a great helper, but knows she must admit to breaking the plate. This is a very sweet book about family and traditions.

Battle of the Books by Melanie Ellsworth and illustrated by James Rey Sanchez

A few of Josh's favorite books on his bookshelf argue about which one he will pick for his bedtime story. When Pirate Book ends up on the floor, the others decide to work together to rescue him. When Josh is about to read with his grammie, his book choice makes everyone happy. A fun book about books.

Pip and Zip by Elana K. Arnold and illustrated by Doug Salati

During the pandemic shutdown, a family goes on a walk and finds a couple of duck eggs in a lake. Since they are sheltering in place they can't bring the eggs to a wildlife center. The family incubates them, waits for them to hatch and observes them grow. Based on the author's life, this is a delightful story about a small joy that occurred during a challenging time.

The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photography by Chana Stiefel and illustrated by Susan Gal

During World War II, Yaffa survived the Jewish massacre that occurred in the Polish town in which she lived. Thirty-five years after the war, she gathered stories and photographs of survivors which are part of the Tower Of Life at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. This biography tells about a dark time in our history and highlights the importance of bringing humanity to those whose lives were lost. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy. The book publishes in October. 

Two Degrees by Alan Gratz

There's a wildfire in California, melting ice and a polar bear attack in Manitoba, Canada, and a hurricane and severe flooding in Miami. Kids in three different locations are impacted by climate change and are fighting to survive. This book is intense and amazing. Readers will not only be hooked by the action, but will also gain insight into how climate change is impacting the planet and the importance of speaking out about it. Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in October.  


  1. I put the picture books on my list & am jealous you've read this new Alan Gratz book, Lisa. I always love his books! Have a great week ahead!

  2. Battle of the Books sounds like so much fun! Thanks for sharing these recommendations.