Monday, October 24, 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...

Be a Bridge by Irene Latham and Charles Waters and illustrated by Nabila Adani

This is a sweet book about compassion and inclusivity. There are many examples of kids acting with kindness and respect towards others. The words and illustrations will give readers an understanding of the bridge metaphor. An uplifting book.

A Case of the Zaps by Alex Boniello and April Lavalle and illustrated by James Kwan

Pi's class is excited for a field trip to Olde Silicon Valley, but thinking about it causes Pi to malfunction. Pi tries to be calm, but the Zaps always return. With the help of a doctor, Pi learns that the Zaps happen to others, as well, and there are ways to manage them. This is a useful book for helping kids understand anxiety.

Creepy Crayon! by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown

Students really love Creepy Carrots! and Creepy Pair of Underwear! by the same author-illustrator duo and they will not be disappointed by this third book. Jasper finds a purple crayon and it seems helpful at first, but when he wants to get rid of it the situation turns creepy. Humorous and appropriately spooky for picture book readers.

Lunch from Home by Joshua David Stein and illustrated by Jing Li

When four kids bring lunch to school and others react negatively they decide to just bring sandwiches instead. They soon tire of sandwiches and realize the importance of embracing the food they know and love. This is a powerful book about respecting each other and honoring differences. It is based on the childhood experiences of four chefs.

Shark Princess by Nidhi Chanani

Kitana is a shark princess and encourages a shark friend to be one, too. This early reader graphic novel is adventurous and a meaningful story about choosing who you want to be. The puns are fun, too. 

Violet & Jobie in the Wild by Lynne Rae Perkins

Two mice siblings are caught in a mouse trap and released in the wild where they have to get used to a life very different than the one they were previously living. With the help of an old and wise mouse they learn how to survive in the wild. This is a charming story about adjusting to change, bravery, and growing up.


  1. Great list, Lisa! Violet and Jobie in the Wild sounds like a really cool take on the 'Town Mouse, Country Mouse' folktale, which has always been one of my favourites. I've always liked the work of Lynne Rae Perkins.

  2. Lunch from Home sounds like an important book. I was lucky to live across the road from the school and went home every day. I'll also be looking for Be a Bridge. Thanks for sharing these.

  3. These all sound intriguing, especially A Case of the Zaps - what a clever way to address a common problem for kids! Enjoy your books this week -

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