Monday, January 9, 2023

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...

Little Red and the Big Bad Editor by Rebecca Kraff Rector and illustrated by Shanda McCloskey

This spin on Little Red Riding Hood will amuse readers while also teaching them about sentence conventions and letter writing. The familiar story has a clever twist and fun choice of words and metaphors. Readers will love the illustrations, too.

Love, Escargot by Dashka Slater and illustrated by Sydney Hanson 

Escargot, the French snail, has been invited to a Snailentine Party and is taking the reader along. When Escargot gets to the party there is delicious food and no snails, but there is a vole. Nervous at first, Escargot discovers a volentine is just as great as a snailentine. In this third book, Escargot continues to charm. This is a delightful story about friendship.

My Town Mi Pueblo by Nicholas Solis and illustrated by Luisa Uribe

Two cousins live in towns on different sides of the river separated by the U.S.-Mexico border. The cousins love spending time with each other although it is not so easy to visit each other's home. The illustrations show the differences between the cousins' towns while they share similar experiences. This is a sweet bilingual story about family.

Roxie Loves Adventure by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Leez Hernandez

Roxie is a pampered pug who loves her luxurious lifestyle. One morning when her humans are still asleep and can't take her outside, she goes on her own. She realizes she's tougher than she knew when she finds herself locked outside. This is an amusing story about a resilient dog who learns about the joys of adventure.

Best Friends Furever (Love Puppies #1) by JaNay Brown-Wood

The Love Puppies are four puppies, each with a special power that they use to help children in need. Their current mission to help a third-grader make a friend at her new school proves to be a challenge, but they learn something about the magic of friendship. This is a cute chapter book series about friendship that dog lovers will especially enjoy. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group with an advanced reader's copy. The book publishes in February.

Adult Reading Recommendation

Uncultured by Daniella Mestyanek Young 

This memoir, about a woman who grew up in a religious cult, is not an easy read, but it is thought-provoking. The author tells the story of her childhood, her transition to life outside the cult, and her time in the Army. There is a lot to reflect on as far as group behavior. It's also an inspiring story of resilience and survival.


  1. Thanks, Lisa, for all the books shared. Little Red sounds like a lot of fun & My Town, Mi Pueblo illuminating. I also put UnCultured on my list, seems like an important read. Have a terrific week!

  2. I thought about reading Love Puppies, but knew it would be too young for my middle school students. It looks so cute! Hope this week is as successful as last for you!

  3. I'm really sorry that Little Red and the Big Bad Editor is not available at my local library. I love fractured fairy tails!

  4. The idea of a volentine is so cute.