Monday, July 3, 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...

The Book of Turtles by Sy Montgomery and illustrated by Matt Patterson

This informative book about turtles includes facts that will surprise and fascinate readers. It also encourages readers to think about the importance of turtles and ways to help protect them. Great illustrations.

Dogs: A History of Our Best Friends by Lita Judge

This is another nonfiction picture book with fascinating information. It provides information about how dogs became an important part of humans' lives. Both the text and illustrations will appeal to readers.

Like Lava in My Veins by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Shawn Martinbrough with Adriano Lucas

This picture book, written in graphic novel format, is about a boy with an amazing super power who has trouble controlling it. He is prepared to defend himself when the headmaster for the Institute of Supervillains comes looking for him. An inspirational book with a message about the importance of a compassionate teacher.

The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass

Two great authors have collaborated again to write another wonderful middle grade novel. This is a charming story that is mostly realistic with some supernatural elements and a mystery centered around a library. Thanks to the publisher, I received an advanced reader's copy at the ALA Annual Conference. The book publishes in August.

Mexikid by Pedro Martín 

In this graphic novel memoir, Pedro and his large family are on a roadtrip to Mexico so they can bring their abuelito back to live with them in California. It's entertaining, humorous, and insightful. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advanced reader's copy. The book publishes in August.


  1. It looks like you've been reading some wonderful books, Lisa! My reaction to The Lost Library was 👀—you have no idea how excited I am for that book!! And I hadn't heard about Mexikid, but I'm always down for more graphic novels, and the road-trips and changing family structures sound like really interesting aspects of the story. Thanks so much for the wonderful post, as always!

  2. I saw that you shared those final two, Lisa, & they sound so good! I'll bookmark them & have to wait! I'm sure Sy Montgomery's Book of Turtles is wonderful, too. She's written so many great books. Thanks!

  3. I didn't realize Like Lava in My Veins was a picture book. It keeps showing up on my feed so maybe I'll check it out.

  4. I enjoyed an earlier Mass and Stead collaboration Bob, a hint of supernatural in that one too, I think... maybe, can't quite remember. I also enjoy Lita Judge's picture books so I was happy to read about that one here as well. The others are new to me, so I will look them up. Thanks for the post!

  5. The Lost Library and Mexikid both sound like great books. I hadn't heard of either one, so thanks for the heads up!