Monday, September 25, 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 Fears You Fear by Rachel Rooney and Zehra Hicks

This is a rhyming book that is also informational. Readers will learn about different fears and understand that having them is a normal part of being human.

Fiona Builds a Fairy House by Kristen Dickson and illustrated by Celia Krampien

Fiona is determined to build a fairy house and prove to her brother that fairies are real. She has gathered supplies she will use for her house, but as members of her family pass by her they are knocked out of the basket she is carrying. She feels hopeless and begins to think her brother is right until she gets a little help from some friends. This is a fun book about imagination with a touch of magic.

Kicks in the Sky by C. G. Esperanza

Shoes hanging from the telephone wires are knocked down to the street. These are no ordinary shoes as they magically transform kids' abilities when they try them on. This is a joyful book with really cool illustrations.

Seals Are Jerks by Jared Chapman

Lorelei loves lot of thing about seals, especially the fact that they are friendly with penguins. When she hears that seals might eat penguins she questions her understanding of her favorite animal and starts to think they are not so great after all. A clever story with some fun twists. 

Squash, the Cat by Sasha Mayer

This story about two friends, one human and the other a cat, who work through a misunderstanding highlights the importance of forgiveness. It's a cute and amusing book about friendship.

The Curious Vanishing of Beatrice Willoughby by C. Z. Schmidt

The last time there was an All Hallows' Eve party at a mansion in Inkwoods forest, Beatrice, a child of six disappeared. Thirteen years later, guests of that party have been invited back for a celebration on the evening of October 31st. When the guests arrive they find out that they are not there to celebrate, but to help figure out which one of them is responsible for Beatrice's disappearance. This is an entertaining mystery with quirky characters who each have a secret.


  1. Thanks for the picture books, Lisa, and "The Curious Vanishing. . ." sounds very interesting, a mystery for those kids who love them! Have a great week coming up!

  2. Kicks in the Sky looks fascinating. Will have to seek that one out.