Monday, October 30, 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...

Lila and the Jack-o'-Lantern: Halloween Comes to America by Nancy Churnin and illustrated by Anneli Bray

In Ireland, in celebration of Halloween, Lila and her family always carved a face into a turnip to trick a clever spirit named Jack. In America there aren't any turnips, but Lila has decided she is going to find a way to continue the tradition. The story and the note from the author at the end gives insight into how Halloween came to be celebrated in America.

Oh, Panda by Cindy Derby

A panda wants to climb a big, icy hill, but isn't having success. The narrator who suggests other activities eventually realizes panda's determination and offers a helpful solution. A book that highlights empathy and the power of being supportive and encouraging. Gorgeous illustrations.

Ploof by Ben Clanton and Andy Chou Musser

This book invites the reader to interact with a cloud, named Poof, that shows a variety of emotions throughout the story. It's a cross between a board book and a picture book. Poof is a cute character and readers will enjoy the interaction. 

Something, Someday by Amanda Gorman and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Amanda Gorman's poem and Christian Robinson's illustrations showing a young child making the world a more beautiful place are a powerful and lovely combination. The message that a small act can have a big impact is sweet and inspirational. We could always use more hope in this world!

Just a Pinch of Magic by Alechia Dow

In the enchanted town of Honeycrisp Hill, two twelve-year olds become friends and work together to save the town from a curse. The magic and a bit of spookiness, as well as the mention of yummy pastries make this a fun read. It's also a heart-warming story about friendship and family. 


  1. It looks like you had a charming reading week. I agree whole heartedly that we could always use more hope in this world!

  2. I went to a Halloween museum and was fascinated by the holiday's history in the US.