Monday, December 18, 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 Boo-Boos of Bluebell Elementary by Chelsea Lin Wallace and illustrated by Alison Farrell

One kid after another (as well as the school principal) visit the school nurse's office. Miss Peatree knows just what to do to mend each ailment or problem. The rhyming text and amusing illustrations are fun and readers will relate to those visiting the nurse's office.

Don't Blow Your Top! by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Abhi Alwar

With the help of Big Volcano, Little Volcano tries not to blow their top when a bird drops a coconut. When the bird drops more coconuts, Little Volcano has a more difficult time controlling their temper. This humorous book shows possibilities for staying calm when something upsetting happens.

Waiting on Mr. Sloth by Katy Hudson

Sasha decides that she and sloth are going swimming. Only sloth is not moving very quickly and this makes Sasha upset. This is a cute book about the importance of patience. 

We Dream a World: Carrying the Light From My Grandparents Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King by Yolanda Renee King and illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Yolanda, inspired by the grandparents she never met, has written a poetic tribute to them showing her determination to follow in their footsteps as well as be a leader herself. The message that young people can be changemakers is an empowering one. Thanks to the publisher for a review copy. The book publishes in January.

Bear and Bird: The Stars and Other Stories by Jarvis

This early chapter book is really sweet. Bear and Bird are best friends who support each other and always find their way back to one another. Each of the four stories have a touch of adventure and humor.

The Dreamatics by Michelle Cuevas

The Lunarian Grande is a theatre troupe that is responsible for creating the dreams that a young girl named Luna has every night. After an unexpected loss in her life, Luna is unable to dream. The theatre changes, as well, and the new management is creating bad dreams. Dormir, a stagehand who wants to act, is determined to help Luna get back her good dreams and memories. This is a creative, quirky, and heartfelt middle grade novel.

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