Monday, January 15, 2024

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...

Buffalo Fluffalo by Bess Kalb and illustrated by Erin Kraan

Buffalo Fluffalo is a grumbling creaturing, scaring away any animal who tries to brighten his mood. After a rainstorm that leaves Buffalo Fluffalo without his fluff he learns that acting tuffalo isn't necessary. The word play is a lot of fun and the story is very amusing. 

Tea With an Old Giant by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Paolo Domeniconi

In an unlikely story of friendship, a lonely giant walks into a small town and befriends a girl there who is small, but brave. The story has an old-fashioned feel with really interesting pictures that show how large the giant is in comparison to the town and people who live there.

When the Stars Came Home by Brittany Luby and illustrated by Natasha Donovan

When Ojiig moves to the city he misses his grandparents, seeing the stars, and his family's previous way of life. His family tries to find a way to bring the stars to him. Nothing seems to work until he becomes involved in learning about his past and finally he knows the meaning of home. A very heartfelt book.

Drawing Deena by Hena Khan

This is an empowering novel about navigating family relationships and managing anxiety. As a seventh-grader dealing with challenges that will resonate with many middle grader readers, Deena is a relatable character. Thanks for the publisher for sending me an advanced reader copy. The book publishes in February.


  1. Each one sounds good, Lisa. I saw that you shared the Hena Khan book on twitter, found at my library! I'll certainly look for the others, too! I hope you're keeping warm on these cold weather days!

  2. I love Jane Yolen, so I am sure Tea with an Old Giant is truly wonderful. I have not heard of Hena Khan, but the need for books dealing with anxiety continues to grow. I will have to check her out.

  3. What a beautiful set of books, Lisa! I love the cover of When the Stars Came Home, and I've enjoyed books illustrated by Natasha Donovan before—and the story sounds lovely too. And Tea with an Old Giant caught my eye as well! Thanks so much for the thoughtful reviews, as always!

  4. A beautiful collection of books! The cover of BUFFALO FLUFFALO just makes me giggle, look at that face!! Think I'll have to look that one out for my kiddo.

  5. I've noted, and put a hold on When the Stars Came Home. I am a huge fan of Natasha Donovan's artwork and am looking forward to reading this one a lot!

  6. I just received Drawing Deena, and I am so excited to read it! I am happy to hear that it is a wonderful read.

    Happy reading! :)