Monday, March 18, 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...

A Flicker of Hope: A Story of Migration by Cynthia Harmony and illustrated by Devon Holzwarth

Like the monarchs that migrate in the spring, Lucía's father is journeying north. While her father goes in search of work, Lucía eagerly anticipates his homecoming and that of the monarchs. A beautiful book about migration.

Is This a House for Hermit Crab? by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

This is an updated version of the picture book written over thirty years ago with new artwork. Hermit Crab is on a search for a new house as his shell is too small. His search involves finding the perfect shelter and keeping safe from danger. Information about hermit crabs is included at the end of the book.

Ride Beside Me by Lucy Knisley

A child and mother bike through their community along with other riders. This book celebrates the joys of bike riding. 

Deep Water by Jamie Sumner

In this middle grade novel written in verse, Tully is determined to complete a twelve mile swim because she will be the youngest to do so and she thinks it will make her mother come back. Her swim is a way for her to deal with the family challenges she is facing. Her character is great, but I also loved that of her best friend who is there by her side while she swims. This is a moving, emotional, and tense read. Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in April.


  1. What a beautiful set of books, Lisa! I love the parallels between human migration and butterfly migration in A Flicker of Hope, and I'm excited to see a new Lucy Knisley book with Ride Beside Me (I loved her graphic novels Relish and Displacement). Deep Water also sounds incredibly beautiful. Thanks so much for the thoughtful reviews and picks, and take care!

  2. I have hope for all the challenges that migrants have to overcome. A Flicker of Hope sounds like one that shows some of them, Lisa. Thanks for the new 'hermit crab' book & I know of Deep Water, hope to get to it some time! Have a good week this week!

  3. Deep Water sounds good. I'll hopefully read it when it comes out!

  4. Thanks for the recommendations!

  5. These all sound great, especially A Flicker of Hope. I hope you've had a great reading week! (I'm late!)

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