Monday, June 24, 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...

More Dung!: A Beetle Tale by Frank Weber

A beetle learns to appreciate what he is given rather than wanting more. Readers will be equally fascinated and grossed out by the dung beetle. There's a good lesson presented in an amusing way. 

Perla the Mighty Dog by Isabel Allende

One of Perla's humans, Nico, is being bullied at school. Perla wishes she could help, but isn't at school with Nico to do so. Nico observes how Perla uses her superpowers to stand up for herself and without even realizing it Perla has helped him. This is a sweet story written from the perspective of a dog from the talented author of many amazing novels. 

Bibsy Cross and the Bad Apple by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Dung Ho

Third grader Bibsy Cross loves school, but she is constantly getting in trouble with her teacher because she is too talkative. When she is allowed to partner with her best friend in another class for the science fair project she is determined to do her best. Bibsy is a relatable character and her resiliency and ability to see the positive in situations is inspiring. Another title in the chapter book series, Bibsy Cross and the Bike-a-Thon, published at the same time.

Magnolia Wu Unfolds it All by Chanel Miller

This is an endearing middle grade book about friendship, family, and community. Magnolia, along with a new friend her family has introduced her to, explores her neighborhood trying to find the owners of the socks left behind in her family's laundromat. Illustrations are included throughout the book.

Adult Reading Recommendation

How to Age Disgracefully by Claire Pooley

This is the third book I've read by Claire Pooley and I've enjoyed them all. This is an uplifting story about community, unlikely friendship, and found family. As in each of her books, the characters in this one are quirky and delightful. I finished the book and wished I could spend more time with them. I loved how the characters of senior age, although far from perfect, demonstrated that they can be of purpose to society. 


  1. I'll have to take a look at the Pooley title, since sometimes it's nice to read about people MY age instead of middle school age. Looks like you got a wide range of titles read this week!

  2. Each one sounds good, Lisa. I know about the Dung book, know it will be fun & interesting. Bibsy Cross sounds like a good one for numerous readers who are big talkers! Thanks for all!

  3. I do not know any of these; thank you for sharing them! My nephew is obsessed with poo books, so I sent Dung right away to my sister :)

    Happy reading this week and thank you for linking up!

  4. Allende's picture book interests me since so many adult and young adult novelists end up writing for a younger audience.

  5. I don't know any of these either! Especially intrigued by Magnolia Wu--sounds like one I'd enjoy. Will look for it at the library this week. Thanks!

  6. I have added Perla The Mighty Dog because it sounds good, but also, Isabel Allende! More Dung sounds hilarious.
    How to Age Disgracefully is already on my list, but it will be a while before it becomes available.