Monday, June 3, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is 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 or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

A boy is beginning his first day of kindergarten. From the moment he wakes and throughout his day of learning and interacting with friends, the boy exudes confidence and enthusiasm. Showing the delights and possibilities that the first day of school can bring, this book can help to ease first day jitters. The book reads like poetry and the illustrations are bright and joyful. Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of the book. The book publishes in July.

Awesome Dog 5000 (Book 1) by Justin Dean

Marty and his friends discover a robot dog which leads them to an adventure in which they are battling the evil super villain, Dr. Crazybrains. There is lots of action, but also lots of kid humor. The short chapters and illustrations will also make this a book that appeals to many kids. It publishes in July. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reader's copy.

Sea Sirens (A Trot and Cap'n Bill Adventure) by Amy Chu and Janet K. Lee

While Trot surfs with her cat, Bill, she keeps her eye on grandfather who has dementia. When a wave takes them under, Trot and Bill find themselves in a magical underwater world ruled by the Sea Sirens. The kingdom of the Sea Sirens is enchanting and beautiful, but also dangerous as they have been at war with the Serpents for years. Trot and Bill must face the Serpents when grandfather's life is put at risk. This graphic novel is gorgeously illustrated and the ending promises a future adventure. 

Refugee 87 by Ele Fountain

In an unnamed country, the military has taken control. Shif's mother has hatched a plan for him to escape, but before he can do so he's captured by the military along with his friend Bini and they are both thrown into a prison. This is a story of courage, survival, and friendship that is heart-wrenching, but ends on a note of hope. The book is marketed as appropriate for ages eight through twelve, but I think readers at the younger end of this range may find Shif's situation frightening. It's a gripping, honest read that gives insight into the refugee experience.


  1. Thanks for sharing these titles.Awesome Dog 5000 sounds like a great new series.

  2. The King of Kindergarten sounds like one for every KDG classroom. I have Refugee 87 on my list, hope to get it soon. Thanks for sharing Awesome Dog. . . too, Lisa.

  3. The King of Kindergarten sounds delightful and perfect for those little ones who might be feeling anxious. I've added Refugee 87 to my list. Thanks for the introduction to it.

  4. I just requested The King of Kindergarten from my library. I know some Kindergarten teachers who will really enjoy this book! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

  5. With Trent starting Kindergarten in the fall, he loved King of Kindergarten!
    Refugee 87 is a new title for me; happy to hear about it!
    Happy reading this week :)

  6. I just received Awesome Dog 5000 in the mail today and can't wait to read. Just from your review, I know I (and my students) will love this book!

  7. You've grabbed by attention with Sea Sirens by Amy Chu and Janet K. Lee. I enjoyed the Emily Windsnap series and I wonder how similar this one will be. Thanks for the shares, Lisa!

  8. Refugee 87 sounds like a must-read. Love authentic, gripping stories such as these. Thanks so much for sharing! :) Have a great reading week.