Monday, November 11, 2019

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...

Finding Kindness by Deborah Underwood

There are many ways of being kind. The rhyming text and illustrations show the small actions those in a community can take to be kind and compassionate towards others. This is a sweet and heartwarming book.

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard

This beautiful and poetic book celebrates fry bread and gives insight into its role in Native American history and culture. The author's note is extensive, providing both additional information about fry bread and telling of the author's own experiences. Juana Martinez-Neal's illustrations are gorgeous and full of warmth.

Edison Beaker, Creature Seeker: The Lost City by Frank Cammuso

Kids who have read the first Edison Beaker, Creature Seeker will be excited to see there is a second book. Edison, along with his sister, Tesla, goes back through the Night Door to fulfill a mission, to save the city of Pharos, at his grandmother's request, and prove he is a creature seeker. This is a fast-paced graphic novel with adventure and humor. I know kids will be eager for the next book after reading this one.

A Book to Look for in 2020

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

The story of William "Scoob" Lamar, who goes on a road trip with his G'Ma, is Nic Stone's first middle grade novel. Wanting to escape the punishment he has been given for trouble he got into at school, Scoob is more than willing to accompany his G'Ma on the trip, but he begins to wonder if it was a good idea when she starts acting oddly. Filled with memories, secrets, and history, the road trip becomes an adventure that will change Scoob's life. This is a heartfelt novel of family. Thanks to the publisher, Random House Kids, for providing my book review group with an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in January.


  1. Finding Kindness looks like a great picture book. I'll have to check out a copy for my preschooler. Have a great reading week!

  2. I have Fry Bread on hold, still waiting, and will look for the others. Nic Stone's book sounds very good. Thanks, Lisa

  3. You read some wonderful books this week. I've added Finding Kindness and Clean Getaway to my list. Thanks

  4. Oh my, I have to read Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story. Fry Bread is a HUGE favorite in our area. My neighbor is always coming over to tell me when they'll have it available at the community center and I've longed to learn how to make it, myself, since it's one of my son's favorites. Can't wait to read the book. Adding this one to my list, for sure. And I have been so impressed by Nic Stone's young adult novels, so I'll look forward to reading Clean Getaway. Thanks for the heads-up, Lisa!

  5. I just ordered Finding Kindness and Fry Bread from my library. The both look awesome. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!