Monday, February 17, 2020

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...

Nesting by Henry Cole

This book tells the story of a family of robins over the course of a year. It provides information about the life cycle, but it also celebrates the wonder of the natural world. The illustrations, done mostly in black and white with some blue on various pages throughout the book, are gorgeous.  

Rita & Ralph's Rotten Day by Carmen Agra Deedy 

Rita and Ralph meet under the apple tree between their houses and play together until the day they get into an argument. Saying sorry is not easy for either of the friends, but they find a way to forgive one another. This is a sweet book about friendship and forgiveness. 

Jasmine Green Rescues: A Piglet Called Truffle by Helen Peters

Jasmine discovers a runt piglet at a nearby farm and decides to sneak the animal home. With her care, Truffle begins to thrive. Even though her parents warn her that keeping a grown pig will not be practical, Jasmine is determined to prove them otherwise. The first in an early reader series, this is a really sweet book that animal-loving kids will adore. Thanks to Candlewick for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in March.

My Life as a Potato by Arianne Costner

Ben thinks he is cursed by potatoes and now that he has moved from California to Idaho his school mascot is Steve the Spud. After breaking a rule in the school cafeteria, Ben, much to his dismay, is forced to fill in for the school mascot. He risks losing his friends and his popularity if anyone finds out, so he schemes to keep it a secret. There is lots of humor in this story about fitting in and navigating middle school life. Thanks to Random House for providing my book review group with an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in March.


  1. What a wonderful collection of books today! The cover of Nesting just about makes me swoon. So so gorgeous. I'll be looking forward to reading Jasmine Green Rescues: A Piglet Called Truffle. Friends of ours raised a runt. It was all delightful until it got to big for the house.

  2. These all are new to me and look great, especially Rita and Ralph’s Rotten Day! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

  3. I loved A Piglet Called Truffle & I'm sure Nesting by Henry Cole will be wonderful, Lisa. Thanks for all!

  4. I am looking forward to reading Jasmine Green. It definitely has a lot of kid appeal to young readers. My Life as a Potato is also on my TBR list. Have a great week!

  5. I am thrilled to add Nesting to my list, today. This is the first I've heard of this one and it looks just lovely! Thanks for all these shares, Lisa, and I hope you have a fantastic reading week!

  6. I am looking forward to reading the Jasmine Green series.
    I hope you enjoy lots of sunny reading this week. I'm seriously vitamin D deprived at this point in the winter!!