Monday, April 6, 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...

Hike by Pete Oswald

This is a beautiful book to add to a collection of wordless books. It celebrates the bond between a father and child and the wonder of nature.

Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Cotler and Harry Bliss

Cow is in a bad mood and when she kicks mud in Duck's face it causes one farm animal after another to act rudely to a friend. An act of kindness breaks the chain of bad feelings and the animals learn to say sorry and actually mean it. This is a very sweet story that will help readers understand the impact one's actions have on others and the importance of friendship and kindness.

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

This is a fantastic historical fiction novel set in Dakota Territory in 1880. Hanna, who is half-chinese, is adjusting to being in a new place after she and her father move, but also dealing with the prejudice she is facing. She is determined to get an education and make dresses in her father's shop. An honest and hopeful story, readers will gain insight into what life was like during this time period.

What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado

Stephen, an eleven-year old, biracial boy, living in Brooklyn, wants to do all the things his friends can because he believes he can have any lane he wants. As he confronts peer pressure and microaggressions and learns about acts of racism that have recently taken place, he strives to understand himself, his friendships, and the world. This is a relevant and important read that will help readers explore racial injustice. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy.


  1. I imagine you know I love Hike! And the final two are on my list. I have Prairie Lotus on hold at the library, but of course now I cannot get it. What Lane? sounds so good. Thanks, Lisa!

  2. Prairie Lotus sounds great, I will have to try to find a copy. Have a great reading week!

  3. Hike looks like an awesome book. At least hiking and walking in nature is something most of us are still allowed to do (with proper social distancing). I'll definitely have to look for it once the libraries are open again. Hope you're staying healthy and safe! Have a good week!

  4. I currently have Prairie Lotus on hold as an e-book with about a 2 week wait period. And I'm looking forward to What Lane? I sure enjoyed Torrey Maldonado's Tight! Have a wonderful (and safe) reading week, Lisa!

  5. These all look great - especially Sorry Really Sorry - thanks for sharing!

  6. Loved What Lane? and as you know, loved Hike!! One is on my long list for Newbery, the other for Caldecott. Need to read the other 2 on your list!

  7. I think Prairie Lotus was just picked for Global Read Aloud, which means I will be buying a copy so I can plan for next school year. Of course, I am now connecting with my students in some of the same ways that I usually only used during Global Read Aloud (Flipgrid, for one). It was good training for this part of the school year, I guess. I loved What Lane?. I think your picture books look really great too, thanks for the great post!

  8. I've seen What Lane elsewhere and I'm getting really interested in reading it.

  9. My stars, I absolutely LOVED Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park. This is one of my favorite #ownvoices books of the year.

  10. I keep reading rave reviews about Hike so that one is definitely on my list. I'm also looking forward to reading Prairie Lotus because I am a Linda Sue Park fan.
    Stay safe this week.