Monday, October 12, 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...

The Purple Puffy Coat by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Daniel Duncan

Beetle gets Stick Bug a very flashy and fashionable purple puffy coat for his birthday and encourages him to show it off through the neighborhood. Stick Bug is not comfortable in the coat or being the center of attention. When Beetle realizes how Stick Bug feels, the two friends find a way to make each other happy. This is a charming story about friendship and the importance of understanding one another and respecting each other's feelings. Thanks to the publisher, Candlewick, for sharing a review copy of the book with my book review group, #BookExcursion. It publishes in November.

William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad by Don Tate

This is an important story about William Still, a historical figure who played a major role in helping enslaved people escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad. He also kept records of those he helped in hopes that he could reunite families. The author's note at the end of the book gives more insight into Still's story and the importance of sharing the remarkable actions he, and other Black Americans took, in the name of justice during this time period in history.  

The Tiny Mansion by Keir Graff

I've only read one other Keir Graff book (The Matchstick Castle), but I like how his stories include quirky characters and a little bit of zaniness. In this book, Dagmar's life has been uprooted when her family, including her annoying step brother, move into a tiny house in a forest. After ignoring a "No Trespassing" sign, she befriends a kid who has his own unique family situation. There is some fun and humor, but the book explores some important issues, as well. 


  1. I noted each one, Lisa. They all sound great & I will look for them, all new to me! Have a good week!

  2. I'm making sure I have all three on my list, Lisa. But the one I'm especially looking forward to reading is William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful reading week!!

  3. These books sound great! The Purple Puffy Coat sounds like a fun book with a great message! I am unfortunately unfamiliar with William Still, so I appreciate you sharing a book about him! And The Tiny Mansion sounds great—I do wonder what it is like for the kids of parents who do strange things like move into tiny houses. Thanks for the great post!

  4. Three new titles for me Lisa - thank you. The Tiny Mansion looks fun and good addition for kids who want a quirky read - love that description. I can see that basket in the classroom library - what else would go into that basket?

  5. I loved the William Still book. I had read it before reading the adult book The Water Dancer which is also based on his life. It was neat to see the connections between the two books.