Monday, October 19, 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...

My Day with Gong Gong by Sennah Yee and illustrated by Elaine Chen

May is unhappy about spending the day with her grandfather because they don't speak the same language. They take a walk through Chinatown, and in spite of their differences, enjoy the day together. This is a sweet story about the love between a granddaughter and grandfather.

Norman: One Amazing Goldfish! by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

In the follow-up to Not Norman, Norman and his owner are back in a story about stage fright and being a supportive friend. The story and illustrations will amuse readers. 

Donut Feed the Squirrels (Norma and Belly) by Mika Song

After the pancakes have been burned, two squirrels, Normal and Belly, are on a mission to obtain donuts from the food truck that serves the delicious-smelling treat. The squirrels' antics are amusing and will give readers a laugh. This a graphic novel that will have readers eager for the second book. 

Summer of L.U.C.K by Laura Stegman

This is a sweet and magical middle grade novel about three kids who befriend each other at summer camp and discover a mysterious carnival. The story is engaging and the characters are wonderful. The book also explores important themes related to courage, self-acceptance, and friendship. Thanks to the author for sharing a review copy with my book review group, #BookExcursion.


  1. I liked the new Norman book, too. Who could imagine what fun could happen with a goldfish! I'll look for the 'donut' & 'squirrel' book & Summer of L.U.C.K is new to me & sounds good, Lisa. Thank you!

  2. I could have sworn I read the first Norman book, but I guess it was another picture book about a goldfish! I will have to fix this.

  3. Donut Feed the Squirrels sounds so funny. My kids are too old for picture books now, but they would've loved that one. I'll just have to get it for myself. :)
    I've heard great things about Summer of Luck.

  4. These books sound great! My Day with Gong Gong sounds like a wonderful story, and Summer of L.U.C.K. sounds like a great MG novel! Thanks for the wonderful post!

  5. I'm adding Summer of L.U.C.K. to my list -- new title for me. YAY! And I'm going to have to get my hands on both of the Norman books. So cute! Thanks for the shares, Lisa!

  6. Our second grades read NOT NORMAN so excited to know there is a follow up! I keep hearing about DONUT FEED THE SQUIRRELS. Must add to my TBR!

  7. Our second graders read NOT NORMAN so excited to know there is a follow up! I keep hearing about DONUT FEED THE SQUIRRELS. Must add to my TBR!


  8. I've been wondering about Donut Feed the Squirrels. Just ordered it, thanks!

  9. The Summer of Luck looks oddly familiar, and Donut Feed the Squirrels looks like more proof that squirrels are evil and want to kill us all. Great list.