Monday, January 11, 2021

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...

Most Days by Michael Leannah and illustrated by Megan Elizabeth Baratta 

The minutes of an ordinary day  are filled with extraordinary things if one takes the time to notice. This is a lovely book about embracing the wonders of our world and appreciating the good that surrounds us. 

My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World by Malcolm Mitchell and illustrated by Michael Robinson

Henley comes up with a creative solution when his teacher gives his class an assignment to bring in their very favorite book in the whole wide world. This is a sweet book about finding the stories in ourselves. 

The Runaway No-Wheeler by Peter Stein

Truck enthusiasts will love this book. It's a silly story of a 18-wheeler that loses one wheel after another while on the way to make a delivery. Amusing illustrations and a humorous ending make this a fun read. 

The Magical Reality of Nadia by Bassem Youssef and Catherine R. Daly and illustrated by Douglas Holgate

This is a fun and heartfelt book about navigating friendship and identity. Working on a class project becomes complicated when Nadia, who is Egyptian American, finds herself being teased by the new student in her class because of her culture. With courage and resilience and a little bit of magic, Nadia works through the difficulties she faces. There are illustrations included in the book and a few pages are written in comic book style. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy. The book publishes in February.


  1. The Magical Reality of Nadia was interesting. I love the cover. I read the E ARC, so feel like I missed some of the illustrations. I haven't seen a paper ARC in a long time!

  2. I'm interested to read The Magical Reality of Nadia. It looks fun and important!

  3. My Favorite Book in the World was a lot of fun! A great choice for kids who don't enjoy reading. I'm also excited for The Magical Reality of Nadia! I'm looking forward to reading that soon. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Each one is new to me, Lisa, & each sounds good. Thanks and Happy Reading this week!

  5. Ooh, I'll be in the lookout for The Magical Reality of Nadia.

  6. These books sound excellent, especially The Magical Reality of Nadia and My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World! Thanks for the excellent post!

  7. Most Days by Michael Leannah sounds like a really good read, particularly after all that's happening lately. It's so easy to get dragged down right now. Thanks for the shares, Lisa!

  8. All of these are completely new to me. Since I've started focusing on Canadian authors I'm out of the loop with so many picture books.
    Thanks for the heads up about The Magical Reality of Nadia. I'll be looking for it.

  9. Nadia looks interesting -- I have a nephew who loves all things Egypt so maybe this contemporary aspect will appeal to him.