Monday, February 15, 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...

Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor

A kingfisher decides it is time to learn to fly, so with bravery and self-confidence she jumps from her nest. As readers turn the pages, they follow Mel as she falls from the tree, splashes into the pond, and makes her way back up to her siblings and Mama. The illustrations and the way the book is oriented to open vertically is really clever. Charming and fun.

How to Catch a Clover Thief by Elise Parsley

Roy is patiently waiting for his delicious clover patch to bloom, but a thief has been stealing it. When Roy realizes he's been outwitted, he gets a little help from a book and devises his own ingenious plan to catch the thief. This is an amusing story about problem solving and the usefulness of books. 

Crocodile Rescue! (Wild Survival #1) by Melissa Cristina Márquez

Adrianna's family travels to Cuba in search of a Mega Croc as part of their TV show. Adrianna is determined to prove that she is capable of participating in the wildlife rescues in spite of the fact that her parents think otherwise. There is lots of action and adventure in this book and it will appeal to readers who like survival stories that take place in the wild. There is also factual information about mangroves and various animals that can be found in Cuba.

Adult Reading Recommendation

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

This is a heartbreaker of a book, but an amazing read. It takes place during the Dustbowl in the 1930s and tells the story of a woman and her children migrating to California. I was captivated by this story of survival, which gave me insight into what people had to endure during a very tough time in U.S. history. One of my favorite reads of this year.


  1. I will be looking for Mel Fell. I am a huge fan of Corey R. Tabor. Luckily my library has it on order.

  2. I read mostly middle grade and YA, but I was so close to checking out The Four Winds last night! I was thinking about suggesting it to our teacher book club, too. Thanks for the vote of recommendation! ;)

  3. Thanks for those picture books, Lisa, & the survival story. My young neighbor loves them so I will tell him about it. I am jealous that you've already read The Four Winds, am sure it will be terrific! Thanks & have a nice week ahead!

  4. What a great set of books! The Four Winds sounds very powerful. Thanks for the great post!

  5. I probably can't handle a croc book. I might have to buy it for the croc fans at my school though. I know I am going to look for Mel Fell and How to Catch a Clover Thief as both authors have fans at my school for their sense of humour. Thanks for the great post!

  6. I need to get my hands on Mel Fell. I like it when books change the direction of pages -- kinda shakes things up and gives kids ideas on their own creations. Thanks for sharing, Lisa!