Monday, February 8, 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...

Seaside Stroll by Charles Trevino and illustrated by Maribel Lechuga

Told entirely with words that start with the letter s, this is the story of a girl, her doll, and her mom taking a walk at the beach on a winter day. The use of sensory and action words and the lovely illustrations capture the beauty and wonder of exploring the seaside. 

Wolfboy by Andy Harkness 

Wolfboy is hungry and on a hunt for rabbits. As he journeys through the woods, rabbits can be seen hidden and out of his view. Readers will be delighted with the happy, surprise ending. The artwork is great - the creator shaped clay sculptures by hand which were then photographed and digitally painted. 

Starla Jean: Which Came First: The Chicken or the Friendship? by Elana K. Arnold and illustrated by A. N. Kang

This is an entertaining and charming early reader chapter book. When Starla Jean's dad tells he she can keep the chicken she finds at the park if she can catch it, that is just what she does. She brings the chicken home and from there their friendship grows. Beginning chapter book readers will appreciate the short chapters and illustrations.

Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd and illustrated by Michelle Mee Nutter

Readers who enjoy realistic graphic novels about growing up will love this one. It's a story about a girl who is about to get a dog and then realizes she is allergic. It also explores friendship and sibling relationships. Really sweet.

The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Raúf 

Aniyah and her younger brother are in foster care after their mother has died. Aniyah is convinced her mother is now watching over them as a star. A contest to name the star, leads Aniyah and the friends she's made at the foster home where she lives on an adventure to get to the observatory in London before someone else names the star. This book deals with sensitive issues related to foster care and domestic abuse, but it is a beautiful story.


  1. Each one sounds great, Lisa. My brother had a pet chicken growing up! He would love Starla Jean, even now, all grown up! I've bookmarked every one. Thanks!

  2. I should probably order two copies of Allergic. It's just the sort of graphic novel that my readers enjoy. Rauf's Boy at the Back of the Class seemed a bit young, but Star sounds interesting.

  3. It's the catching a chicken that did it. I have to read Starla Jean! Hopefully my local library will order.

  4. Why am I just now hearing of The Star Outside My Window? I especially appreciate the recent focus on stories related to foster care. I'm adding this to my list. Thanks for all these shares, Lisa!

  5. The Starla Jean book sounds quite fun! The Star Outside My Window sounds like a powerful story, and Allergic sounds right up my alley! Thanks for the great post!