Monday, April 5, 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...

Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle: A Hatchling's Daring Race to the Sea by Kelly Jordan and illustrated by Sally Walker

Written in verse, this book tells of a loggerhead turtle's extraordinary journey to the sea from the dune where it hatched. The turtle encounters various predators along the way, but continues on with determination. The story is informative, suspenseful, and beautiful.

Give It! (A Moneybunny Book) by Cinders McLeod

Chummy's gran gives him ten carrots for his birthday and tells hime to spend some on himself and some on helping others. With the help of his gran, Chummy decides who he wants to help, but he must figure out how to make the best use of his money. This is a sweet story about charitable giving and making a contribution that will help the world. 

Mr. Complain Takes the Train by Wade Bradford and illustrate by S. Britt

Mr. Complain is not very pleased with his train ride to Dullsville for his vacation. A very patient conductor tries to help, but there is only one thing that will change Mr. Complain's attitude. The interactive nature of the book adds to the fun.

Merci Suárez Can't Dance by Meg Medina 

I loved reading about Merci and the entire Suárez family again in this sequel to Merci Suárez Changes Gears. Merci is in seventh grade and faces many new challenges in her family and school life. The exploration of friendship and first crushes are especially heart-warming and relatable. Thanks to Candlewick for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advanced reader's copy. The book publishes this week.

The One Thing You'd Save by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Robert Sae-Heng

This is a poignant book of verse and illustrations. A teacher asks her class to think about the one thing they would save if their houses were on fire and then they have a discussion about it. In the note at the end, the author describes her use of sijo, a traditional Korean poetry form, in writing the book. I think this is a book that will spark a lot of thinking and discussion.


  1. Oh I must get Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle. On a trip to Costa Rica, my students and I had the pleasure along with real empathy for those babies racing to the sea. We participated in a release & it was amazing. I have the new Merci Suarez, will read soon. I'm glad you liked it! And I have The One Thing You'd save, still need to read it too. Thanks, Lisa!

  2. I adored the first Merci Suárez book and I'm eagerly looking forward to reading Merci Suárez Can't Dance!

  3. I liked the first Merci Suarez, but can't get my students to pick it up. I wonder if the cover looks a little young.

  4. Thanks for sharing these books today. I have The One Thing You'd Save on my list and was reminded to see if my library has it yet. Hurrah they do!
    I read and enjoyed Merci Suárez Changes Gears, so I've added this next book to my list.

  5. I have seen The One Thing You'd Save a lot recently and love novels in verse. Thanks for the review! Definitely need to add it to my TBR.

  6. These books sound wonderful! I haven't read Merci Suárez Changes Gears, and I really should—I didn't know there was already a sequel! The One Thing You'd Save sounds wonderful as well. Thanks for the great post!

  7. Give It sounds like my type of book. And I can't wait to read LSP's newest book.