Monday, May 24, 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...

Amira's Picture Day by Reem Faruqi and illustrated by Fahmida Azim

Amira is excited to celebrate Eid, but she is also disappointed that she will miss picture day at her school. After the celebration, Amira figures out a solution so she can be a part of picture day, too. The author's note at the end includes additional information about Eid. This is a heart-warming picture book with bright and joyous illustrations.

Buck's Tooth by Diane Kredensor

Now that Buck is old enough to enter the talent show he needs a talent, but his tooth keeps getting in the way. This is an illustrated, graphic novel-like chapter book that younger readers will find amusing.  

Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Pete Oswald

This chapter book tells about each of Harry's school days leading up to the 100th day. It's an endearing story that is a realistic portrayal of the life of a first grader and includes some kid humor, too. The book publishes in June.

Beach Read

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

This past Sunday, we had temperatures in the eighties for the first time since last summer, so I got to enjoy my first beach day of the season. My beach read was The Maidens, the upcoming book by the author of The Silent Patient. The mystery was interesting and I enjoyed the setting which was both idyllic and eerie. It was an engaging, quick read for me as I read most of it while at the beach. The book publishes in June.


  1. Every one is new to me, Lisa, and I know I'll love Amira's Picture Day! So glad you had your 'beach day'!

  2. What a great set of books! Amira's Picture Day sounds like a wonderful read, and The Maidens sounds intriguing as well. Thanks for the great post!

  3. Amira's Picture Day is on my TBR list. I love everything Reem Faruqi writes. Buck's Tooth is new to me and I love adding new early illustrated chapter books for young readers.

  4. Great to have beach days so early in the year. Thanks for all your shares, there are a couple I will look up for sure.

  5. I'm like Linda - all these are new to me. Amira's Picture Day looks an important reminder that our schools are made up of diverse students who celebrate different days. We need to be mindful of all of them!

  6. I'm on hold for Amira. My library is having trouble getting books from their supplier so it's taking months to get books, boo!