Monday, June 7, 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...

No Pants! by Jacob Grant

Pablo and his father are going to a party. They are almost ready, except Pablo does not want to put on pants, so his father must convince him. A couple of twists add to the humor of the story.

Percy's Museum by Sara O'Leary and illustrated by Carmen Mok

Percy moves to the country after living in a bustling city. Although it seems at first that there is nothing to do, Percy starts exploring and realizes there is much to enjoy about the world around him. This is a sweet story about the wonders of the natural world and friendship.

Toasty by Sarah Hwang

Toasty is made of bread, but wants to be a dog. When Toasty meets a girl who wants a dog, but is allergic, his dreams come true. This book, with its message about embracing one's differences and uniqueness, is both amusing and heart-warming.

Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year by Nina Hamza

Ahmed Aziz is having a pretty terrible school year. He is not thrilled to have moved from Hawaii to Minnesota. His father has a serious illness for which he is undergoing treatment. And being Indian American in a school that is mostly white, he is finding it hard to fit in. I really felt for Ahmed as he navigated a difficult school year and was rooting for him throughout the book. This is a fantastic story with a message about being true to oneself. Thanks to the publisher for a digital advanced reader's copy.

Adult Reading Recommendation

Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford

This is a memoir about complicated family relationships and resiliency. There were parts that were tough to read, but it's a very beautiful, honest, and moving book.


  1. Each one sounds good, Lisa. I laughed about 'No Pants'. My younger granddaughter has spent much of the year in nightgowns, & though she loved going back to 'in school', she didn't like getting dressed! Thanks for Epic Year & Somebody's Daughter, both now on my list! Have a lovely week ahead!

  2. These books sound excellent! Percy's Museum and Toasty sound like wonderful picture books, and Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year sounds like a great read as well. Somebody's Daughter sounds very powerful as well! Thanks so much for the great post!

  3. I did like Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year, and glad you did too. The No Pants book made me laugh-- my students have been wearing straight up pajama pants (with Sponge Bob print!) to school this year, so I guess the next frontier is the clothing optional battle. Hope you have a good week.

  4. Toasty is a new to me title and it looks so sweet. I will have to check if I can get it from my library.

  5. Toasty sounds adorable. I'll be on the lookout for this one. And I just checked out No Pants! Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the shares, Lisa!

  6. So many wonderful choices. No Pants sound hilarious. I'm looking forward to reading Percy's Museum because the author and illustrator are both Canadian. Happy reading this week.