Monday, June 28, 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...

Moth & Butterfly: Ta-Da! by Dev Petty and illustrated by Ana Aranda
Two caterpillars have a lot in common until one changes into a butterfly and the other a moth. This is a cute story about friends accepting one another's differences that also gives an introduction to metamorphosis.

A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi by James Yang
This story, inspired by artist Isamu Noguchi, imagines how he might have spent quiet time alone, exploring nature as a child. It's a beautiful exploration of how the peace and wonder of the natural world can inspire art. 

The Cot in the Living Room by Hilda Eunice Burgos and illustrated by Gaby D'Alessandro
A young girl is jealous of the guests, children from the neighborhood, who stay over and sleep on the cot in her living room when their family members are working the overnight shift. When she finally gets a turn sleeping on the cot, she realizes that it's not as pleasant an experience as she thought. This is a heart-warming story about community, generosity, and empathy.

Maya and the Robot by Eve L. Ewing
Maya is having difficulty making friends now that she has started fifth grade and her two best friends are in another class. When she finds a robot, she takes it home and puts her science knowledge to use to get it to work. The robot becomes a companion and helps her feel less lonely, but she also learns important lessons about real-life friendships. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy. The book publishes in July.

Summer Reading Recommendation

Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

This is the first Elin Hilderbrand book I have read - she has written twenty-seven. The plot of this one sounded so intriguing - an author dies tragically right before her newest book is to be published, she spends the summer watching her family from the Beyond, and has three opportunities to intervene in their lives. It was really good and clever. I loved the setting, too. Like many of her books, this story takes place in Nantucket. 


  1. Moth and Butterfly looks sweet and informative. From reading your review, Maya and the Robot sounds like it has a lot of kid appeal. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Every one is new to me, Lisa! The Hilderbrand does sound intriguing, & I noted A Boy Named Isamu & The Cot in the Living Room, too! Thanks & have a good week reading!

  3. What a great set of books! I wrote down The Cot in the Living Room—I am accumulating quite the picture-book reading list! Moth and Butterfly: Ta-Da! also sounds great, and I wrote down Maya and the Robot as well! Thanks so much for the great post!

  4. A Boy Named Isamu has been on my radar. Thanks for reviewing it.

  5. All these books look wonderful. Any that were not on my list before, now are. Thanks

  6. I think I have all of these books in my pile, lol!
    I enjoyed Elin Hilderbrand books until I figured out every single one of them is pretty much the same book. But people still love them! They are good summer reads.