Monday, June 14, 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...

Butterflies Are Pretty...Gross! by Rosemary Mosco and illustrated by Jacob Souva

Butterflies are gorgeous to look at, but readers can find out some pretty gross facts about them, too, by reading this book. The interesting information, the format of the book, and the fun illustrations will all appeal to readers. This book is the first in a series and I look forward to finding out the topic of the next one. 

I Am the Shark by Joan Holub and illustrated by Laurie Keller

Great White Shark thinks he's the best shark in the book, but keeps getting one-upped by sharks who are better at something than he is. This is an amusing book with lots of facts about different shark species. Shark books are pretty popular among my students and they'll love the humor of this one.

When Lola Visits by Michelle Sterling and illustrated by Aaron Asis

This is a sweet book about the special moments of summer and the bond between a girl and her grandmother. Lola's grandmother visits from the Philippines and they enjoy many summer activities and meals together until she has to return home. The poetic text and the gorgeous illustrations capture the joy of summer and the love that exists within families. 

Better with Butter by Victoria Piontek

Marvel is a sixth-grader coping with anxiety. She rescues a goat from a group of eighth-graders who are mistreating the animal and is allowed to keep her temporarily. Butter, the goat, helps Marvel deal with her anxiety and becomes her emotional support animal. This is a realistic and heart-warming story about finding courage. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advanced reader's copy. The book publishes in July.

Summer Reading Recommendation

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I have been eager to read this book since back in January, I think, when I heard Taylor Jenkins Reid had a new book publishing. I enjoyed The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but I think I loved this one even more. The setting, the characters, and the plot are all fantastic. Malibu, surfing, the eighties...perfect summer read!


  1. Thanks for the picture books, Lisa, & Better with Butter, plus Malibu Rising. Each one sounds good! Have a lovely week this week!

  2. These books sound wonderful! I'm very intrigued by When Lola Visits, and Butterflies Are Pretty... Gross sounds fun as well! Better With Butter and Malibu Rising sound great as well—I know someone who just read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so I'll mention Malibu Rising to them. Thanks so much for the great post!

  3. I MUST get my hands on Butterflies Are Pretty ... Gross! My daughter is wanting to watch the metamorphosis process again soon and this would be a welcomed addition to our books. Thanks so much for sharing, Lisa!

  4. Better With Butter might be my personal motto, so I am going to look out for that book. Thanks for sharing these!