Monday, August 16, 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...

Only My Dog Knows I Pick My Nose by Lauren Tarshis and illustrated by Lisa Bronson Mezoff

The title of this book will definitely grab the attention of students! Based on the title, I was expecting humor, but was surprised that it was really sweet, too. This is a story about the adventures of a child and dog and the love they have for each other. Readers are going to want a dog best friend after reading this one. Thanks to Scholastic for providing my book review group with a review copy.

You Are a Reader!/You Are a Writer! by April Jones Prince and illustrated by Christine Davenier

This is a fun and clever book that celebrates reading and writing. Written in rhyming text that connects in the center of the book, one side is about being a reader and the other being a writer. Both stories will help to inspire and empower readers and writers. The illustrations of kids engaged in reading and writing are lovely and filled with joy. The author shared with me that there are twenty-six characters that each appear in both stories and the center spread. I look forward to sharing this with students at the beginning of the school year.

Fish and Sun (I Can Read Comics) by Sergio Ruzzier

Fish is bored so he swims to the surface where he meets sun. They have fun together until sun sets and disappears. Fish doesn't understand what has happened, but returns the next day and gets a pleasant surprise. This is a sweet early reader graphic novel about two unlikely friends.

She Persisted: Florence Griffith Joyner by Rita Williams-Garcia & Chelsea Clinton and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger & Gillian Flint

She Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor by Meg Medina & Chelsea Clinton and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger & Gillian Flint

Inspired by the She Persisted picture books, there is now a chapter book biography series. Both these books are informative and inspiring. This is a series I am excited to put on my shelves because the message about working towards one's dreams and not giving up is an important one.

Summer Reading Recommendation 

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

This is a quick, entertaining read that was perfect for my beach reading. A mystery/suspense, I couldn't put it down until I knew who did it!


  1. I've been reading some "extra" suspense novels, too, Lisa. Thanks for this one & the others, too. I love that Ruzzier has a new book out, love all this books! Thanks!

  2. Uh oh, I think my son is already going to want a puppy, I don't need to encourage that, ha! :-D

  3. I so look forward to reading Only My Puppy Knows I Pick My Nose! You are a Reader/Writer is also one on my list to read before school begins which is not long now,

  4. I am a fan of Sergio Ruzzier so I went right away to make sure I had Fish and Sun on my list. I checked with my library only to discover that I already have it on hold!

  5. What a great set of books! Only My Dog Knows I Pick My Nose looks like a lot of fun, and I love the double-book format of You Are A Reader/Writer—I'll see if I can find a copy of it at some point. The She Persisted books look great as well—I'm particularly curious to learn about Sonia Sotomayor! (Although that reminds me that Sotomayor actually wrote a picture book I wanted to try reading.) Thanks so much for the great post!

  6. I just got Fish and Sun from the library today. I hadn't heard of any of the others. You Are a Reader/You are a Writer sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing.