Monday, August 30, 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...

Cat Problems by Jory John and illustrated by Lane Smith

Being a house cat is not easy! The third book is the Animal Problems series is narrated by a cat who spends the day complaining. The cat's thoughts and behavior are amusing and those with feline pets will probably relate.

Isabel and Her Colores Go to School by Alexandra Alessandri and illustrated by Courtney Dawson

Isabel, who speaks Spanish and prefers it over the English language, is scared to go to school on the first day. She has difficulty understanding and fitting in, but her passion for coloring helps her make a friend. A very sweet story with lovely, colorful illustrations and text in both English and Spanish.

My First Day by Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên

A boy living in the Mekong River Delta paddles a wooden boat to school for the first time by himself. The boy's determination and bravery as he makes his way through rough waters and the jungle to arrive at his destination is inspiring. After reading this book I wanted to know more about the Mekong River and I think kids will, too.

GoldiBooks and the Wee Bear by Troy Wilson and illustrated by Edwardian Taylor

This book-themed retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears melted my literacy-loving heart. It's amusing and charming and has a great message about the power of books to bring people (and bears) together.

Scribbly: A Real Imaginary Friend Tale by Ged Adamson

Having moved to a new town with her mom, Maude is in need of a friend, so she draws one and names him Scribbly. Although imaginary, Scribbly helps Maude make friends. Her mom gives her wise advice about not needing Scribbly for others to like her and gives her a sweet surprise. This is a really cute book about the challenges of making friends and the importance of being oneself.

Thao by Thao Lam

This is a cleverly illustrated book that gives insight into the experience of having a name that others mispronounce and misspell. Thao's story is empowering and the message about the importance of using one's correct name is meaningful.

Tiny Tales: Shell Quest (I Can Read Comics) by Steph Waldo

A lonely slug, not realizing he is a slug, tries to fit in with the snails. The slug realizes he can be himself after discovering another creature without a shell. This is a fun early reader graphic novel.


  1. Ooooo! I’ve heard about Goldibooks! I need to get a hold of a copy for my collection of books about books! Looks like you had a great reading week. 😊

  2. Isabel and Her Colores & My first Day sound so nice, Lisa. Thanks for all you shared!

  3. I’m looking forward to Thao, but we still don’t have a copy. I did just put in a hold for My First Day, though. Cat Problems
    and Scribbly are completely new to me, but look really cute. Thanks for all the shares, Lisa!

  4. Great books this week! I loved Thao and My First Day.

  5. What a wonderful set of books! Isabel and Her Colores Go to School looks wonderful, as does My First Day. Scribbly and GoldiBooks and the Wee Bear look like a lot of fun as well, and I really want to try Thao as well! Basically, everything here sounds good. ;) Thanks so much for the great post!

  6. I gave Isabel to our bilingual teacher to read to her class before I left for Tokyo. I need to check in and see if they enjoyed it!
    I cannot find the Goldibooks book at any of our libraries. It's one that sounds like I would like!