Monday, October 18, 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...

Bear is a Bear by Jonathan Stutzman and illustrated by Dan Santat

This is a beautiful exploration of the love that exists between a girl and her stuffed companion. The illustrations are lovely.

A Walk in the Words by Hudson Talbot

Based on the author's own experiences, this is the story of a child who has a difficult time reading, but learns how to enjoy stories. Many students will be able to relate to the book and, hopefully, be inspired by the message of perseverance and resilience.

We Give Thanks by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

A frog and rabbit notice all they are thankful for as they journey through their town and celebrate with the other animals they encounter. This is a sweet, rhyming story to encourage gratitude.

Born Behind Bars by Padma Venkatraman

Kabir was born in a jail in India and has spent his entire life there with his mother who was wrongly accused of a crime. When he is deemed too old to remain at the jail, he is forced to leave. He is released in the care of a family member who turns out not to be a relative at all. With the help of a new friend, Kabir sets out to find the father he never met. An eye-opening and powerful read that touches upon many important themes.


  1. I'm glad to see you liked Bear is a Bear & Born Behind Bars, Lisa, two recent favorites of mine. Thanks for A Walk in the Words & We Give Thanks, both sound very good! Have a great week!

  2. Beautiful covers! And sounds like some great reads, especially A Walk in the Words and Born Behind Bars. I like the premise of a story about a kid who struggles to read. There are two side characters in The Edge of Everywhen by AS Mackey who deal with learning challenges, but a main character struggling to read is not one I’ve seen before. Thanks for sharing these book and your thoughts on them.

  3. These books look wonderful, Lisa! I've heard good things about Bear Is a Bear, and Born Behind Bars has also been a popular read lately! And I'm very intrigued by A Walk in the Words—it sounds like a valuable read. Thanks so much for the great post!

  4. I've added We Give Thanks to my list. Thanks for the heads up about all these books.

  5. I'm glad to learn more about Born Behind Bars - can't wait to read this one. And I'm adding We Give Thanks to my list. I'd like to grow my books for Thanksgiving and so this fits that need, nicely. Thanks for the shares, Lisa!

  6. All these look good; I'm particularly drawn towards A Walk in The Words. Thanks for the reviews.