Monday, November 22, 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...

The Electric Slide and Kai by Kelly J. Baptist and illustrated by Darnell Johnson

Everyone in Kai's family is good at dancing except for him. When an invitation to his aunt's wedding arrives, he is determined to learn the electric slide and earn a dance nickname. This is a fun story about dancing, family, and perseverance. 

Invasion of the Unicorns by David Biedrycki

An alien spy who looks very much like an adorable stuffed unicorn has landed on Earth with a mission to figure out if the unicorn army should invade. The unicorn has many new experiences and gradually develops a more positive attitude towards Earthling behavior. This is a unique and heartwarming story.

You Might Be Special! by Kerri Kokias and illustrated by Marcus Cutler

A series of questions are presented to help readers find out what makes them special. The illustrations are amusing and the message is sweet.

A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia

This young adult novel delves into life on a plantation in Louisiana in the 1860's. I put it on hold at the library because I am a fan of historical fiction and realized afterwards that it's written by Rita Williams-Garcia. She is an amazing storyteller and provides powerful insight into the history of slavery.


  1. The Electric Slide and Kai sounds like a wonderful read—and I keep hearing praise for Kelly J. Baptist's MG novels too, so it sounds like she's on a roll! All of the other books look wonderful as well, especially A Sitting in St. James. Thanks so much for the great post, Lisa, and happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Thanks, Lisa, these are new to me & I am really interested in A Sitting in St. James. Rita Williams-Garcia's books are always good! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I had A Sitting in St. James home from the library for three weeks, but never got around to reading it. I adore Rita Williams-Garcia but it was one of those times when what felt like a gazillion books became available at the same time. I've decided to read it next summer as part of Sue Jackson's Big Book Summer Read Challenge. These picture books look wonderful too!

  4. All these titles are new to me! The picture books seem like good read alouds for my #classroombookaday kindergarten class.