Monday, December 20, 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...

Santa in the City by Tiffany D. Jackson and illustrated by Reggie Brown

Kids at Deja's school have told her that Santa Claus is not real and she is beginning to have doubts herself. She has many questions and the adults around her give her answers that make sense. Although she doesn't get to see Santa herself, she finds out that the magic is real. 

Saturday at the Food Pantry by Diane O'Neill and illustrated by Brizida Magro

Molly doesn't understand why she and her mom have so little food and have to visit the food pantry. When Molly sees a classmate there, as well, she learns that everyone needs help sometimes and it's possible to both accept it and give it. This is a book that is both heart-warming and affirming.

Penny and Clover, Up and Over (The Lucky Dogs) by Erica S. Perl and illustrated by Leire Martín

A boy and his grandma are taking their dogs for a walk in the woods. When the come across a log, Penny can jump over it, but Clover needs some help. This is a cute series for early readers.

Rescue at Lake Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson

Madi and her friends have rescued two beaver kits, but because her mom has told her that she is not allowed to bring home any more stray animals she must keep it a secret. The three friends are also determined to find out who has killed the beaver parents. This is an interesting wildlife adventure that includes information about animal rescue and beavers.


  1. All of these books sound great! I know a ton of people have really enjoyed Rescue at Lake Wild, and Santa in the City sounds like a delightful read as well (especially considering the author is Tiffany D. Jackson—I really need to read some of her books!). Saturday at the Food Pantry sounds great as well—I wrote it down on my list! Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Lisa!

  2. I have Santa in the City on reserve, so just as soon as the previous patron returns it I'll go grab it up. That cover is just delightful!