Monday, January 24, 2022

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...

A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Perfect Valentine by Amy Young

This Valentine-themed addition to the series about Lucy and her unicorn, Sparkle, is sweet. Lucy's making Valentine's cards to tell all her friends what she loves about them and Sparkles decides he wants to make one for Lucy. Although Sparkle's card is not as fancy as everyone else's, he gets his message across.

Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives by Dav Pilkey

Another meeting of the Cat Kid Comic Club is in session and the frogs are getting a drawing lesson to learn about perspective. The frogs not only learn about drawing, but also the importance of seeing things through another's perspective. The comics within a comic structure of this book is creative and the story is humorous with lots of kid appeal.


Who Sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott?: Rosa Parks by Insha Fitzpatrick and illustrated by Abelle Hayford

Who Was the First Man on the Moon?: Neil Armstrong by Nathan Page and illustrated by Drew Shannon

These books are part of a new line of graphic novels in the Who Was? series. They each tell an intriguing tale of an important historical figure. The graphic novel format will make learning history accessible for those students who are motivated by shorter texts and illustrations.  

Candidly Cline by Kathryn Ormsbee

Cline dreams of becoming a musician. When she learns about a singer-songwriter workshop she is determined to attend even though her mother insists it's not worth her while. Cline is also trying to make sense of her grandmother's memory issues and navigate a changing friendship after she reveals that she is not interested in boys. This book addresses some important issues and challenges of growing up such as first crushes. Cline is a character who readers will root for.


  1. Candidly Cline is a new title for me and it sounds good, Lisa, one for those tweens. It's fun to see a new Dav Pilkey. His books fly off the shelves when we have them at the used bookstore where I work. Thanks!

  2. Hi Lisa, it looks like you read some wonderful books this week. I'm especially keen to check out Amy Young's books since I have a granddaughter who is crazy about unicorns.

  3. The Sparkle series is new to me -- need to check that out. So glad the Who Was series is adding graphic structure - so great for kids to see. Candidly Cline is in my TBR stack -- I need to get to it. Good to read your POV

  4. Who Was *graphic novels*?! I didn't know those existed—how awesome! I used to love that series, and I love graphic novels now, so... The Sparkle books look really fun too. And Candidly Cline sounds great as well—I read a book by Ormsbee that was disappointing, but I should give her a second chance, because people like her stuff! Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Lisa!

  5. A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Perfect Valentine sounds cute!!