Monday, March 21, 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...

Knight Owl by Christopher Denise

Owl dreams of becoming a knight. Although Owl is small, he works hard and is assigned Knight Night Watch. When he finds himself face-to-face with a dragon, Owl's cleverness, kindness, and bravery help protect the castle. Owl is an endearing character and the book has a sweet message about following one's dreams.

Tía Fortuna's New Home: A Jewish Cuban Journey by Ruth Behar and illustrated by Devon Holzwarth

Estrella's aunt must leave the Miami home she has lived in for many years since fleeing Cuba after the revolution in 1959. Estrella is sad her aunt must move, but learns the meaning of home. The note at the end gives insight into the author's family history and that of Sephardic Jews. A very touching story.

Waiting for Mama by Gianna Marino

Written from the perspective of a baby penguin, this is a sweet story about the beginning of the creature's life and also a celebration of family. The illustrations are gorgeous. 

Cress Watercress by Gregory Maguire and illustrated by David Litchfield 

Cress's father left one night and did not return. Now her rabbit family must move to an apartment in an oak tree where there are other forest creatures who can look after the children while Mama collects food. They meet new neighbors and make friends, but must also navigate the dangers of the forest. This is a charming, adventurous tale about family, friendship, and courage. 

Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee

Maizy, and her mother, are visiting Last Chance, Minnesota where her grandparents live. Maizy misses L.A., but she gets to know her grandparents better and learns about her family history from her Opa. The story within a story gave insight into the history of Chinese immigrants while the present day story described Maizy's experience with racism in the small community. This is a heartfelt story.

Adult Reading Recommendation

The Secrets We Share by Edwin Hill

This is an intriguing and twisty murder mystery/detective novel. I read it in about a day when I was on vacation a few weeks ago at the beach. It's written in dual timelines, the 1990s and present, each including lots of drama and secrets. Living in Massachusetts, I enjoy that the setting of this book, as well as the author's previous books, is Boston. 


  1. I shared Cress Watercress today, too, Lisa and enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for the others, all put on my list. I love seeing the penguin story. Have a good week ahead!

  2. I loved Maizy Chen! Half tempted to look at the new Behar title, even though picture books don't circulate well in my library. I like the premise!

  3. Knight Owl has been selling well at our store. It does look cute.

  4. Thanks for the heads up about all these books. So many look wonderful. I'll be looking for Maizy Chen's Last Chance and Cress Watercress.