Monday, May 2, 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...

How to Say Hello to a Worm: A First Guide to Outside by Kari Percival

A group of kids plant seeds, take care of a garden, observe living creatures, and watch their plants grow. Written in a question and answer format this book is informative, but it's really sweet, too. The illustrations are lovely. A great introduction to gardening for young children.

Out of a Jar by Deborah Marcero

Llewellyn is very uncomfortable with his feelings and puts them all into jars. When he runs out of room for his feelings, he learns there is a better way to handle them. This is a lovely book to help students learn about emotions and to add to a collection of books to foster social-emotional learning. 

Alice Austen Lived Here by Alex Gino

Two nonbinary seventh-graders are working on a school project which leads them to learn about Alice Austen, one of the first woman photographers, and queer history. It's a fun and sweet book that also explores community, friendship, and chosen family. Thanks to the publisher for sharing an advanced reader's copy with my book review group, #BookExcursion. The book publishes in June. 

Adult Reading Recommendations

Such Big Dreams by Reema Patel

This is a heart-wrenching, but compelling story of resilience. Rakhi is a character who readers will root for as she overcomes obstacles to make a life for herself now that she is no longer living on the streets. The insight into life in modern day Mumbai and the class system was eye-opening. 


  1. I've really enjoyed those 'jar' books. Thanks for the final two, Lisa, new ones to me & I put them on the list. It's great to see such a diversity of books continuing to be published!

  2. Hi there! OOH, I want Alice Austen Lived Here. I LOVE Alex Gino's work and this next one is going to be even greater! Now that state testing is over, I'll be reading the rest of my stack this week. Just EXCELLENT books out right now! Have a great week!

  3. I agree with Jennifer, there are excellent books out right now. I also enjoyed Out of the Jar, and garden books are, not surprisingly, really important to my students and staff right now.

  4. I've enjoyed Marcero's picture books and am thinking I should check out her graphic novels.