Monday, May 23, 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...

Abuelita and Me by Leonarda Carranza and illustrated by Rafael Mayani

The narrator of this picture book enjoys the fun times she has with her Abuelita when they are inside, but is upset and confused by the ways that her Abuelita is mistreated when they go out. Showing a child's experience with racism, this is a powerful story.

Catch That Dog! by Will Taylor

Joanie finds a stray poodle and convinces her parents to let her keep him. Unbeknownst to her, the poodle is famous and has been dognapped. The book was inspired by the true life story of Masterpiece, known as the world's most valuable dog, who mysteriously vanished. This is sweet, fun, and adventurous story about the friendship and love between a girl and her poodle. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in June.

Friends Fur-Ever (Must Love Pets #1) by Saadia Faruqi

Imaan has not been able to convince her mom to let her get a dog. With two of her friends, she decides to start a pet-sitting business to prove that she is responsible and caring. When Imaan starts caring for her neighbor's dog, Sir Teddy, she realizes that pet-sitting comes with challenges. This is a sweet story that pet lovers will adore. Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy. The book publishes this month.

What is Juneteenth? by Kirsti Jewel and illustrated by Manuel Gutierrez

Part of the What Was? series, this book provides the history related to Juneteenth as well as insight into how the holiday is celebrated today. Very informative.


  1. Thanks for the heads up about Abuelita and Me. My library has it on order and I am now looking forward to reading it for myself.

  2. Abuelita and Me was on my radar, but I'll push it up on my to-read list. Must Love Pets looks like a book my daughter will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I just shared my review of Friends Fur-ever this week too! Next up in my stack is Catch That Dog!

  4. Abuelita and Me looks like a lovely and important book.

  5. I've already put 4 holds on books before getting to your post, so I am resisting the urge to request Abuelita and Me—but I just may have to later! It's definitely on my list either way, with both the important topic and the gorgeous illustrations (as per the cover). All of the other books look wonderful as well! Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Lisa!