Monday, June 20, 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...

The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

MJ's mom gives her a tiara for her first day of kindergarten and tells her what she needs to do to be Queen of Kindergarten. With confidence and joy, MJ fulfills her role as queen and has a perfect first day. This is a lovely follow-up to The King of Kindergarten.

The Juneteenth Story: Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States by Alliah L. Agostini and illustrated by Sawyer Cloud

An informative picture book about the history of Juneteenth. It's on the longer side for a picture book, but the author has done a great job providing details about the holiday.

Valentina Salazar is Not a Monster by Zoraida Córdova

This is a fun and action-packed fantasy about magical creatures and family. Valentina is missing her old life before her father died when her family used to be monster protectors. When she convinces her siblings to help her find the egg of a mythical creature what starts off as the worst summer becomes the greatest. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExucursion, with a review copy. The book publishes this month. 

Adult Reading Recommendation

The Nurse's Secret by Amanda Skenandore

This is historical fiction with a mystery and a bit of romance. It's set in the 1880's in New York and is based on the story of the first nursing school in the United States.


  1. I'm waiting for The Juneteenth Story from the library, Lisa & noted Valentina Salazar. Thanks!

  2. What a wonderful set of books, Lisa! The Queen of Kindergarten looks delightful—Vanessa Brantley-Newton illustrated a chapter book I loved many years ago, so I have wanted to track down more books illustrated by her. And The Juneteenth Story looks excellent as well! Thanks so much for the wonderful post!

  3. I just learned what Juneteenth was all about. I tried to see if I could find a copy of this from my libraries, but alas, only the one too far away has a hard copy on order. I've put holds on both The Queen and The King of kindergarten. My two oldest grandkids start school this year and I am hoping these might make good going to school gifts.

  4. I have Valentina Salazar on my list. Of course, what I really want to read is your adult recommendation. Maybe later!