Monday, June 27, 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...

Bug on a Rug by Sophia Gholz and illustrated by Susan Batori

This is a really fun rhyming book about a bug, a pug, and a slug with a message about friendship and getting along. There is some clever word play that adds to the fun. It will make an entertaining read aloud.

Honeybee Rescue: A Backyard Drama by Loree Griffin Burns and photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz

This nonfiction picture book will make a great addition to a collection of books about bees. It's a fascinating and informative story about how a swarm of honeybees was moved to a safer location. In addition to the story of the rescue, the author has interspersed additional facts related to bee removal. The backmatter of the book which includes an interview with the bee rescuer, a glossary, and an author's note give further insight. 

Mommy's Hometown by Hope Lin and illustrated by Jaime Kim

A boy has heard all about his mother's hometown in Korea, but when they go to visit the village has been replaced by a city. In spite of the differences, the boy and his mom make connections between the past and the present. This is a sweet story about home, family, and creating memories.  

Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo

Sue wants to join her friends at her a sleepover camp at the end of the summer, but her mother will not allow her to go. While on a month-long trip to visit family in Honduras, Sue's mother plans a surprise quinceañera for her, in spite of the fact that Sue has already made it clear that she doesn't want one. This is a sweet story about a teenager struggling to fit in and manage the expectations of those around her. The relationship between Sue and her abuelita is endearing. Readers of graphic novels about growing up will enjoy this one. Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.


  1. Miss Quinces sounds just like teen trouble with who wants what? Thanks for the others, too, Lisa. I'll especially note Mommy's Hometown. Have a nice week ahead!

  2. What a fabulous reading week you have had. I am excited about Honeybee Rescue, but also looking forward to reading the rest of the books on your list.

  3. What a great set of books, Lisa! Mommy's Hometown looks like a lovely story, and Miss Quinces looks really compelling as well. Thanks so much for the wonderful post!

  4. I'm always looking for new graphic novels for my classroom library and Miss Quinces sounds like a great one. Thanks for all the other recommendations. Have a great week!