Monday, December 5, 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 Christmas Book Flood by Emily Kilgore and illustrated by Kitty Moss

This is a poetic and magical book about the Iceland tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve. The author's note at the end tells how Jólabókaflóðið originated. Reading this book made me want to immediately go cozy up with a book. 

Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett

Being the only squirrel living in Lake Park, Cyril is sad and alone, until he meets Pat and together they spend their days playing. Cyril is happy having another squirrel around, but the other animals know that Pat is not really a squirrel and don't think they should be friends. This is an amusing story about friendship and acceptance. 

My Fade is Fresh by Shauntay Grant and illustrated by Kitt Thomas

A little girl walks into a barbershop and states that she wants, "the freshest fade on the block." Even as others give suggestions as to how she should have her hair done, she remains true to herself and doesn't lose sight of what she wants. A fun and empowering book.

Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Kris Easler 

A blizzard comes early one winter, and with snow covering everything outside, a family has only soup to eat rather than the latkes and applesauce they enjoy every Hanukkah. In spite of their disappointment and having little to eat, they show their kindness to a lost kitten and dog that appear outside their door. Both the animals help the family discover a surprise that allows them to enjoy their holiday tradition. This is a sweet and fun story about kindness and traditions.

In The Neighborhood by Rocia Bonilla

The neighbors, having never met each other, are simply neighbors. One day that changes and they realize that their assumptions were not correct. This is a sweet story, with amusing illustrations, that shows what it means to be a community.

Walter Had a Best Friend by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

Walter and Xavier are best friends who hike, paint pictures, and spend quiet time together until they slowly drift apart. Now that Xavier has found a friend in Penelope, Walter's life has changed and his heart feels broken. On a sunny day, Walter's life changes again when he decides to go on a hike and take a new trail. This is a lovely story about changing friendships and moving on.


  1. I bookmarked each book, Lisa! There are many holds for The Christmas Book Flood at my library & it sounds wonderful. I do know about that tradition but will have to get the book. The others sound fun & needed, like Cyril & Pat, & the Underwood/Ruzzier new one! Thanks. Have a good week this week!

  2. So many great books this week Lisa. I loved Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett. I just went and put a hold on Walter Had a Best Friend. Thanks so much. Have a fabulous reading week.

  3. These all sound great! I don't get to read many picture books anymore (my sons are adults now), so i always enjoy your reviews to see what's out there!

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