Monday, February 6, 2023

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...

Dim Sum, Here We Come! by Maple Lam

A child tells about her experience with her family as they get together to share dim sum with each other. This is a lovely book about being together as a family, the importance of sharing, and the joy of a delectable meal. 

Hot Dog by Doug Salati

I checked this book out of the library after learning it is this year's Caldecott winner. On a very hot day a woman brings her dog to the ocean to cool off. Sparse text and lovely illustrations show the importance of getting away for a day and enjoying nature.

The Kindest Red: A Story of Hijab and Friendship by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali and illustrated by Hatem Aly

Faizah and her friends spend the day passing kindness on to one another. When it's time for school pictures, Faizah realizes she doesn't match her sister and her friends are there to help her out. This is a lovely story about kindness and community.

Nubby by Dan Richards and illustrated by Shanda McCloskey

Nubby is a stuffed rabbit who is unhappy with how he's been treated. He sets off to discover the wide world beyond his house, but soon realizes how good he had it. This is a sweet and humorous story about home and family.

On the Corner of Chocolate Avenue by Tziporah Cohen and illustrated by Steven Salerno

This is a fun biography about Milton Hershey that provides insight into how perseverance and kindness resulted in the invention of the famous chocolate bar that so many love. The book brings readers back in time to explain how Milton achieved his dream and started a successful business. This biography will fascinate readers.


  1. I got Hot Dog the same way, Lisa, but still need to read it. Each of the others are new so noted. I like the idea of The Kindest Red. Thanks!

  2. I have many fond memories of Dim Sum brunches to celebrate special occasions, so I was saddened to discover that Dim Sum, Here We Come! isn't available locally. Unfortunately, the real deal isn't either!

  3. Steven Salerno's illustrations are really catchy Can't wait to read the Hershey biography.