Monday, March 13, 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...

Bad Drawer by Seth Fishman and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley, Armand Baltazar, Anna Bond, Travis Foster, Jessica Hische, Tillie Walden, and Ethan Young 

The narrator has an awesome adventure story to share, but is not good at drawing the illustrations. The book has a worthwhile message about collaboration and being okay with asking for help. The artwork in the full page spread toward the end of the book, which is a collaboration of the illustrators of the book, is amazing. 

Make Way for Butterfly by Ross Burach

This is another book in The Very Impatient Caterpillar series that kids are going to adore. The silly butterfly's antics are humorous, there is a great lesson about being oneself, and readers will even learn a bit about pollination. The book publishes in April. Thanks to the publisher for sending my book review group, #BookExcursion, a review copy.

One Chicken Nugget by Tadgh Bentley

Inspired by Demi's mathematical folktale, One Grain of Rice, this story is about a monster who agrees to eat one chicken nugget the first day and for the next thirty days double the number from the previous day. Readers will be amused and very eager to find out if Frank will succeed in the challenge. 

New Pup on the Block (Wednesday and Woof #2) by Sherri Winston and illustrated by Gladys Jose

Wednesday and her dog Woof work to solve the mystery of a missing drone in this early chapter book. There are colorful illustrations throughout the book and information about how to solve a mystery. The characters and the mystery are both interesting.

Welcome to the Island (Isla of Adventure) by Dela Costa and illustrated by Ana Sebastián 

This is a sweet chapter book about a girl who lives on an island and has the ability to speak to animals. When a new girl moves to the island, her mother encourages her to make a friend, but this makes it difficult for her to keep the secret about her animal friends. There are lovely illustrations on most of the pages which give readers insight into Isla's life on the island. 

Adult Reading Recommendations

Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall

One day while working at her aunt's antique shop, Angela finds a letter that was misplaced years earlier. After opening the letter which reveals a secret about the intended recipient, Angela is determined to find the person to whom it belongs. The story alternates between the lives of three different women in three different time periods. It's a book about motherhood, reproductive rights, and choices. It's a wonderful work of historical fiction. 


  1. Like always, you've shared some books new to me, Lisa. Thanks for that. Bad drawer seems like one to read to everyone! And One Chicken Nugget sounds like fun & what a great idea!

  2. You've shared some interesting books today Lisa. I'm looking for One Chicken Nugget which sounds hilarious. I'm also interested in Looking for Jane.

  3. What a cool set of books, Lisa! I made note of Bad Drawer—the premise is delightful, and I love that so many actual illustrators joined in to make the book work (especially Tillie Walden, probably my favorite graphic novelist)! Also, I was scrolling back through your blog and made note of Wallflowers from last week too (can relate!). Thanks so much for the wonderful post!

  4. One Chicken Nugget sounds silly and fun. And I'm intrigued with Isla of Adventure.