Monday, November 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...

The Bright Side by Chad Otis 

The boy in this story lives with his family in an old school bus. He finally gets to go to school, but has difficulty fitting in. Knowing what it means to look on the bright side, he uses positive thinking to help the class with a disappointing situation. This book highlights creative thinking and optimism while also giving a glimpse into the life of a character who is homeless. 

Chip by Federico Gastaldi

Atticus wakes up one morning to find that Chip is not in his fishbowl. This book about loss shows the power of memories.    

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh by Mo Willems

While Santa goes to wrap some gifts he gives the reader a reminder that the pigeon is not to drive the sleigh. Another humorous pigeon story!

Mole is Not Alone by Maya Tatsukawa

A shy mole heads off to Rabbit's party but worries the whole way there about whether it's a good idea or not. Mole is clearly an introvert not interested in being in a crowd, but finds himself in good company. Readers who can relate to Mole will enjoy this story.

Patchwork Prince by Baptiste Paul and illustrated by Kitt Thomas

Based on the author's childhood in St. Lucia, this story tells of a boy whose mother makes him a cape out of pieces of discarded fabrics. Feeling like royalty in what some would consider trash, the boy is joyful and confident. This sweet story is full of love and positivity. 

Detective Duck: The Case of the Strange Splash by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver and illustrtated by Dan Santat

A duck named Willow is involved in solving a mystery and removing a tire, irresponsibly disposed of by a human, from Dogwood Pond. This is a cute chapter book with some humor and suspense and a message about caring for the environment.


  1. I know about the new pigeon book & certainly will look for it, Lisa. I noted The Bright Side and The Patchwork Prince. Thanks for each one & have a good week ahead!

  2. Looks like a mostly positive week of reading. Thanks for the reviews.