Monday, December 4, 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 Big Cheese by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald

The seventh book in the Food Group series is filled with puns and humor. The Big Cheese is used to winning, but learns he doesn't always have to be the best. 

Books Make Good Friends by Jane Mount

Books make good friends, as do other kids. Lottie is a shy kid who prefers to be reading a book. Her love of books opens her eyes to new possibilities. There are lots of different books featured within the story, to inspire kids' reading, too.

Brave Little Bear by Steve Small

It is time for a mother bear and her cubs to leave the mountain and travel to Spring Valley where they will live. Arlo doesn't feel very adventurous and isn't as brave as his sister Eva who always does things first. When a snowstorm comes, Arlo has no choice but to be brave for his sister. 

The Magical Snowflake by Bernette Ford and illustrated by Erin K. Robinson

Ori plays outside with her friends in winter, wishing that it would snow. One snowflake finally falls and, as Ori follows it, the streets seem to become magically covered in snow and the community comes out to celebrate the wonder and joy of winter.

The Three Little Mittens by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Natalia Shaloshvili

Mittens find themselves without a match and feel left out. When two non-matching mittens are paired together, it feels weird, but The Little Girl wonders why they have to match. In this story about inclusion and accepting oneself, a girl starts a new trend.

The Twelve Hours of Christmas by Jenn Bailey and illustrated by Bea Jackson

A spin on "The Twelve Days of Christmas," this story shows how a girl and her family spend Christmas day hour by hour. The family is missing their kitten, but observant readers will enjoy noticing the pet throughout the pages. 


  1. I just got Books Make Good Friends from the library, know it will be fun. And I noted The Twelve Hours of Christmas and Magical Snowflake, too, Lisa! Thanks, & have a great week this week!

  2. As usual, there are so many great looking books on your list today. I really wish my library at least had The Three Little Mittens on order. I am a hard core fan of Linda Bailey and am sure it will be splendid. I've put a hold on The Twelve Hours of Christmas and, like Linda, am looking forward to reading others on the list too.

  3. I've been in Christmas books reading mode thIs week. It's always interesting to see the new titles.