Monday, April 1, 2024

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...

Come Out, Come Out Chameleon! by Jonty Howley

Readers will enjoy spotting the chameleon as his owner searches for him. Equally fun is helping the owner coax him out of his hiding spot. 

What's New, Daniel? by Micha Archer

Daniel meets his grandfather in the park who asks him, "What's new?" Daniel explores the park, learning everything new that is happening there while also realizing that there are new things happening with him. too. This is a lovely exploration of the natural world. 

The Mochi Makers by Sharon Fujimoto Johnson

This is a sweet intergenerational story about a girl and her grandmother spending time together making mochi. Readers can learn about mochi and the importance of tradition.

The Night War by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

This is another great historical fiction novel from Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. This one does have a slight fantasy element to it. During WWII, a young girl is pretending to be Catholic while living at a boarding school in France after escaping from her Jewish neighborhood where Nazis captured many of her neighbors and friends. It's a powerful story of courage and resilience. 

Adult Reading Recommendation

The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger

This was an intriguing suspense and mystery novel. There was a bit of a supernatural element which I thought might turn me off, but I ended up enjoying the story in spite of it. It's atmospheric, taking place in an old apartment building which would be charming if it weren't so creepy. The building has a dark history and when the couple at the center of the book move in they become entangled in some chilling events that seem associated with their new living arrangements. 


  1. Often at the bookstore, Kids ask for books for searching. I'll see if we can get 'Come Out, Come Out, Chameleon'. I just bookmarked 'The Night War' from another list. It's intriguing about the fantasy part. Also, thanks for. your review of 'The New Couple in 5B' - sounds good, Lisa. Have a great week!

  2. These books look wonderful, Lisa! I can imagine The Night War is fantastic—it reminded me how much I loved another very different book by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Fighting Words. And all the picture books look like great choices too, especially The Mochi Makers (I love the illustration style!). Thanks so much for the thoughtful picks and reviews, as always, and take care!

  3. Can't wait to start The Night War next week!