Thanks to Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts for this meme!

I was able to go on a library hop and visit a new to me bookstore last week which you can read about in my other blog: .

Sharing Our World: Animals of the Native Northwest CoastSharing Our World: Animals of the Native Northwest Coast by Ian Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I actually read this as part of a library’s Story Stroll, which you can read about here: https://bookstoresandlibrariesvisited…

A celebration of animals in the Pacific Northwest and what they teach us.

Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United StatesHear My Voice/Escucha mi voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States by Warren Binford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Various illustrators give voice to migrant children detained in the US-Mexico border and shines a light at the horrific situations they’re faced with.

Mel FellMel Fell by Corey R. Tabor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Absolutely delightful story of letting go of fears and just flying. A fun reading experience all around with fun illustrations.

Carol and the Pickle-ToadCarol and the Pickle-Toad by Esme Shapiro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun quirky book with a wonderful message of silencing the inner critic and using your own voice. It’s a world where readers would enjoy visiting over and over again.

Vivi Loves ScienceVivi Loves Science by Kimberly Derting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When aspiring marine biologist Vivi learns the class field trip is to the beach she is excited to discover what ocean life awaits for her there. Includes a couple of fun activities plus some science facts.

MartyMarty by Rachel Noble
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderful story about fitting in. When a Martian’s identity is exposed, he worries if he’ll always be an outsider or if he can find a place to belong.

Memory JarsMemory Jars by Vera Brosgol
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet story of finding the balance between holding on the good things in life and living in the moment.

Where Is the Dragon?Where Is the Dragon? by Leo Timmers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reminds me of Chris Haughton’s Shh! We Have a Plan but involving dragon-hunting instead of bird-hunting.

Measuring UpMeasuring Up by Lily LaMotte
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A kid enters a cooking channel to hopefully bring her grandma from Taiwan to visit them in their new home in Seattle. But the kids in her school tease her about the food she eats. How can she find a way to fit in and be herself at the same time?

Adrian and the Tree of SecretsAdrian and the Tree of Secrets by Hubert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I stumbled upon this while randomly browsing the shelves of a bookstore I’d never been to. I was intrigued by the title and then drawn in by the fact it was a graphic novel. The only thing I can say without it being too spoilery is that it’s very realistic and has a very moody feel to it.

Just Above My HeadJust Above My Head by James Baldwin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In a way, James Baldwin’s novel of brotherly love is a culmination of what made his other novels so great with the superb writing, the memorable characters, and the insights of what makes us all so wonderful and horrible at the same time. But, it also feels like all those other books combine in the sense that this was really long. I ended up reading two of his other novels before finishing Just Above My Head. I admire his ability to write such an epic but I wish we didn’t have to spend so much time with so many characters.

My Season of Baldwin is nearing its end after finishing this novel. One more to go!

The Amen CornerThe Amen Corner by James Baldwin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A pastor’s past comes to wreak havoc on her present and future. A power play erupts within the congregation. James Baldwin is great at putting characters you want to care about in difficult situations- most often due to society and sometimes, like in this case, because of human behavior.

Jimmy's Blues and Other PoemsJimmy’s Blues and Other Poems by James Baldwin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Readers can still expect James Baldwin’s sharp and cutting insights on life and love, race and society, in this collection of poems. “Inventory/ On Being 52” was probably my favorite.

You can view all the books I’ve read on my Goodreads page.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!

3 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- July 26, 2021

  1. I’m glad you got to visit a new library and bookstore! Hear My Voice sounds like such a powerful read, and Carol and the Pickle-Toad sounds like a lot of fun as well. And I really enjoyed Memory Jars and Measuring Up, so I’m glad you had a chance to try both of them! The James Baldwin books sound great as well. Thanks so much for the great post!

  2. I’ve enjoyed some of the books on your list today. Tabor’s Mel Fell is so delightful. I also enjoyed Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte. I had forgotten that I wanted to try Julia Child’s potato pancake recipe until reading your comments here. Happy reading this week.

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