IMWAYR – February 3, 2020

The weekly post where I recap some of the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Ocasionally, I’ll also talk about some adult fiction books as well.

Be sure to check out Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to see what other Kidlit readers are reading. Because, you know, we can never have too many books in our TBR piles.

Congrats to Jana Escher on winning a signed copy of Fresh Princess! Jana, please email me your address at rebecca.anne.herzog (at) or let me know in the comments how best to reach you so I can get you the book!

Picture Books

Jasper & Ollie
by Alex Willan
(Doubleday Books FYR, 2019)

I am always on the lookout for books with sloths and I was excited to find this one. I love Willan’s character design. It is also a really fun story about two characters who approach things a little differently, but are still great friends.

Marta! Big & Small
written by Jen Arena
illustrated by Angela Dominguez
(Roaring Brook Press, 2016)

My son seems to love books that are bilingual and this one is super fun. I love all the comparisons. I also thought that the illustrations were a lot of fun. We read this one multiple times before returning it to the library.

written by Adam Rex
illustrated by Claire Keane
(Chronicle Books, 20219)

Oh my gosh, the premise of this one is great! I’ve lost count how many times my kids have asked “why” about something. I think it is totally plausible that a young child could derail anyone’s plans with this incessant need to understand the world. So much fun.

A Friend for Henry
written by Jenn Bailey
illustrated by Bekka Song
(Chronicle Books, 2019)

There are not enough books like this one. I love how it presents Henry’s behavior as normal and okay and not different. I think it does a great job of capturing how difficult it can be for anyone to make friends. This is an excellent book for those on the autism spectrum and neuraltypical children alike.

Middle Grade

Dragon Pearl
by Yoon Ha Lee
(Rick Riordan Presents, 2019)

If you are looking for a fantastically fun, middle grade space opera infused with Korean mythology, you have to check this one out. See my full review here.

3 thoughts on “IMWAYR – February 3, 2020

    1. Have you read Yoon Ha Lee’s adult sci fi? I don’t read much adult fiction, but it is in the same universe as Dragon Pearl, which was really fun.

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