Recent Reads

Rachel’s Goodreads bookshelf: read

Yes! We Are Latinos: Poems and Prose About the Latino Experience
really liked it
Liked it. This is an important book and the stories it shares are the kind of diversity our students need to see to either relate to or learn something new. My one drawback – giving it 4 stars instead of 5 – is it REALLY needed a differe…
Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains
really liked it
Cute trickster tale with a unique main character – a guinea pig! It was a bit of an abrupt ending, but other than that, a great story. Good choice for elementary library time during Hispanic Heritage Month, since it’s supposed to be in t…
Waiting for the Biblioburro
it was amazing
Wonderful. Would be great to share with young children or elementary age students to share how others get books around the world. Not for my middle school students, but a lovely book for sure.
Under the Mambo Moon
liked it
Liked it as an adult. Really enjoyed each person’s poem after they were introduced in the story. Went to Youtube to listen to Son Janozcos. it was amazing! The cover REALLY needs an appeal makeover. Would not appeal to my middle school s…
Cardboard
it was amazing
Oh my goodness, it was SO awesome. Everything by Doug TenNapel is wonderful, and this hasn’t been on my shelf since we got it in our library at the beginning of the school year! The illustrations were fantastic, and the storyline & theme…
Orphan Island
really liked it
Filled with wonder & magic, this book stands out among my summer reads. A completely different setting & situation from anything I’ve ever read. Ideal audience I would say is girls in 6th-7th grade. Could be appropriate for 4th & 5th, bu…
I Am Princess X
it was amazing
Loved it. Started as I expected but morphed into the unexpected – and it was amazing. Reminded me vaguely of The Lovely Bones at the end – I was truly scared, there for a minute! Great murder mystery, and the test of friendship. Already …
Last Day on Mars
really liked it
Excellent middle grade science fiction. It was a bit too much sci-fi for me, but for those readers who adore sci-fi, give this one to them next. 1st book of a series and you definitely want to read book 2 to continue the saga. Interestin…
Your Guide to the Periodic Table
it was amazing
What a great addition for any library’s science shelves! I love how friendly this book makes something as daunting as the periodic table. Full of color, illustrations, and easy to understand language, I will be purchasing this for my MS …
How to Catch a Leprechaun
really liked it
Cute! Perfect for an elementary library with a maker focus. The illustrations really bring the story to life, and the rhyming lines on each page make it extra sweet. Would love to see others in the series. Will not purchase for my MS lib…


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