Picture Book Month: Imagination

21 Nov

21A young girl is creative and imaginative, so when she decides to build a magnificent thing, she doesn’t give it another thought, that is, until her first try doesn’t work, her second try doesn’t work either and soon she’s become frustrated and upset that she can’t build the most magnificent thing that she can see so clearly in her mind. But, when her adorable assistant/puppy suggests a walk, the little girl sees that each of her failed projects has one part that might just work. This is a story of imagination, determination and learning that sometimes not making something the way you want it to be leads to making something magnificent.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful For

21 Nov


This list could go on forever, so I tried to force myself to keep to titles that I’m thankful for that were published this year in middle grade fiction. I still had a lot more titles that I would love to highlight, but here’s what I came up with for my list:

  1. The First Rule of Punk by Celia P. Pérez
  2. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  3. The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea
  4. The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner
  5. Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  6. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  7. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
  8. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  9. Refugee by Alan Gratz
  10. Auma’s Long Run by Eucabeth Odhiambo

What books are you thankful for this year?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Picture Book Month: Courage

20 Nov

20An inspirational story about never giving up and working hard to reach your goal. Emmanuel was born with a fully developed leg and in an area of Ghana where having a disability was seen as a curse and bad luck. But his mother never gave up on him, teaching him to never give up and to continue to work hard for what he wanted. Emmanuel went to school, worked to help support his family and even rode a bicycle around Ghana to promote the rights of people with disabilities in Ghana. Emmanuel now works with educators, members in the government and organizations to help others with disabilities gain access to wheelchairs as well as reach for their own potential.
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/19/17

20 Nov

I wasn’t able to get to all my reading this week, but I got to finish a few titles and honestly didn’t expect to finish as much as I did. This week I read:

  • Me and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King
  • Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  • Patina by Jason Reynolds
  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dust Bowling

I’m hoping to continue reading from this list in the upcoming week as I started The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley last night and have the following in my TBR list:

  • Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar
  • See You In the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Dear Martin
  • Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

There’s so much that has been published this year, but I just haven’t gotten around to reading them all yet. I’m hoping to cross these off my list to get ready for the “Best of” lists and awards that will start happening in the next month or two. What are you reading lately?


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

Picture Book Month: Artists & Painters

19 Nov

19I loved this inspirational story of an artist that I wasn’t familiar with – plus it’s written as a picture book biography making it extremely accessible to young readers. Horace Pippin was born in the late 1800s in West Chester, PA (right down the road from me!) and loved to draw with any supplies he could find around the house and neighborhood. Horace was shot during Word War I and when his arm healed, he found he couldn’t lift it on its own. After many years, Horace couldn’t ignore his passion for art any longer and worked hard to become stronger and eventually became a painter recognized by N.C. Wyeth, another local author. This is the story of a man who didn’t stop doing what he loved, even when he didn’t think he’d ever be able to do it again. Continue reading

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