MG Bookmas

13 Dec

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I’m going to be participating in this year’s #MGBookmas list – look for titles for the next 12 days that fit each of these fun categories! You can participate to on Instagram, Twitter or your own blog! Follow #MGBookmas for everyone’s choices. Continue reading

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Happy Hanukkah!

12 Dec

hanukkah-1I created a picture book list last year of Hanukkah titles – take a look and grab some of these great books to read with your kids during the holiday season! And if you’ve got some other suggestions – please let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Titles of 2017

12 Dec

I took the time to promote some titles that I haven’t seen as much buzz about (that also fit together as they all have blue-ish, green covers). I wanted to steer clear from some of the titles and authors that EVERYONE has heard about – Rick Riordan, Alan Gratz, Katherine Applegate, etc. And not that there’s anything wrong with those books – I loved them too, but I wanted to take the chance to promote a few titles that people might not have heard about – all of which would make great reads as we finish up 2017.

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  1. Elsie May Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  2. The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
  3. Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  4. Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  5. Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
  6. The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
  7. The List by Patricia Forde
  8. Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar
  9. The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
  10. Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

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

“What does it mean to be a family?”

11 Dec

IMG_20171210_101241.jpgSynopsis: Grace has had a rough few months – she misses the Homecoming Dance because she gives birth to her daughter the same night and puts her up for adoption, finds out that although she grew up an only child is actually the middle child with an older brother in foster care and a younger sister adopted by another family and she feels like she doesn’t know who she is anymore.

Maya, Grace’s younger sister, was adopted at birth and has grown up in a family of redheads as the only brunette – her family life looks perfect, except for the fighting and arguing and drinking that goes on behind closed doors. Maya’s girlfriend is a pillar of strength in the midst of the turmoil, but even she begins to get frustrated as Maya keeps her at arm’s length.

Joaquin has bounced around foster homes most of his life and after one failed adoption due to an event he refuses to talk about, Joaquin can’t allow anyone else to get hurt by his anger boiling under the surface.

What happens next is an exploration of what it means to be a family. Continue reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/11/17

11 Dec

I’m working on a new system for my reading habits. I’ve been taking out a stack of books for up to three weeks and then from the stack, choosing the titles that best fit my mood when I need to read something new! It seems to be working better for me – it gives me options, while still attempting to read the titles that I want to check off my TBR list before the end of the year.

Granted, I haven’t read as much as I had hoped during this year, but as my first full year as director, I had to re-align my work duties and personal life a little and I think that’s why my numbers are so much lower this year than in other years. I’ve also only offered a handful of programs personally and I know that reading for storytime, in the past, has given me a lot of titles for my reading list.

Overall, I’d like to plan on reading more in 2018, but I’m happy with this new system of reading and I’m getting a lot more read in the past few weeks than I have for most of the year previous to this.

This past week I read:

  • See You In the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
  • One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale
  • The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, Boya Sun

I’m hoping to dive into the pile on my desk this week which includes:

  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  • The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
  • The Harlem Charade by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  • The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
  • Speed of Life by Carol Weston
  • The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

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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

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