It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/17/18

17 Sep

I was so extremely busy this past week! I worked my normal hours, plus had a Board meeting Monday night and went to three open houses on Tuesday-Thursday. I ended up coming home at 5pm, walking the dog , grabbing something to eat and leaving again by 6 and then not getting home until 8:30!

Then on Friday, I took the day off and was able to get a lot of stuff done at home – deep cleaned our master bedroom and started demo work on the garage. After that horrible storm we had a few weeks ago, I’m still dealing with water damage, so we pulled out all the drywall and insulation from all the walls and ceiling and and we’re having someone come in to give us a quote for spray foam insulation… hopefully it won’t cost too much! I hate spending my entire weekend on a project that’s really not that exciting – I mean the garage isn’t big enough to drive a car into and so it’s a glorified storage space (but it will look really nice when we’re all finished with it!)

Needless to say, I got started on The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart and am really liking it already, but spent very little time reading this week as I was constantly on the move. I’m hoping to have a little more time this week, but we’re finishing up the blog migration and there’s just a few more things we’re trying to iron out and hope to have the blog up and running late this week or by Monday at the latest!


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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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#blogbookaday: Brave

16 Sep

Brave.jpgSummary:  “An empowering picture book for all kids that demonstrates to children that they can be real-life superheroes and that all kids have what it takes to be brave. Superheroes seek adventure, never give up, and stay calm when others are
afraid. Superheroes are brave. But they aren’t the only ones.

Kids are brave every day. When they are told they are too little, but accomplish something big. When they check for monsters under the bed, just in case. When they face something uncertain, whether a thunderstorm or a hospital visit. When they stand up for what’s right, even when it means facing consequences.

Like superheroes, brave kids can save the world, just by being brave.

Thoughtful text from Stacy McAnulty paired with vibrant illustrations from Joanne Lew-Vriethoff encourage kids to be brave in all the ways they can: trying new things, speaking their mind, confronting bullies, and more. This book will inspire kids to follow their hearts and to have courage, no matter the situation.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A guide to being brave in all sorts of situations from checking under the bed for monsters, to a hospital visit, kids can save the world just by being brave. What I liked most about this book is that there were kids from all walks of life including (more than one) child with a disability.

Personal Reaction: I think that kids can often feel helpless and it’s more and more often to see kids with anxiety disorders and books like this can help children learn how to be brave, even when they might be nervous or scared. What I really liked seeing is that this book deals with every day issues that kids may actually face in their own world – like telling the truth when you’ve done something that causes a mess or running in a race or standing up for a friend. This would make a wonderful addition to your collection of empowering books for little ones.

Title: Brave
Author: Stacy McAnulty
Illustrator: Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Publication Date: October 3, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

#blogbookaday: 5 Little Ducks

15 Sep

5 Little DucksSummary:  “Make way for another perfect preschool picture book by Caldecott Honor recipient Denise Fleming!

Featuring a flock of oh-so-adorable fuzzy ducklings, this delightfully fresh take on the classic Five Little Ducks nursery rhyme emphasizes numbers and the days of the week—and these lucky ducklings are doted on by a loving Papa Duck as well as the traditional Mama. Young readers won’t be able to resist counting—and quacking—along!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A new take on the nursery rhyme/song Five Little Ducks, Denise Fleming adds the father duck to the story and they days of the week making this adventure story a great concept book as well! Plus, the story is filled with all sorts of animals to find and identify. I can definitely see this being a popular storytime read aloud for preschool age kids!

Personal Reaction: I loved the combination of counting down from five combined with the days of the week, making this a great concept book for toddlers and preschoolers. It’s also a familiar children’s song which I think will encourage kids to follow all the little ducks on each of their adventures. At the end of the story, there is a spread that shares some facts about the animals the little ducks meet on their adventures. Denise Fleming has a unique illustration style using pulp painting, check it out online, it’s a really cool process!

Title: 5 Little Ducks
Author: Denise Fleming
Illustrator: Denise Fleming
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication Date: November 8, 2016


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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