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NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017’s Great Reads

8 Dec

npr booksI’ve posted about NPR’s Book Concierge over the past few years and am always interested in seeing what kind of titles NPR chooses to highlight. Just a few things to point out this year (and I’m focusing on the kid/teen titles) – I think NPR focused on providing a diverse list of titles from different perspectives this year with a lot of great titles that I’m seeing on many other lists as well as few titles I’ll have to get my hands on (I haven’t heard about them yet!).

Take the organizing tool with a grain of salt because I first assumed that NPR hadn’t chosen and graphic novels for kids (because you couldn’t pick that format in the concierge tool), but I did find a title on the list, if you just pick Kids’ Books. Other issues I’ve found include titles being only available in a few genres, rather than crossing over to all genres that fit that title.

Regardless, I love checking out the titles that different organizations choose to promote that have been published over the past year – allowing me to catch up with titles that I haven’t gotten to yet or opening my eyes to new titles that I haven’t heard about in blogs, on Twitter or in reviews.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hidden Gems in the Middle Grade Mystery Genre

29 Aug

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Mysteries are some of my favorite types of books to read. Here are ten middle grade mystery titles that you may or may not have heard of – enjoy!

  1. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  2. Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  3. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  4. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  5. The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
  6. The 39 Clues: Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
  7. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer
  8. The Underdogs by Sara Hammel
  9. Knightley & Son byRohan Gavin
  10. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore

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

Picture Book 10 for 10 – Sing Along

10 Aug

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There’s nothing as exciting as singing along to a picture book and gaining everyone’s attention – kids love music and song (regardless of how horribly you sing!) and if want to try to get attention in storytime, at home or while babysitting, try singing along instead of just reading – you’ll be amazed! I loved to sing along to books in storytime, it holds its own special power and really engages kids with the book. Here are ten titles that I’ve sang, chanted and loved – enjoy!

  1. If You’re Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition by James Warhola
  2. Ten in the Bed by John Butler
  3. Down By the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
  4. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow
  5. Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
  6. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
  7. The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort, illustrated by C. Brian Karas
  8. There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora
  9. Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  10. Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, illustrated Ho Boek Lee

pb 10 for 10 015Check out all the amazing lists coming out for this awesome event, Picture Books 10 for 10, hosted by Reflect & Refine and Enjoy and Embrace Learning.

(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School

8 Aug

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There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of “Back to School” and school-themed kids books. Here are a few of my favorite back to school stories to share with your kids! If you have other titles that you can’t live without, share them in the comments!

  1. Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Daniel Jennewein
  2. Follow the Line to School by Laura Ljungkvist
  3. Pete the Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
  4. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  5. Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex
  6. Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
  7. School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  8. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  9. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
  10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Go Camping with Picture Books

4 Aug

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My parents were (and still are) pretty cool – they’d pack all four of us up (with the dog), maybe some cousins and we’d go camping all around western PA in the summer. We had a small pop-up camper and I absolutely loved every minute of it! So I’ve created a short list of picture books about enjoying the outdoors and going camping!

  1. Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Kate Kiesler
  2. Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
  3. Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Mélanie Watt
  4. Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins
  5. S is for S’Mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James
  6. Duck Tents by Lynne Berry, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
  7. Yes, Let’s by Galen Goodwin Longstreth, illustrated by Maris Wicks
  8. Camp Rex by Molly Idle
  9. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
  10. The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and the National Parks by Bob Rosenstock, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
  11. Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes
  12. The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature by Helen Olsson
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