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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/14/17

14 Aug

I kicked butt reading this week, I finished The Painting by Charis Cotter and also read The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg and Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. I love getting to all the books I want to during the week! I finished Love, Hate & Other Filters in just one day, staying up wayyyyy toooo late to finish it. But it was so good, I couldn’t put it down. I’ll be posting a review soon.

This week’s reading goals consist of titles that I picked up at BEA, a never ending pile of ARCs that I need to get off my bookshelf if I ever have hope to add new books to my personal collection. I’m going to read Slider by Pete Hautman, The Incredible Magic of Being by Kathryn Erskine and if I get a chance The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris.


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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

The Grown-Up Joys of Reading Children’s Books – WSJ Essay

9 Aug

After reading the title of this article, “The Grown-Up Joys of Reading Children’s Books” I was excited to see what the author had to say, specifically in regards to what I would expect to be addressed, the diversity of children’s literature in the 21st century and how relatable it can be to both children and adults. Needless to say, that’s not at all what this essay is about, in fact the children’s titles referenced are classic titles that are not new by any stretch of the imagination – Goodnight MoonBedtime for FrancesThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The House at Pooh Corner.

I enjoyed how the author compared his feelings of the book as a child to his feelings about the book as an adult now sharing them with his own children, but expected to see references of more modern classics or popular titles that are so popular in this time period. Not to say that classic titles are “bad,” but to how newer titles can have just as lasting as an impression – authors like Kate DiCamillo, Christian Robinson, Peter H. Reynolds and Pam Muñoz Ryan and many of these authors and titles bring forward diveristy, tough topics and conversation starters that were never addressed in books published 50+ years ago. Considering the article starts with, “We are living through an extended golden age for children’s books…” I was just hoping for more of a modern look at children’s literature, rather than addressing the same authors and titles that have been discussed before.

The author of the essay, Bruce Handy, is publishing a book on the topic of reading children’s books as an adult entitled Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult, published on August 15, 2017 by Simon & Schuster. I’m curious to see if he addresses diversity and more recent literature or if the whole book is focused on classic children’s literature alone.

(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

(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Titles for Shark Week

25 Jul

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I’ve had a number of kids interested in shark books – everything from picture books (for those who frighten easily) to nonfiction titles that show rows of teeth and talk about sharks as apex predators and an important part of the ecosystem. So while everyone watches Michael Phelps race a Great White Shark, here are some awesome books to share together!

  1. Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  2. Gilbert the Great by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Charles Fuge
  3. Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever–or Snack Time? by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Michael Slack
  4. The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist, illustrated by Julia Gorton
  5. I’m a Shark by Bob Shea
  6. Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns
  7. Sharks! by Anne Schreiber
  8. Fly Guy Presents: Sharks by Tedd Arnold
  9. Magic Tree House #53: Merlin Missions, Shadow of the Shark by Mary Pope Osborne
  10. I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis

And a bonus title:

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy

30 Chapter Books Featuring Black Protagonists

11 Mar

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I started this just as a middle grade list, but didn’t want to ignore the littles who are just starting out in the chapter books world, so I featured books for kids from about 1st/2nd grade to 8th grade.  Of course, you don’t have to be in elementary or middle school to enjoy these books! I also included some books featuring biracial characters and characters from the Caribbean – specifically trying to promote as many different types of books as possible.  If I’ve offended anyone, this is not my intent! Some of these books deal with being different, because of the character’s skin color, while others are realistic fiction about everyday life and still others are historical fiction or fantasy.  Also, if you have other books that I missed (because 30 just isn’t enough) please let me know!

  1. EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner
  2. Lulu and the Duck In the Park by Hilary McKay
  3. Nikki and Deja by Karen English
  4. Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes
  5. Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson
  6. The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
  7. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
  8. Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  9. Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
  10. The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy
  11. The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
  12. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey
  13. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  14. Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  15. Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  16. As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  17. Kickoff! by Tiki and Ronde Barber
  18. Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith
  19. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  20. Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg
  21. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  22. This Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  23. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  24. The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
  25. The Buried Boxes Mystery by Sharon M. Draper
  26. Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick Barnes
  27. Miami Jackson Gets It Straight by Patricia C. McKissack
  28. Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake
  29. Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
  30. Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
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