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#blogbookaday: What If…

16 May

35959676.jpg“Creativity, the power of imagination, and the importance of self-expression are celebrated in this inspiring picture book written and illustrated by real-life best friends.”

Summary:  “This girl is determined to express herself! If she can’t draw her dreams, she’ll sculpt or build, carve or collage. If she can’t do that, she’ll turn her world into a canvas. And if everything around her is taken away, she’ll sing, dance, and dream…

Stunning mixed media illustrations, lyrical text, and a breathtaking gatefold conjure powerful magic in this heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A very creative little girl imagines what would happen if she didn’t have a pencil to draw with and so begins her story of creating with whatever tools she has at her disposal. I loved how simple and yet so profound the text was, it was truly beautiful. And the illustrations – a combination of collage and pen and ink really work well telling the girl’s story. This is a must-have book in your collection!

Personal Reaction: I have been waiting, literally for months, to get my hands on a copy of this beautiful book and it didn’t disappoint! I think it’s my favorite cover so far this year and the text and illustrations weave so seamlessly together, it’s just amazing! This is must-have book to encourage imagination and creativity and also makes a great introduction to teaching kids about wants vs. needs or having more than others. I love everything about this gorgeous story. Plus, if you’re a huge nerd like me, you’ll see the little breadcrumb Mike Curato left in the full page spread of the little girl’s room – a character that is very familiar!

Title: What If…
Author: Samantha Berger
Illustrator: Mike Curato
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 10, 2018

#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!


Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Words To Describe Middle Grade Titles

24 Apr

This is a little something different, rather than rattling off a list of books, I spent some time really thinking about the words used in middle grade fiction and here are ten that are (I believe) fairly commmon:

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Overcome
  4. Invisible
  5. School
  6. Diverse
  7. Coming-of-Age
  8. Hope
  9. Belonging
  10. Identity

Middle grade fiction is about figuring out where a character fits in their world – within in family, friends, and school. Realistic fiction titles often involve overcoming odds, hope for the future and belonging. With diverse characters and coming-of-age stories, middle grade fiction is full of finding your identity and learning where you fit in the world.

TTT-Big2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/23/18

23 Apr

Short recap for the week – I finished up A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers and promptly didn’t get to any other books! My mom and good friend are in town for a long weekend which has been absolutely wonderful. We’ve had beautiful weather and spent a lot of time outdoors which has lead to less time reading, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Right now, at my desk I’ve got:

  • Forever or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
  • The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

And my goal is to get to at least two of these this week!


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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