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20 Titles for National Foster Care Month

5 May

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I’m always looking for ways to create book lists that I think are needed by people around the world, so when I saw that May is National Foster Care Month, I knew it would be a great time to gather some titles that show kids in foster care. I tried to provide some picture books, early chapter books, middle grade novels and teen novels – mainly focused on a story where foster care is part of a character’s life rather than focusing on too many “issue” type books where the book was written specifically to address the issue. I did include a few, that I found multiple times on other reading lists and didn’t think I should ignore. Now a quick caveat, there are as many different types of foster care situations as there are people, so even though I tried to provide a diverse list, the number of books about foster care are slim. I also tried very hard to focus on foster care, rather than adoption because (although some stories end with adoption) not all stories end that way and I wanted to be able to offer some kids mirrors for what their own lives look like right now. So, if I missed something that you think should be on the list, please share it, so that others will get your recommendations as well!

  1. Murphy’s Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care by Jan Levinson Gilman, illustrated by Kathy O’Malley
  2. Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon
  3. Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright, illustrated by Alissa Imre Geis
  4. A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
  5. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  6. Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
  7. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  8. Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live with Their Parents by Janice Levy, illustrated by Whitney Martin
  9. Summer of the Gypsy Months by Sara Pennypacker
  10. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  11. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  12. Pictures of Hollis Woods Patricia Reilly Giff
  13. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
  14. Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  15. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  16. One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  17. Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch
  18. Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
  19. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
  20. Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth edited by Diane René Christian and Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman

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

Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards

7 Mar

AWARD-SEAL-2017-combinedThe 2017 Children’ & Teen Choice Book Awards are ready to be voted on from March 3 – May 7. This is the only national book award that is voted on only by kids and teens.  A number of schools and states have their own awards, but this is the only national award.  To vote, head over to the Every Child A Reader website, where kids can vote or teachers and librarians and place a group ballot for classes and schools. The website also has printable ballots, I voted stickers and more!

The Awards are broken down into four categories with seven finalists in each category. The finalist are:

K – 2nd Grade BOOK OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

  • DON’T WAKE UP THE TIGER, by Britta Teckentrup (Candlewick/Nosy Crow)
  • FRANKENCRAYON, by Michael Hall (HarperCollins/Greenwillow)
  • KING BABY, by Kate Beaton (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books)
  • MADELINE FINN AND THE LIBRARY DOG, by Lisa Papp (Peachtree Publishers)
  • NANOBOTS, by Chris Gall (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT HATCHING, by Laura Gehl; illus. by Joyce Wan (Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers)
  • THE THANK YOU BOOK, by Mo Willems (Disney-Hyperion)

3rd – 4th Grade BOOK OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

  • THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER, by Carl Sommer; illus. by Ignacio Noe (Advance Publishing)
  • DUCK ON A TRACTOR, by David Shannon (Scholastic/Blue Sky)
  • THE HOLE STORY OF THE DOUGHNUT, by Pat Miller; illus. by Vincent Kirsch (HMH Books for Young Readers)
  • NOODLEHEAD NIGHTMARES, by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss; illus. by Tedd Arnold (Holiday House)
  • ONCE UPON AN ELEPHANT by Linda Stanek; illus. by Shennen Bersani (Arbordale Publishing)
  • WHOOSH!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream Of Inventions, by Chris Barton; illus. by Don Tate (Charlesbridge)
  • WOLF CAMP, by Andrea Zuill (Random House/ Schwartz & Wade)

5th – 6th Grade BOOK OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

  • BOOKED, by Kwame Alexander (HMH Books for Young Readers)
  • FUZZY, by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger (ABRAMS/Amulet)
  • GARVEY’S CHOICE, by Nikki Grimes (Boyds Mills Press/WordSong)
  • HILO BOOK 2: Saving the Whole Wide World, by Judd Winick (Random House/Random House Books for Young Readers)
  • MAKER LAB, by Jack Challoner (DK)
  • THE MISADVENTURES OF MAX CRUMBLY 1: Locker Hero, by Rachel Renée Russell (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin)
  • WET CEMENT, by Bob Raczka (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press)

TEEN BOOK OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

  • A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • CROOKED KINGDOM, by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books)
  • THE CROWN, by Kiera Cass (HarperCollins)
  • HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script, by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Scholastic)
  • THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, by Nicola Yoon (Random House)
  • THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, by Marieke Nijkamp (Sourcebooks Fire)
  • A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, by Sabaa Tahir (Penguin Young Readers)

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (Graphic Novel style)

10 Jan

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So I took this topic and focused solely on the graphic novels I want to read.  I’ve got a HUGE list of titles from the Nerdies Awards that I’d like to get to so I wanted to narrow my list a little and focus just on graphic novels.  As you can see there are titles for early elementary school age, middle grade and young adults – all on my TBR list!

  1. The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson
  2. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
  3. Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
  4. Compass South by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock
  5. Lowriders to the Center of the Earth by Cathy Camper and Raul the Third
  6. Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
  7. Snow White by Matt Phelan
  8. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  9. HiLo 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick
  10. The Imitation Game: Alan Turig Decoded by Jim Ottaviani

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/9/17

9 Jan

I went through a bunch of picture books this week as I’m trying to go through all the Nerdies winners – I’ve finished all the picture book and easy reader/chapter books. This week included:

  • The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale
    I love this series – a great girl power book that includes princesses and superheroes and villains too. This is also a great introduction to chapter books and a great option for a read aloud for younger kids as well.
  • Duck, Duck, Porcupine! by Salina Yoon
    I love Salina’s adorable illustrations and the little duck in this book cracks me up – all-knowing and just wishing someone would pay attention to them.
  • I Am Jane Goodall by Brad Meltzer
    A biography of a fascinating woman who proved that she could do anything she wanted and in so doing taught the world about chimpanzees.
  • Dear Dragon by Josh Funk
    I was lucky enough to meet Josh Funk, first on Twitter and then in real life at a book festival. He’s a great guy and an amazing picture book author with ideas like this one. Who doesn’t love to receive mail, especially from a pen pal? Until the pen pals meet and they realize they weren’t who they expected!
  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
    Ada doesn’t talk right away, but when she does she asks a lot of questions, thankfully her family embraces her desire to find answers by encouraging her  interest in science.
  • Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
    A grandmother just wants to be left alone and sets out on an impossible journey to find some quiet to finish her knitting. She thought her house was too busy, until she meets bears, goats, and aliens!
  • Shy by Deborah Freedman
    Shy is very… shy and until now he’s only ever read about birds, but oh, how he loves them. Finally a real bird comes along, will he be brave enough to meet the bird himself?
  • Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
    A made up language makes this a challenging read, until you get the beautiful rhythym, it also forces you to really examine the illustrations to fully understand the story. An amazing creation by Carson Ellis.

And finally, I’m working my way through The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz. I didn’t get to read as much of this as I wanted to this week, but I love the historical storyline and the magical realism that I’ve encountered so far. Plus, illustrations by Hatem Aly are not only really unique to this book, but also very entertaining.

My plan for the next week is to finish The Inquisitor’s Tale and hopefully work on a few other middle grade novels that I still need to read from 2016. I also still have The Reader by Traci Chee, which is my absolute next read as I keep seeing it EVERYWHERE! The ALA YMAs are coming up in a couple of weeks and I have a few more books I want to finish before the awards are announced.


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