- Middle Grade
Middle grade is definitely my wheel house, I love middle grade novels because they’re not afraid to address the “tough topics”, but I like the underlying layer of hope. YA sometimes is too dark for me!
- Historical Fiction
I grew up devouring historical fiction – I loved Caddy Woodlawn, Little House on the Prairie, all the American Girls books and pretty much anything else. I’m not even particular about what period in history, I love it all!
- Diverse Characters
Find me a book that discusses a culture, religion, disability, race, etc. and I’m happy. I think diversity is so important and I’m enjoying so many of the books that are becoming available that are diverse, but not about diversity.
- Magical Realism
I love books with just a little bit of magic, in a very real world atmosphere. I always say that when a book starts with a map and ends with a glossary of words (usually in a made up language), I’m done!
- Realistic Fiction
I really enjoy realistic fiction middle grade novels – I’m not sure exactly what it is about this specific genre, but I love them. I think I like that kids can see themselves in these novels and relate to these characters or be able to understand their friends and classmates. These books are powerful in creating a safe space for kids to learn.
- Fairytale Re-telling
Tell me a story is a fairytale re-telling and I’ll pick it up right away. I love fractured fairy tales, retellings and everything in between. I think it’s because I already have a familiarity with the story so I get to enjoy the story that much more. It’s like visiting an old friend and not even needing to say anything, but just start up where you last left off.
I enjoy coming-of-age novels because you can see so much growth in the protagonist. I lean more toward the younger side of coming-of-age and definitely more recently published books over the classics, but it’s a story arc that I enjoy and am always looking out for.
- Novels in Verse
I didn’t read novels in verse as a child, but I really enjoy them as an adult (still in the middle grade age range), because they use language in such a strong way. You have to try really hard to create a novel in verse that is both powerful and accessible and those are my favorite.
I love mysteries – I grew up reading The Boxcar Children, Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, the usuals. I think the anticipation of trying to solve the crime and the adventure that is involved it what makes this genre work for me.
I seriously considered an art history minor in college – I love art of all types, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, whatever you can find. If a book incorporates art (usually in a mystery), it will automatically get added to my TBR list.
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You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month. You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books! Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!
- There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Parker Klostermann
- Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz
- Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger
- Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
- Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox
- Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
- Little Red Writing by Joan Holub
- Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer
- The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara
- Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
I read SO many books this week! I, unfortunately, got the 24-hour bug as well which left me down-and-out (of work) for two days when all was said and done, but I definitely put the second day to good use, getting a lot of reading done!
This week I read:
- Stonebird by Mike Revell
- The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey
- The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
- Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson
- How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating
- The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics by Edward Keenan
- Symphony For the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson
It was truly a great week of reading! I enjoyed all of these books and hope to get some reviews posted soon! As for the upcoming week, I’ve got a lot on my hold list that I’m hoping will come in – Nest by Kenneth Oppel, The League of Seven by Alan Gratz, Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro, Jackaby by William Ritter, The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary, and I Don’t How the Story Ends by J.B. Cheaney. What I really need to start doing is noting where I find these book recommendations, because I add them to my TBR list and they appear, but I’m not always sure the reason I wanted to read them in the first place!
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 community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.
I absolutely love fairtale retellings and fractured fairytales. They’re some of my favorite stories. Below is a list of books I’ve read and there’s a bunch more on my TBR pile. I’m going to try and write up 140-character or less (a la Twitter) descriptions of each book. Find something that strikes your fancy!
A modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast – the most handsome guy in school is cursed for being a jerk and the girl who can help him.
Cyborg girl is a second class citizen, but also a gifted mechanic and must learn from her past to help Prince Kai save her world’s future.
A gift of obedience puts Ella in a scary predicament as she searches for the fairy to remove her curse, while falling in love with a prince.Sunday’s stories have a tendency to come true and when she befriends a frog and kisses him innocently good-bye her whole world changes.
A beautiful retelling of Cinderella that travels the globe and weaves through countries changing as the culture and landscape change.
Ophelia believes in science and when she finds a boy locked away by the evil Snow Queen, all her beliefs are put to the test to save him.
A graphic novel version of her story, where Rapunzel takes matters into her own hands rather than waiting for a prince to climb her hair.
Rump’s whole life is a joke and as he discovers his gift of spinning straw to gold he falls further into a curse which he must escape.
Hansel & Gretel learn the truth behind their story as they venture through eight Grimm-inspiredto find their own destiny and happiness.
Prince Charming doesn’t have a clue how to wake Sleeping Beauty and when he finds out, he’ll try anything not to have to kiss her awake.
First let me say, pop-up books can be the bane of my existence as a librarian because they never last long on the regular shelf, but if we keep them just for story times, they don’t get used regularly. This week we decided to place our pop-up books with our toy collection where patroons can’t access them, but are able to check them out to take home to share together. They’ll be searchable in the catalog and our circulation staff will be able to review these books as they are checked out and checked in.
The Goldilocks Variations written by Allan Ahlberg and with pictures by Jessica Ahlberg has moveable flaps, pop-up pieces and could be considered a librarian’s worse nightmare (seeing as though the first time it gets checked out, may very well be its last time being checked out). But, that being said, it’s an absolutely adorable book filled with many different variations of the Goldilocks story. I like this fractured fairy tale because it actually gives the read the traditional story at the beginning and then provides some laugh out loud variations. Goldilocks comes in contact with 33 bears, the Bliim (aliens), the furniture, and a host of other characters. Allan Ahlberg actually has done similar stories in The Jolly Postman and Each Peach Pear Plum highlighting the fairy tales kids know and love.
The stories themselves are only a few pages long and the pages are made out a paper that almost feels like a thick watercolor or drawing paper. I’m hoping this cute story will survive at least a couple of check outs because I think many families will enjoy it.
Title: The Goldilocks Variations
Author: Allan Ahlberg
Illustrator: Jessica Ahlberg
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: 2012