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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for My Brother

17 Apr

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This week is a FREEBIE week for Top Ten Tuesday, so with my brother’s birthday today, I decided to create a top ten list just for him. Growing up, my brother wasn’t much of a book reader, but he loved sports statistics and could rattle off stats for pretty much any baseball player for years. As he’s gotten older, he’s found some books that he loves and loves to read to his kids (my adorable nephew and niece)! So with the little time he has for himself, this is a list of books that I think he’d enjoy. Happy Birthday!

  1. Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
  2. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Theresa Totten
  3. Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town by Warren St. John
  4. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  5. Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia–and Even Iraq–Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski
  6. Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe
  7. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  8. Now Is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
  9. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
  10. If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For by Jamie Tworkowski

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.


Kwame Alexander Author Visit

5 Apr

I got the sheer joy of seeing Kwame Alexander at Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA last night. He’s on his Rebound tour that will hit thirty cities in a 45 foot bus and traveling with his best friend, and also a musician who presents with him and of course… his Newbery Medal. No big deal, it’s just THE NEWBERY MEDAL!

I really enjoyed getting to hear Kwame speak about his writing journey, hear him read from his most recent title, Rebound and learn about new titles coming out in the next few years.

Six fun facts you might not know about Kwame Alexander:

  1. The Crossover was written over the course of five years at a Panera Bread. He received 22 rejections before an editor decided to pick it up and lo and behold it won the Newbery.
  2. When he won the Newbery, he got a pool, he did 177 school visits worldwide and the kids demanded he write a sequel to The Crossover and Kwame wanted to write about the 80s, so Rebound was created.
  3. Kwame likes the quote, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” by Toni Morrison and decided to write because he wanted books that showed his friends and himself when they were kids.
  4. Kwame Alexander wrote 14 books before The Crossover and sold his picture book at a local Farmer’s Market on the weekends.
  5. Look for Kwame Alexander’s next book this fall, Swing a story about baseball, jazz and social justice!
  6. Booked is completely written in second person.

Back to School – Middle Grade Edition

25 Aug

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Back to school is always exciting and slightly scary time for kids and you can find gobs and gobs of picture books discussing the new school year, but it’s a lot more difficult to find titles for middle grade students getting ready for a new school building, a new school year or heading to school for the first time. Grab a title to enjoy during the first few weeks of schools!

  1. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  2. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan
  3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  4. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  5. School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough
  6. Sideways Stories for Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  7. Schooled by Gordon Korman
  8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  9. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
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