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Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Books with Fall Covers

10 Oct

This was not an easy post to work, I first started by checking out middle grade and young adult titles with fall-looking covers, but it got too difficult, so I made my life a little easier and went with fall-themed picture books!fall covers.png

  1. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
  2. The  Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
  3. By the Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriett Ziefert, illustrated by Mark Jones
  4. Autumn Is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray
  5. Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon
  6. Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow
  7. Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, illustrated by Susan Swan
  8. Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  9. Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Chad Cameron
  10. Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book


Resource: Diverse BookFinder

29 Sep

Diverse-Book-Finder-LOGO_L.pngCheck out this great new resource for getting diverse picture books into the hands of readers. The Diverse BookFinder “is linked with a circulating collection of picture books published since 2002, housed at Ladd Library on the Bates College campus.” And although not as extensive as maybe this diverse list from the Children’s Book Council, it does provide really nice curated lists about specific topics and themes.

This will become a wonderful resource for teachers, librarians, parents and kids as they search for books that they can relate to or learn from. It’s my hope that as they continue this website, their collection will grow and become even more extensive. Because the list directly relates to a physical collection in a library, it will not be as robust a list as one of any title ever created that fits a specific theme. But, I also hope that because this curated collection is exactly that, curated by professionals in psychology, children’s literature and librarians – that they are able to create a really strong collection of the best titles that portray each of the themes available. I can’t wait to spend some time searching for a few of these titles in my library’s collection and maybe even purchasing a few for my personal library as well.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/25/17

25 Sep

I’m back! I made it safely back to the States last Monday evening and spent the last week catching up on sleep, laundry, emails and work. I’m glad to say that I think I’m starting off this week in a really great place – and that I read far more than I expected over the past few weeks. I’ll share more about my vacation later, but for now…

I was able to complete:

  • Her Book Boyfriend by KR Grace
  • Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • All the Wind In the World by Samantha Mabry
  • The List by Patricia Forde
  • Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden (graphic novel!)
  • Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Goodnight, Little Bot by Karen Kaufman Orloff, illustrated by Kim Smith
  • Rufus Blasts Off! by Kim T. Griswell, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
  • Maurice the Unbeastly by Amy Dixon, illustrated by Karl James Mountford
  • Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone, illustrated by George Ermos

There will be a lot of reviews to come, so look for those. Otherwise, I’ve got a few more books I want to read this week, including:

  • The Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  • Elsie May Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  • Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon


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


21 Sep

jillian1.jpgI just recently heard a podcast on Books Between about Classroom Book a Day with it’s creator, Jillian Heise. I love the idea of reading a book every day kids are in school and not only that, but reading picture books to middle grade students. Jillian was inspired by Donalyn Miller and her summer vacation Book a Day challenge – and up-ed the ante to include her students.

I love the idea of teaching about a global perspective, theme, character development and so much more in a very short amount of time and then getting the chance to compare these ideas across a wide array of texts. This idea also promotes visual literacy which is becoming more and more integrated into students’ lives.

As I was listening to the podcast, I thought of a really interesting blog project – Blog Book a Day, if teacher’s can find five minutes to read a picture book during the school day, I should be able to do the same during my day. And it’s perfect in that I have access to a TON of picture books at the library, so I’ll never really have an excuse. So, I’m thinking about hashing out these details to start in January. It sounds like a great project!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

19 Sep

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New fall releases from picture books to young adult titles!

  1. La La La by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated Jaime Kim (Release Date: October 3, 2017)
  2. I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (Release Date: September 26, 2017)
  3. The Princess in Black: Mysterious Play Date by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Release Date: September 5, 2017)
  4. Just Dance by Patricia MacLachlan (Release Date: September 12, 2017)
  5. The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie (Release Date: October 10, 2017)
  6. Patina by Jason Reynolds (Release Date: August 29, 2017)
  7. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (Release Date: September 26, 2017)
  8. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (Release Date: October 3, 2017)
  9. Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart (Release Date: September 5, 2017)
  10. Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen (Release Date: September 5, 2017)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

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