Tag Archives: read alouds

Celebrating LBGT Pride Month

9 Jun

June is LGBT Pride Month and I definitely want to offer you some great titles to read, so you can check out my post from last year with a great graphic and titles for all readers! I’m really enjoying the fact that it’s becoming easier to find books with LBGT characters and as usual, my favorite are the books that don’t even “deal” with the topic but it’s just a matter of fact type of thing like, “the sky is blue and this character is gay.” It’s not something that needs to be discussed, it just is.

If you’re looking for more LGBT titles, check out the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table since 1971. This is a great place to look for true representation; titles that are well-written and portray he gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. The Children’s and Young Adult Awards for 2017 went to Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I’ve Read

11 Apr

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  1. Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
  2. Nuts To You by Lynne Rae Perkins
  3. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detective Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
  4. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young
  5. Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Jen Wang
  6. The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz
  7. Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
  8. The Underdogs by Sara Hammel
  9. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  10. The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas by David Almond, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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

(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books or Vin & Leo… or Funny Picture Books

28 Feb

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I get the chance to hang out with some pretty awesome kids at the library, but two of y favorites are Vin & Leo, brothers who come at least once a week to the library for storytime, play time, or to check out some new books. So, on behalf of a request for new books for them to read (they love funny books), I am devoting this (unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday to these guys… enjoy! (And apparently there are a lot of funny chicken books out there… who would have though!)

  1. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
  2. Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Eric Wight
  3. Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
  4. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  5. Guess Again by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
  6. This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne
  7. More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Troy Cummings
  8. Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
  9. Froodle by Antoinette Portis
  10. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

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

Black History Month: 25 Picture Books Featuring Black Characters

3 Feb

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Don’t read these titles only during Black History Month – these are great books to read any time of the year! And if you like a lot of these authors, they have other material as well, I wanted to promote as many different authors as possible! So stop by your local library or bookstore and stock up on some AMAZING read alouds that also happen to have black characters!

  1. Lizard From the Park by Mark Pett
  2. The Airport Book by Lisa Brown
  3. Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty
  4. H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination by Christopher Myers
  5. Last Stop Market Street by Matt de la Peña
  6. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
  7. So Much! by Trish Cooke
  8. Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs
  9. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  10. If I Ran For President by Catherine Stier
  11. The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  12. One Word From Sophia by Jim Averbeck
  13. Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson
  14. Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
  15. Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson
  16. I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
  17. I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison
  18. Baby Dance by Ann Taylor
  19. Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim
  20. I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker
  21. One Love by Cedella Marley
  22. Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
  23. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
  24. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
  25. Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse

Anna Dewdney Read Together Award

15 Dec

llama.jpgAn amazing award is being created by Penguin Young Readers, Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader to remember acclaimed children’s author/illustrator Anna Dewdney who passed away in September from cancer.

The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award “will be given annually to a picture book, published in the U.S. during the five prior years (for the inaugural award, between 2011 and 2016), that is an outstanding read-aloud and encourages compassion and empathy” (Publisher’s Weekly).

Nominations are currently being accepted until February 5, 2017.  Anyone – a parent, caregiver, librarian, teacher or bookseller are welcome to nominate picture books for this beautiful award. I can’t think of a greater way to remember the author of so many of my favorite storytime read alouds than this award.

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