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#blogbookaday: Nile Crossing

1 May

Nile Crossing.jpgSummary:  “Khepri lives in ancient Egypt, happily fishing alongside his father in the waters of the Nile. But today, Khepri will have to replace his fishing pole with the reed pens of a scribe: it’s his first day of school. As he and his father travel to Thebes, Khepri faces his anxieties about starting school and eventually finds a sense of peace.

From the author of Brother Hugo and the Bear, this gorgeous and poignant book delivers a relatable story in an unusual historical setting. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This was such an interesting book – the story of the first day of school for a young boy living in Ancient Egypt. The story itself is beautifully written, poetic in form and style and transports you to the Nile River as the young boy travels with his father to school. The illustrations have a texture behind them that lends the reader to believe they were draw on papyrus themselves and the style is reminiscent of Ancient Egyptian artifacts that you often see in museums around the world.

Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this story and more importantly enjoyed the fact that the author provided even more information following the story about writing and school in Ancient Egypt as well as providing further reading options for those who would be interested. The author and illustrator also provided notes about what inspired them to create this story and a glossary of terms is also included for the reader. I’d love to see this picture book used during the first week of school as it would be a great story to break the ice and discuss how school is the same and different thousands of years apart.

Title: Nile Crossing
Author: Katy Beebe
Illustrator: Sally Wern Comport
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 23, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Words To Describe Middle Grade Titles

24 Apr

This is a little something different, rather than rattling off a list of books, I spent some time really thinking about the words used in middle grade fiction and here are ten that are (I believe) fairly commmon:

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Overcome
  4. Invisible
  5. School
  6. Diverse
  7. Coming-of-Age
  8. Hope
  9. Belonging
  10. Identity

Middle grade fiction is about figuring out where a character fits in their world – within in family, friends, and school. Realistic fiction titles often involve overcoming odds, hope for the future and belonging. With diverse characters and coming-of-age stories, middle grade fiction is full of finding your identity and learning where you fit in the world.


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.

#blogbookaday: Islandborn

1 Apr

35631757.jpgSummary:  “From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination.

Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.

So when Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.”

Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Lola lives in a diverse community and so when her teacher asks the class to draw a picture of where they immigrated from, everyone is so excited. But, Lola doesn’t remember The Island, her birthplace. Her family left before she made any memories there. But, with the help of her family and friends in the neighborhood, Lola uses her imagination to create the place where she was born and where she still has a strong connection to – even when not all the memories are bright and cheery.

Personal Reaction: From the moment I set my eyes on the cover of this book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It’s an absolutely beautiful cover and the illustrations when you open it are just as lovely – bright colors, diverse people and a celebration of where you came from. Although this has a lot more text than the usual picture books I read, I thought that Díaz did an amazing job of not only showing the beautiful parts of a person’s homeland, but also addressing the reason why so many people left Lola’s amazing island. I was also a huge fan of the descriptions of where each child in Lola’s class came from – not using actual locations, but descriptions of the region that could very well encompass many countries that kids could relate to – even Lola, she always refers to her place of birth as The Island, with capital letters making it a very specific place, but one that could describe a number of islands sprinkled around the globe.

This beautiful story would be a great one to share, not only in diverse classrooms, but classrooms where maybe everyone’s family has lived in the same community for a few generations – a way to share that everyone comes from somewhere and a way to gather the memories of your family and learn more about yourself.

Title: Islandborn
Author: Junot Díaz
Illustrator: Leo Espinosa
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: March 13, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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