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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #43

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

Any Questions?Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m including this as a non-fiction because Marie Louise-Gay shares her writing process and gives tips on how to write a story in a very fun way. Kids ask her questions and she answers them. She also helps them write a story of their own.

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Does a Seal Smile?Does a Seal Smile? by Harriet Ziefert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A cute informative book that encourages kids to think about how animals- including us- communicate. I like the questions and activities at the back of the book.

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What Are You Reading? (118) #IMWAYR – October 26, 2014

Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children's Book Writer Facebook page!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children’s Book Writer Facebook page!

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

This week, I posted:

-Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday- Read my reviews for:

-Celebrate This Week- This week, I’m celebrating the Cybils Awards for introducing me to books I normally wouldn’t have read. Read my reviews for:

Two by Kathryn Otoshi [*]

Two by Kathryn Otoshi [*]


There was a fifty-fifty chance I was going to like this picture book based on her other two books but unfortunately I didn’t like it. The message is one of friendship, which I appreciated.

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells [**]

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells [**]


I read this for this year’s Read for the Record. At first, I was iffy about their choice but I realized what a great read-aloud this is. I also like the fact that it incorporates sight words.

The Red PencilThe Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Told in verse, and based on real life situations in Sudan, this is the story of a country and family ruined by war and a girl who wishes she’s able to go to school. This can be recommended to people who are inspired by Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s story- of how education for everyone is important to fight for. Illustrations decorate the pages.

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Hank Has a Dream by Rebecca Dudley [**]

Hank Has a Dream by Rebecca Dudley [**]


A sequel to Hank Finds an Egg, Hank Has a Dream is equally charming in the dioramas it uses to tell the story. Unlike the first one, though, this isn’t wordless, which I wonder if I would have like more if it were!

ABC Disney Pop-Up by Robert Sabuda [**]

ABC Disney Pop-Up by Robert Sabuda [**]


I love paper engineering and Robert Sabuda is definitely a master of this art form! It was fun to see the characters pop up!

Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel [**]

Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel [**]


Recommended to me, and I’m surprised I hadn’t read this yet considering I love Frog and Toad. Charming but not my favorite.

Naptime by Iris de Moüy, Translated by Shelley Tanaka [*]

Naptime by Iris de Moüy, Translated by Shelley Tanaka [*]


I was taken by the illustrations but wasn’t impressed by the story. In fact, I had read this last week and just forgot about it until now!

The Gentleman Bat by Abraham Schroeder, Illustrated by Piotr Parda [**]

The Gentleman Bat by Abraham Schroeder, Illustrated by Piotr Parda [**]


An old-fashioned tale told in verse about some rather fancy bats.

Expect reviews for these books during Wednesday’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge post:

Rating Scale
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

I’m reading a book for our upcoming Family Book Club- plus, more Cybils books!

Have a great reading week!

 

Celebrate This Week- October 25, 2014

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

This week I’m celebrating the Cybils Awards for introducing me to books I normally wouldn’t have read.

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Here are a couple of standout books…

The Secret Hum of a DaisyThe Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a book I had passed over when it first came out. I thought it was just going to be your typical orphaned-kid-must-now-face-the-world-on-their-own story but, after actually reading it, ended up appreciating it so much more.

The Secret Hum of a Daisy is a book full of surprises. Even when certain things were expected to happen, specific lessons to be be learned, I enjoyed the ride getting there. Loss- and how to rebuild a life after- was tackled very realistically and beautifully.

I also loved the way the different relationships and dynamics were written. I was reminded me how lucky I am for the grandmothers I have!

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A Bird On Water StreetA Bird On Water Street by Elizabeth O. Dulemba
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For someone who doesn’t like historical fiction, nature, and extensive physical labor, I really enjoyed this novel.

It’s always refreshing to me to read about a male protagonist who has no obvious quirk but just is a relatable character going through unusual and life-changing experiences.

It was fascinating to read about a South Appalachian mining town set in the the 80’s- that despite the fact that mining was causing environmental devastation and taking actual physical lives, it was all they knew and they depended on it.

Some might think this is simple or naive but it rang true to me. It made me want to do something good for the planet. Not all books have to make a big loud impact. It can start out small, like a seed, and grow from there.

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What are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #42

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with WordsMalala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words by Karen Leggett Abouraya
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve been wanting to read more about Malala ever since I’ve heard about her situation but didn’t really have the time to read her book- not even the Young Readers Edition. I didn’t even realize there was a picture book out until a parent came to the store asking about it since her four-year-old daughter wanted to be Malala for Halloween!

Luckily, I found this book in the library and was completely inspired by Malala, her words, and her actions, as I’m sure everyone else will be when they hear her story. They’d want to stand with her in her fight to ensure every child has access to education!

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Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomNelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by Chris van Wyk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another picture book I decided to read since I didn’t have time for the actual autobiography. But any exposure to the life of a great man like Nelson Mandela is good. I only knew bits and pieces of his life and his impact so I was glad to fill in some more gaps. I hope people will take away that they too can make a difference in the world around them. If there is an injustice, they have the power to right it.

A timeline and glossary follows the story.

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What Are You Reading? (117) #IMWAYR – October 19, 2014

Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children's Book Writer Facebook page!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children’s Book Writer Facebook page!

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

This week, I posted:

-New Releases: October 14, 2014- Read my reviews for:

-Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday- Read my reviews for:

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper [***]

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper [***]

-Celebrate This Week- This week, I’m celebrating being a reading machine!
Read my reviews for:

Evil LibrarianEvil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fun! Fun! Fun!

Any book that mentions the American Library Association and in which a musical takes center stage is a good book to me!

Demons are prowling everywhere in Cynthia’s school and it’s up to her and the boy of her dreams to rescue everyone before it’s too late. With the fresh and witty dialogue and ridiculously over-the-top situations, I can’t wait for the next book.

(I’m assuming there’s at least one more book based on the ending.)

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The Jacket by Kirstin Hall, Illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova [**]

The Jacket by Kirstin Hall, Illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova [**]


Sweet story about the perfect book and what happens when an overly excited dog gets its dirty little paws into it. I love the activity included in the book to make your own dustjacket or book cover!

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers [***]

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers [***]


A very winning and charming picture book that will most likely be my #1 pick for the holidays. I just loved everything about it. It’s not at all like your typical alphabet book. There are all kinds of references and callbacks to other short stories in the books and even his other works. A must read!

Zero by Kathryn Otoshi [**]

Zero by Kathryn Otoshi [**]


I wasn’t going to read Zero because I didn’t like One. But I enjoyed this one. Kids will enjoy this story and message of self-worth.

Expect reviews for these books during Wednesday’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge post:

Rating Scale
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

I’m reading lots of middle grade novels for the CYBILS awards.

Have a great reading week!

 

Celebrate This Week- October 18, 2014

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

This week I’m celebrating being a reading machine!


We’ve had copies of these board books in the store for awhile now and I’ve only just read them. They are adorable and introduces young kids to counting and colors in a fun delightful way! And, guess what, now it’s much easier to sell them!

Me & Dog by Gene Weingarten [**]

Me & Dog by Gene Weingarten [**]


I had been avoiding this picture book because I thought it was going to be a depressing book about an animal dying. But a customer said she’d heard the author being interviewed recently about it and I was intrigued. This story about a boy and his dog tackles the issue of atheism. While I don’t necessarily believe in that, I’m glad there’s a book like this for those who do.

This Orq. (He Cave Boy.) by David Elliott, Illustrated by Lori Nichols [**]

This Orq. (He Cave Boy.) by David Elliott, Illustrated by Lori Nichols [**]


I may like books with parenthetical titles. I was surprised to enjoy this picture book more than I thought I would. A cute story about a boy (another one!) wanting a pet and the mother who wouldn’t let him. The page that lots of parents tend to object to is the one with poop. It makes it a hard sell despite it being really good!

Under the EggUnder the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I can’t believe I had passed up on reading this when it first came out. It was being compared to From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler for goodness sake! That should have been a no-brainer!

In this clever middle reader mystery, Theo finds a mysterious painting left behind by her recently deceased grandfather. It has her questioning not only the authenticity of the painting but also the character of a person she greatly admired.

I loved all the things I learned while reading it. There was a conspiracy-novel feel to Under the Egg but fortunately it wasn’t like that at all. Still an exciting read!

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More book reviews coming up tomorrow!

What are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #41

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School by Suzanne Buckingham Slade, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell [***]

With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School by Suzanne Buckingham Slade, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell [***]

An inspiring account of Booker T. Washington’s quest to ensure a proper education was available for everyone. I loved that he never gave up despite numerous setbacks and insurmountable obstacles. Truly, knowledge is power and that gave him strength.

Little Humans by Brandon Stanton [***]

Little Humans by Brandon Stanton [***]

I’d seen some posts about Brandon Stanton’s blog “Humans of New York” on my Facebook page. I was curious as to how it would translate for a much younger audience. I love the message. Fans of the Global Babies series will want to grab a copy of this!

Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page [***]

Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page [***]


Each of the animals in this picture book is asked about one of their most identifiable physical characteristic in a fun one-question interview format. Information about their size in comparison with one another, what they eat and where they live are located in the back!

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper [***]

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper [***]


Another impressive nonfiction picture book! The way the words flowed just made it a delight to read- and that title! The illustrations are stunning, as well. Factual with a touch of whimsy.

 
 
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