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Celebrate This Week- April 19, 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 happiness.

I am visiting family and friends in Las Vegas. It’s always nice to see them. Enjoy the pics!

My BFF at the Fremont Street Experience!

My BFF at the Fremont Street Experience!

One of Vegas' newest attraction is the High Roller- a beautiful but expensive observation wheel!

One of Vegas’ newest attraction is the High Roller- a beautiful but expensive observation wheel!

It's a tradition to take my nephews and younger brothers to buy books whenever I go here! I found a Scholastic Book Fair going on at a library!

It’s a tradition to take my nephews and younger brothers to buy books whenever I go here! I found a Scholastic Book Fair going on at a library!

Not only is this a gutter ball but it's actually rolling back to me since I overestimated the time for the pin-setter to go up!

Not only is this a gutter ball but it’s actually rolling back to me since I overestimated the time for the pin-setter to go up!

My brother and sister-in-law surprised me at Chevy's when the staff sang Happy Birthday! The best kind of hats are birthday hats!

My brother and sister-in-law surprised me at Chevy’s when the staff sang Happy Birthday! The best kind of hats are birthday hats!

Downtown Las Vegas is undergoing a renovation. One of the coolest thing is Container Park. Here I am about to go down one of their slides!

Downtown Las Vegas is undergoing a renovation. One of the coolest thing is Container Park. Here I am about to go down one of their slides!

The Bellagio Botanical Garden's theme is Spring but I like to think of it as Butterfly Garden.

The Bellagio Botanical Garden’s theme is Spring but I like to think of it as Butterfly Garden.

This is a fully functioning Cupcake ATM at The LINQ's Sprinkles Cupcakes location.

This is a fully functioning Cupcake ATM at The LINQ’s Sprinkles Cupcakes location.

I love visiting libraries and bookstores. This is Zappos' Lending Library.

I love visiting libraries and bookstores. This is Zappos’ Lending Library.

My brother, sister-in-law, and I took a tour of Zappos' new headquarters. If you're in Vegas, be sure to check it out. Always inspiring!

My brother, sister-in-law, and I took a tour of Zappos’ new headquarters. If you’re in Vegas, be sure to check it out. Always inspiring!

My Vegas family- except my uncle who was at work.

My Vegas family- except my uncle who was at work.

But whatever sights I saw or food I ate or things I did, the highlights are always the ones when I bond with the people I love!

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #15

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.

I’m currently on vacation and have limited internet access. I really didn’t want to give up on my blogging commitment so I’ve been making sure to carve out some time to get some posts up. And, thank goodness, for We Give Books for giving me (and everyone) access to books to read online!

Colorful Days by DK Publishing [**]

Colorful Days by DK Publishing [**]

Garden Friends by DK Publishing [**]

Garden Friends by DK Publishing [**]

DK Readers aren’t usually something I would pick up on my own but working with kids I’m glad I checked them out. Designed to match the reader’s level, I was glad to see the text was at least interesting. Simple sentences about subjects they may enjoy are combined with large photographic images with more word identifiers. A glossary is included in the end.

I like to recommend nonfiction to reluctant readers and this is a great series for emerging readers!

 

What Are You Reading? (90) #IMWAYR – April 13, 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: April 8, 2014
-Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday
-Celebrate This Week

If I Were a Book by José Jorge Letria, Illustrations by André Letria [*]- Perfect for booklovers who are quite familiar with all the awesome magical things books are. The selling point are the illustrations.

If I Were a Book by José Jorge Letria, Illustrations by André Letria [*]- Perfect for booklovers who are quite familiar with all the awesome magical things books are. The selling point are the illustrations.


Click here for my reviews of these two books!


Click here for my reviews of these books!

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy [****- My Pick of the Week]

The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy [****- My Pick of the Week]


Expect a review closer to the release date.

Tea with Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg [**]- A great book about the relationship between a granddaughter and her grandfather- and how they manage to spend time together even when they are apart!

Tea with Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg [**]- A great book about the relationship between a granddaughter and her grandfather- and how they manage to spend time together even when they are apart!

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

I’m starting on John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath for my Off the Shelf and Must Read in 2014 reading challenges!

Have a great reading week!

 

Celebrate This Week- April 12, 2014

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

This week I’m celebrating writing.

I’m currently in one of my phases where I’ve committed myself to write every day.

I’ve been successful in completing my Morning Pages (as introduced in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way) for over a couple of weeks now. With this exercise, I’ve learned that it’s a matter of showing up. I’m making a conscious effort to make this a priority because writing is important to me. It makes me feel good I am being that kind of person.

I’ve also been participating in a Poem-A-Day challenge. When I’m writing, I’m always surprised by how the brain works. How is it even we think about the things we do? And, the process of it all is incredible. It’ll be interesting to go over some of these poems at a later date to see if I improve upon them.

I tend to dismiss my blogging as not actual writing but it is. Maintaining a blog is hard work but I enjoy it. I love sharing my passion for and commitment to literacy. I love the communities I’m members of. I’ve always wanted to be a writer to make connections with others.

As for my writing with intention of publishing, this is something I still really need to work on. With the other writing I’m doing though, I think I’ll get this going again sooner rather than later.

What are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #14

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.

Baseball Is . . . by Louise Borden, Illustrated by Raúl Colón [***]

Baseball Is . . . by Louise Borden, Illustrated by Raúl Colón [***]


Louise Borden hits a homerun w/ her latest picture book BASEBALL IS! A great look into what makes the game so special for so many people! Raul Colom also scores with his illustrations!

Just One Bite by Lola M. Schaefer, Illustrated by Geoff Waring [*]

Just One Bite by Lola M. Schaefer, Illustrated by Geoff Waring [*]


I liked the information at the book about the 11 different animals featured than the regular story text. I was fascinated by the concept by the execution didn’t work for me, nor did the illustrations.

 

New Releases: April 8, 2014

This week’s a great week for picture books!

 Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century by Jane O'Connor, Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser [**]

Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century by Jane O’Connor, Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser [**]


The latest installment in the Fancy Nancy series finds the titular character disappointed that the wedding she’s been dreaming up won’t be as fancy as she thought it would be. She won’t even be the flower girl! Lots of people seem to be avoid the stereotypical girly girls but these books are good for vocabulary.

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light [***]

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light [***]


Steve Light takes readers in an impressively illustrated tour of a city as a boy searches for his dragon. I really love the black and white line drawings with bursts of color. Great counting and search-and-find book, too! Check under the dustjacket for a differ cover illustration!

Whaley Whale by Chris Raschka [*]

Whaley Whale by Chris Raschka [*]


Good for kids who enjoy Blue’s Clues. Cute illustrations. I can’t imagine why they just didn’t put this republished series in board book format.

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett Krosoczka [***]

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett Krosoczka [***]


First of all, cute title! This picture book tells the aquatic adventures of a seahorse and a jellyfish. A crab who constantly taunts them suddenly finds himself in danger. Will the two friends help their tormentor? A good story about giving and asking for forgiveness.

The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat [***]

The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat [***]


An imaginary creature does the unimaginable- seeks out a real live child to be his friend. A great message of not giving up when if it’s a friend you want, a friend you’ll get if you just put in the effort.

 

What Are You Reading? (89) #IMWAYR – April 6, 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!

Busy days continue this week. Scheduled posts didn’t happen- and posts I’ve been meaning to write still haven’t been written. Posts were quickly churned out. And, I’ve only just caught up with commenting on other people’s blogs. I do try and make an effort to visit everyone’s blog who leaves a comment here.

I attended a reading for Tom Spanbauer’s latest novel I Loved You More. I’ve only seen him speak and never actually read any of his books although I’ve been meaning to. He seems to capture truths and writes them down. After he read the first chapter, he did a Q&A which tackled a variety of topics- how much of his books (and this one in particular) are autobiographical, his writing process, and how fiction is a way of telling the truth more honestly. His Dangerous Writing method sounds incredibly fascinating!

One of the things I shared on Facebook was the following: “I love being a bookseller! Busy day but there were definitely moments connecting with other readers! The last customers were from the England. The mom worked for a big publishing house. We shared our favorite books. I printed mine out for them. Kindred spirits!” I do love my job!

I’ve been (very) slowly making my way through The Artist’s Way and participating in a poem-a-day challenge. The following wasn’t part or it- more of a bonus- but I always wanted to tackle book spine poetry. Here’s what I came up with:

bookspine

This week, I posted:

-Reading Resolutions: March Update- Includes Check Off Your Reading List and Must Read in 2014
-This is All Prologue- Reading The Artist’s Way and participating in a Poem-A-Day writing challenge for April
-Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday
-Celebrate This Week- Making a difference

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems [**]- Another installment in this hilarious series but, honestly, didn't enjoy it as much as the others!

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems [**]- Another installment in this hilarious series but, honestly, didn’t enjoy it as much as the others!

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen [*]- A rambunctious Tyrannosaurus ruins other dinosaur's time with his behavior. This might be good for kids who act the same way to get them to see how it affects others.

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen [*]- A rambunctious Tyrannosaurus ruins other dinosaur’s time with his behavior. This might be good for kids who act the same way to get them to see how it affects others.

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires [***]- What a great book for kids who get frustrated when what they're working on doesn't come out as perfectly as they thought it would! Actually, this would be perfect for adults as well. I know I need to work on my tendency to want things to be perfect right off the bat!

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires [***]- What a great book for kids who get frustrated when what they’re working on doesn’t come out as perfectly as they thought it would! Actually, this would be perfect for adults as well. I know I need to work on my tendency to want things to be perfect right off the bat!

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood and Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood [**]- I finally decided to read this popular picture book and was not disappointed. Kids will most likely enjoy this after their initial reading once they figure out the narrator's style.

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood and Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood [**]- I finally decided to read this popular picture book and was not disappointed. Kids will most likely enjoy this after their initial reading once they figure out the narrator’s style.

What To Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley, Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham [***]- Click on the image to read the review!

What To Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley, Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham [***]- Click on the image to read the review!

I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings, Illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough [**]- Lovely poem and mixed-media collage illustrations.

I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings, Illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough [**]- Lovely poem and mixed-media collage illustrations.

1 to 20, Animals Aplenty by Katie Viggers  [**]- From the author of Almost An Animal Alphabet, Katie Viggers' latest picture book will have readers counting all the different types of animals in the book. Has some fun wordplay.

1 to 20, Animals Aplenty by Katie Viggers [**]- From the author of Almost An Animal Alphabet, Katie Viggers’ latest picture book will have readers counting all the different types of animals in the book. Has some fun wordplay.

The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach,  Illustrated by Kelly Murphy [**]- In this new early chapter series accompanying the middle reader novel Masterpiece, Marvin the artistic beetle is sad his human best friend James is going away on vacation. He worries they may not be friends when he gets back. As if that wasn't enough, Marvin and his cousin gets trapped inside an electric sharpener!

The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy [**]- In this new early chapter series accompanying the middle reader novel Masterpiece, Marvin the artistic beetle is sad his human best friend James is going away on vacation. He worries they may not be friends when he gets back. As if that wasn’t enough, Marvin and his cousin gets trapped inside an electric sharpener!

Boris on the Move by Andrew Joyner [**]- Fans of Mercy Watson will enjoy the adventures of Boris, a warthog with a wild imagination. Short chapters, colored illustrations. At the end of each book are directions to make something related to the story. This was recommended to me by a kid!

Boris on the Move by Andrew Joyner [**]- Fans of Mercy Watson will enjoy the adventures of Boris, a warthog with a wild imagination. Short chapters, colored illustrations. At the end of each book are directions to make something related to the story. This was recommended to me by a kid!

How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon  [*]- Friendly lemurs follow a boy around. I like cute stuff but this story did nothing for. Of course, I'm not the target audience. The main character was unlikable.

How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon [*]- Friendly lemurs follow a boy around. I like cute stuff but this story did nothing for. Of course, I’m not the target audience. The main character was unlikable.

A Gift for Mama by Linda Ravin Lodding, Illustrated by Alison Jay [**]- A sweet lovely story about a boy in search for the perfect birthday present for his mother. He finds one good thing after another given in exchange by various people he meets along the way. Alison Jay's crackle-glazed art is full of details if you look closely.

A Gift for Mama by Linda Ravin Lodding, Illustrated by Alison Jay [**]- A sweet lovely story about a boy in search for the perfect birthday present for his mother. He finds one good thing after another given in exchange by various people he meets along the way. Alison Jay’s crackle-glazed art is full of details if you look closely.

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

This week I’m reading The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy.

Have a great reading week!

 
 
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