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What Are You Reading? (126) #IMWAYR – December 21, 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 review for:
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-Celebrate This Week- This week, I’m celebrating more festivities and Green Bean Books!

A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper [***]

A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper [***]


Beautiful illustrations. Beautiful words. A little girl is inspired to follow her dancing dreams by the first African-American prima ballerina, Janet Collins. We Need Diverse Books and this is a wonderful title that answers that call.

The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma by Diane Fox, Illustrated by Christyan Fox [***]

The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma by Diane Fox, Illustrated by Christyan Fox [***]


A hilarious take on not only a familiar fairy tale but the art of storytelling as well. This is a perfect addition to the many other books that breaks down the wall between the book and its reader.

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Dust of EdenDust of Eden by Mariko Nagai
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Told in verse, this chronicles the story of one family during a dark period of human history where Japanese Americans were interned. Whole lives were uprooted and destroyed. It still breaks my heart to read accounts- even fictionalized.

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The Battle of Darcy LaneThe Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The new girl in the neighborhood threatens to ruin a friendship and the only way to settle it once and for all seems to be through a ball game called Russia. New alliances are formed in this surprisingly honest take of tweens.

Everything about this novel rang true. There will be mean people and sometimes they will win. But there are also good people and they will win.

I loved the portrayal of the parents here, especially at what Julia’s mom says at the end. It seemed honest and a bit gut-wrenching that she even had to say it. I can’t wait to recommend this!

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Expect a review for this book during Wednesday’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge post:

 A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Ines by Pat Mora, Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal [***]

A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Ines by Pat Mora, Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal [***]

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

I’m planning on reading more books for CYBILS.

Have a great reading week!

 

Celebrate This Week- December 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 more festivities and Green Bean Books!

On Sunday, a friend and I watched The Nutcracker ballet. It was my first time seeing it. I thought I knew the story but apparently not. People had kept saying it was a rather long production but it was actually quite short. Impressive set and choreography although I did find the actual storyline lacking.

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On Monday, it was announced that Green Bean Books was one of the recipients of James Patterson’s Saving Bookstores, Saving Lives grant! We couldn’t be more thrilled. What an outstanding human being and literacy advocate James Patterson is!

As the holiday shopping season ramps up, I actually become more grateful to be a bookseller. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing how much our recommendations have been enjoyed and appreciated- from regulars, to new customers, and casual shoppers like the couple with 10 grandchildren who come every Christmas and they tell me their ages and preferences and I pick out books for them! We love welcoming back people to Green Bean Books even if they only come once a year because they tell us they look forward to it.

I’m a lucky guy!

What are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #50

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.

The Song of FrancisThe Song of Francis by Tomie dePaola
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A very simple introduction to the life of Saint Francis of Assisi- of how he was moved to song by God’s love. Collage illustrations are used, which I think is not typical of dePaola’s regular style.

I read this as part of We Give Books’ Season’s Reading Challenge in which they donate two books for every book read on their site through January 4. Take part: http://www.wegivebooks.org/give/winter

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What Are You Reading? (125) #IMWAYR – December 14, 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- Read my reviews for:

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

-Celebrate This Week- This week, I’m celebrating a miscellany of moments! Read my reviews for:

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Death by Toilet PaperDeath by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hilarious middle-reader novel about a boy who enters contests in hopes of winning to help his mom financially. It does have a dead dad and a grandpa going senile plus some serious bullying but I still found it more on the refreshing side. I enjoyed reading toiler paper facts that start off each chapter.

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Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum MileEddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Highly enjoyed this mystery featuring a short, African-American boy with a photographic memory. His talent makes him a valuable player with the NYPD after he witnesses a crime being committed. Art and laugh out loud moments will make this a popular book amongst readers. Illustrations of characters are found throughout the book. I can’t wait for the sequel!

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

Have a great reading week!

 

Celebrate This Week- December 12, 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 a miscellany of moments, including this:
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Volunteering

But first, I reached 150 volunteer hours for the year during my library shift over the weekend!

I also ended up volunteering for another Early Childhood Literacy-focused session. We bundled up books and kits to go to different minority groups. What was cool was that I recognized some people from other volunteering events and from the bookstore. It’s a great community to be a part of!

Jury Duty

I got summoned for jury duty. It may not seem exciting to some of you but I was glad to fulfill that duty as a citizen. I didn’t get to serve on any trial but I did get some reading for the CYBILS awards!

Festivities

I won free tickets to watch the play production of The Santaland Diaries, based on David Sedaris’ essay of the same name. It was hilarious as to be expected, the kind of humor you sort of feel guilty laughing about!

We had our annual Friends of the Library Holiday dinner at the Board President’s house. There were some delicious food and a book exchange. And we even managed to have a Board meeting!

I read a couple of holiday books.

 Charley Harper's A Partridge in a Pear Tree by Charley Harper [***]

Charley Harper’s A Partridge in a Pear Tree by Charley Harper [***]


This beautifully illustrated picture book includes parenthetical commentary of “an old Christmas carol which proves that it is better to give than to receive.”

Roc and Roe's Twelve Days of Christmas by Nick Cannon, Illustrated by A.G. Ford [**]

Roc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas by Nick Cannon, Illustrated by A.G. Ford [**]


Cute enough picture book featuring Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s twins. The text was kind of awkward.

And, speaking of Mariah Carey, enjoy her Christmas classic, “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

Tim Federle

My friend and I got to see Tim Federle at Powell’s for his promotional tour of his latest book, Hickory Daquiri Dock. He was as clever and witty as you imagined he would be after reading his books. I wished Portland wasn’t experiencing winds of up to 60mph that evening because lots of people missed out. He’s quite a swell guy.

He also said a couple of things that stuck with me. One: “Dreams are a lot of pressure. Follow your whims, too.” Two: Writers are people who manage to get words down on the page.

I asked if he were writing some more Nate books. He said he was writing a screenplay for Better Nate than Ever. I also got to tell him I thought his upcoming picture book Tommy Can’t Stop! was a great read-aloud.

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Charmaine

To my sister, I wish you were here to join in on the festivities.I wish you could see how all the kids have grown and how your daughters look so much like you.And you would have been an aunt again. You’re still so missed in our family. I miss having our little adventures together. And I know you’d be telling me to cut my hair because it’s so long but you’d probably have let yours grow out too because you were a kind soul. I’m making myself unnecessarily sad but my life’s so much better and full of love having had known you. Love you forever.

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What are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #49

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.


Amy Wilson Sanger gives young readers a taste of international cuisine with her World Snacks series. Fun rhyming text is paired with mixed media illustrations. Each book either has a pronunciation guide or a description of each food that’s talked about. These books are great to include in a library with a focus on different cultures.

 

New Releases: December 9, 2014

Ewe and Aye by Candace Ryan, Illustrated by Stephanie Ruble [***]

Ewe and Aye by Candace Ryan, Illustrated by Stephanie Ruble [***]


Simply adorable. Sweet message of friendship and not giving up. Clever wordplay. Makes for a fun read!

Blue on Blue by Dianne White, Illustrated by Beth Krommes [***]

Blue on Blue by Dianne White, Illustrated by Beth Krommes [***]


Soothing rhythm about the before and after of a storm. I love the visual callback to The House in the Night.

 
 
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