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What Are You Reading? (110) #IMWAYR – August 31, 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!

The Good

I always appreciate feedback, especially if it’s positive. This was a “not recommended review” (thereby hidden) from Yelp:

“i try not to focus a review on a staff member but EARL IS A GEM, he has read all the books and gets you excited about asking for his recommendation! also the shop its self sells miniatures and cuteness overload, people of all ages should go here! much more relaxing then the other giant book stores and library’s in the area.”

The Bad

I just accidentally messed up my blog thinking I knew what I was doing connecting it with my new domain name. Headache inducing!

I think the home page isn’t accessible at this point but individual posts are still up and running!

This week, I posted:

-New Releases: August 26, 2014- Read my reviews for:


-Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday- Read my review for:
A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston, Illustrated by Sylvia Long [***]

A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston, Illustrated by Sylvia Long [***]


-Celebrate This Week- I celebrate books- again! Read my review for:
Wings of Fire #1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

Wings of Fire #1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland [**]


-Reading Resolutions: August Update

The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo [*]

The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo [*]


This just wasn’t for me, I guess. I liked the illustrations fine. The story was kind of cute.

On Crosswords: Thoughts, Studies, Facts and Snark About a 100-Year-Old Pastime by T. Campbell [**]

On Crosswords: Thoughts, Studies, Facts and Snark About a 100-Year-Old Pastime by T. Campbell [**]


I don’t know how many books about crosswords I’ve read over the years but it’s probably more than anyone has to read. New information is rare but I guess it’s in the presentation. I can’t get enough though especially with the crossword’s centennial having been celebrated earlier this year.

Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long [**]

Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long [**]


I like Loren Long’s Otis series because of it feel so American to me. Does that make sense? It has tradition and values. This one, though, fell flat to me. At least, the way they handled the scarecrow’s expression at the end was interesting. The illustrations remain pleasant to look at!

Mr. Brown's Fantastic Hat by Ayano Imai [**]

Mr. Brown’s Fantastic Hat by Ayano Imai [**]


Another story about hats and friendship. The illustrations are very striking in this one. Reminds me of The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc but I actually like this one more!

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson [***]

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay
by Robert Dawson [***]


Anyone who knows me knows I love libraries.

I can appreciate what is being done with this book but I wish it went deeper. Plus, I wish it had mentioned Friends of the Library or Friends Foundations.

The essays were wonderfully written though!

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

I am reading Junot Diaz’s This is How You Lose Her and am currently not liking it. At least, it’s short!

I also picked up a book of Hafiz’s poetry. Plus, I have a book for #NFPB2014.

I’ve also checked out books for a reading theme I want to do either in September or October.

Have a great reading week!

 

Reading Resolutions: August Update

With so many Reading Challenges out there, I figured doing a monthly update of the ones I’m doing will be a great way to keep track of my progress!

Check Off your Reading List Challenge

Check Off your Reading List Challenge

Check Off Your Reading List- Currently my (ever growing) Reading List has 66 lines with some of them covering an entire series or author’s work and includes upcoming releases. Most of these are for my Reading Challenges. With 39 of these read, I’m down to 27!

Part of my Reading Challenge was to read The Chronicles of Narnia. Click on the cover to read my reviews!

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes [****]

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes [****]

Must Read in 2014 Challenge

Must Read in 2014 Challenge

I also ticked off another title from my Must Read in 2014 Challenge list! Read my review of Laini Taylor’s Daughters of Smoke & Bone!

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 10 more nonfiction picture books read this month, that brings my total to 78 of 104 books.
-Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock, Illustrated by John O’Brien
-Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, Illustrated by Christian Robinson

-The Rat by Elise Gravel
-The Fly by Elise Gravel
-The Worm by Elise Gravel

-Trains Can Float: and other fun facts by Laura Lyn Disiena and Hannah Eliot, Illustrated by Pete Oswald
-Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes by Jeanette Winter

-The Slug by Elise Gravel
-The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

-A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston, Illustrated by Sylvia Long

Readings & Literary Events
-Amy Bloom Reading
-Booksellers Meet the Author: William Ritter (Jackaby) Publisher Event
-David Lee: A Poet’s Papers Exhibit
-Family Book Club

How are your Reading Resolutions going?

 

Celebrate This Week- August 30, 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 books- again!

We held another one of our Family Book Club at work earlier this week. My heart always feel full afterwards because the love of and for books is so apparent, as is the power of stories to bring people together.

The book we discussed was Tui T. Sutherland’s Wings of Fire #1: The Dragonet Prophecy.

Wings of Fire #1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

Wings of Fire #1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland


Even though I read lots of fantasy, I feel like this was very different. There was definitely a getting-used-to-it period with having to remember a large cast of characters, their tribes, and who was allied with whom. After a few chapters I really got into it. At least, I can appreciate why this series would be addicting. I was surprised by how violent it was, too, but I guess I should have expected it since this is a world at war.

We had the mother-and-daughter there, who had come for the two previous book clubs. Plus, we had another mother/daughter duo coming in for the first time. The latter really liked the book.

The great thing about having kids around is they usually provide a perspective adults normally wouldn’t have given. They were all very voracious readers.

We really have the best customers. Plus, they started reading next month’s selections already right after I announced our picks!

What are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #34

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.

A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston, Illustrated by Sylvia Long [***]

A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston, Illustrated by Sylvia Long [***]


Gorgeous illustrations with lyrical text make learning about rocks easy and enjoyable. I can’t wait to read more in this series!

 

New Releases: August 26, 2014

Today is like Christmas for readers with so many highly anticipated books coming out. I’ve dubbed it #Bookmas at work. These are only the ones I’ve read and I’ve got so many books to take on to make a dent.

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm [***]

The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm [***]


I read an advanced reader’s copy of this middle reader novel earlier this summer. I can see why people have been raving about this book. The concept is intriguing. A girl’s grandfather somehow manages to reverse the aging process and becomes a teenager living with her and her mom, his daughter. This book will no doubt get kids thinking about the big questions in and of life.

Alexander, Who's Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever by Judith Viorst, Illustrated by Isidre Mones [***]

Alexander, Who’s Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever by Judith Viorst, Illustrated by Isidre Mones [***]


Welcome back, Alexander! What a pleasant surprise to see this book! Readers- new and old to the character and series- will find this troublemaker’s latest antics a delight!

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell [***]

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell [***]


What an absolutely adorable book! I can’t see anyone having any problem with this! As someone who gives the best hugs, I can relate. Someone did hug me recently, unexpectedly, and I withdrew into my safe place like a turtle sensing danger. But when I’m giving hugs, I’m sure it’s awesome for the recipient- like being embraced by an octopus finishing its fast.

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato [***]

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato [***]


Of all the cute picture books celebrating one’s differentiating trait and the power of friendship, this one definitely takes the cake- or, should I say, cupcake? Super adorable story and the cute illustrations just make you want to squeeze Elliot’s cheeks. I already want to read more of his adventures. I feel like I’m Eliot!

Quest by Aaron Becker [***]

Quest by Aaron Becker [***]


A visually stunning companion to Journey, which I loved. As far as sequels go, and it being the second book in a trilogy, this wordless picture book managed to stick with what made the first book great and infuse this one with a new sense of wonder and magic!

Day Dreamers by Emily Winfield Martin [**]

Day Dreamers by Emily Winfield Martin [**]


A sweet story about letting one’s imagination run free. Beautiful illustrations as usual!

 

What Are You Reading? (109) #IMWAYR – August 24, 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:

-#NFPB2014 New Releases: Read my reviews for


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

-Celebrate This Week- This week I’m celebrating educators- teachers, librarians, and school counselors. Read my review for:
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson [***]

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson [***]


I really enjoy these board books.And I thought it was really smart of them to release these two titles together.

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman [**]- Fun and cute picture book about  a well-intentioned chicken who accidentally spills ink all over the place. Very creative!

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman [**]- Fun and cute picture book about a well-intentioned chicken who accidentally spills ink all over the place. Very creative!

The Little Bear Book by Anthony Browne [**]- Another cute picture book about creativity! The titular bear meets some animals on his forest walk and uses his magic pencil to draw what they need.

The Little Bear Book by Anthony Browne [**]- Another cute picture book about creativity! The titular bear meets some animals on his forest walk and uses his magic pencil to draw what they need.

Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma by David Soman and Jacky Davis [***]-I didn't even realize there was going to be a new Ladybug Girl! I can't wait to recommend this book for its strong message of being true to oneself!

Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma by David Soman and Jacky Davis [***]-I didn’t even realize there was going to be a new Ladybug Girl! I can’t wait to recommend this book for its strong message of being true to oneself!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor [****]- High fantasy and high romance set the tone in this original YA novel. Worlds are at war between angels and chimera- and it's up to blue-haired art student Karou to put an end to it or perish. Lyrical prose and unforgettable characters will make this book unputdownable and readers rushing to read the next books in the series!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor [****]- High fantasy and high romance set the tone in this original YA novel. Worlds are at war between angels and chimera- and it’s up to blue-haired art student Karou to put an end to it or perish. Lyrical prose and unforgettable characters will make this book unputdownable and readers rushing to read the next books in the series!


This is part of my Must-Read Challenge!

Expect reviews for these books during Tuesday’s New Releases post:

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

A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston, Illustrated by Sylvia Long [***]

A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston, Illustrated by Sylvia Long [***]

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

I need to finish Wings of Fire #1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland by next Wednesday’s Family Book Club.

Have a great reading week!

 

Celebrate This Week- August 23, 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 educators- teachers, librarians, and school counselors. I love it anytime they go to our store and seek books to reach out to kids. Or to help the kids feel less alone in their situations. Or to just pass on the love of reading and the wonder of books to a new generation.

I am in constant amazement by their drive and their dedication.

Earlier this week, we held our annual Educator Night at work. We talked about some of the books released the past year that we think would be great for schools and classrooms.

Here are the books I talked about: (Click on the covers for my reviews!)

A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker, Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton [**]

A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker, Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton [**]

Little Red Writing by Joan Holub. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet [***]

Little Red Writing
by Joan Holub. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet [***]

 The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sís [***]

The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sís [***]

Comics Squad: Recess! By Various [***]

Comics Squad: Recess! By Various [***]

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff [*****]

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff [*****]

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson [***]

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson [***]


I was prepared to dislike this book. I tweeted, “I hope the book I’m reading gets better soon. The good news is I may have found a solution to my insomnia.” Propping up the main character to be this super cool and smart kid right off the bat was annoying, especially since there weren’t any indicators as to why we would think that. But, once the set-up was done, the story really picked up. I can see why kids would enjoy this caper novel- lots of action, relatable situations, fun dialogue, and a diverse cast of characters. The end makes you want more!

What are you celebrating this week?

 
 
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