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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #33

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.

Make sure to read yesterday’s post for reviews on:

The Slug by Elise Gravel [***]

The Slug by Elise Gravel [***]


A disgusting yet delightful discovery, Elise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters series introduces beginning readers to facts regarding certain familiar creatures. The humor and illustrations will appeal to kids and will want them to read more. Addicting for adults as well!

I know I used the same review for all the books in the series but they’re all good!

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert [***]

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert [***]


This was a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of a celebrated artist known for her mostly collage style illustrations. A quick read but it sill manages to be both informative and inspiring. I loved how she introduced a few activities throughout!

 

#NFPB2014 New Releases: August 19, 2014

This is a special Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge post because I just couldn’t wait until tomorrow to share these titles!

Trains Can Float: and other fun facts by Laura Lyn Disiena and Hannah Eliot, Illustrated by Pete Oswald [***]

Trains Can Float: and other fun facts by Laura Lyn Disiena and Hannah Eliot, Illustrated by Pete Oswald [***]


I’ve mentioned a couple times before how much I love this series! Presenting facts in a rather conversational way and paired with colorful illustrations is a sure-fire way to get kids excited to read. This latest installment in the Did You Know? series is all about things that go with some side trips to tunnels and bridges! I highly recommend the books for any elementary school or library.

Mr. Cornell's Dream Boxes by Jeanette Winter [***]

Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes by Jeanette Winter [***]


Jeanette Winter delivers another fascinating biography. I really enjoyed the way she approached the storytelling aspect of it- as looking in more closely to the everyday life of Joseph Cornell the same way one would his creations!

 

What Are You Reading? (108) #IMWAYR – August 17, 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 Despite all the gloom and doom and bleakness in the news and what’s happening in the world, I found some moments to celebrate! And, read my review for:

Jackaby by William Ritter [***]

Jackaby by William Ritter [***]

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd [**]

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd [**]


Check this blog’s Facebook page for my review!


I don’t know why I keep reading the BabyLit board books since the novelty has worn off. The appeal that has made them unique and delightful now seem redundant!

What If...? by Anthony Browne [**]- What If tells the story of a boy's anxiety with attending his first party. His mom tries to calm him down as he imagines silly scenarios.

What If…? by Anthony Browne [**]- What If tells the story of a boy’s anxiety with attending his first party. His mom tries to calm him down as he imagines silly scenarios.

Work: An Occupational ABC by Kellen Hatanaka [**]- Lots of puns in this alphabet book with a brief description of what each job does in the back.

Work: An Occupational ABC by Kellen Hatanaka [**]- Lots of puns in this alphabet book with a brief description of what each job does in the back.

Symphony City by Amy Martin [***]- A girl discovers how music is everywhere and can transform life's dull days to a symphony of sounds. The illustrations are wonderful!

Symphony City by Amy Martin [***]- A girl discovers how music is everywhere and can transform life’s dull days to a symphony of sounds. The illustrations are wonderful!


Expect reviews for these books during my Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge posts this upcoming week:

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

I want to finish reading The Great Green Heist by Varian Johnson before we have our Educator Night at work on Wednesday. Then, I have to read Wings of Fire #1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland (also for work) by next Wednesday’s Family Book Club. Plus, I have 3 other books I’ve started!

Have a great reading week!

 

Celebrate This Week- August 16, 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 moments. Despite all the gloom and doom and bleakness in the news and what’s happening in the world, everyday this week has had nice moments for me- whether having great interactions with customers, hanging out with friends, or going to events.

Sunday

I really enjoyed participating in this year’s #PB10for10. I loved reading other people’s lists and definitely want to check out lots of the books that were mentioned!

Monday

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

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

I was having a rather horrible case of the Mondays when some Readers came into the store. Their flight back to Colorado was delayed a bit and they decided to go to our store because they loved our recommendations from when they were here last time! We talked about books and bookstores and my blog. I love those kinds of connections!- From this blog’s Facebook page which is a few likes away from 60. I hope you’ll consider liking it if you haven’t yet!

I also got the chance to share my blog with a couple of people! That always cheer me up!

Tuesday

Discovered another Wishing Tree on my way to volunteer at the Maya Angelou Art Camp where I helped kids paint their puppet show stage!

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Then, later that day, at another volunteer event, great conversations were had about the importance of books in the lives of students. I recommended Wonder and The Book Whisperer!

Wednesday

Jackaby by William Ritter [***]

Jackaby by William Ritter [***]

There will be a new YA book coming out in September that I think will be a big hit- Jackaby by William Ritter. Fans of Sherlock Holmes (especially the Benedict Cumberbatch portrayal) will enjoy this first in a series debut that mixes mystery with more than a splash of the supernatural. A runaway suddenly finds herself far away from home and working for an eccentric detective. Ghosts, banshees, and blood-thirsty monsters are just some of the things that they must deal with. Likable (and familiar feeling) characters, clever dialogue, and plenty of action make this a must-read for fall!

The publisher offered a meet-the-author dinner and it was a nice evening spent talking to the sales rep, the author, and other booksellers. But, the food… it was heavenly!

Thursday

I met up with a friend who I don’t get to see as often as I should! She’s the person I’ve known the longest since moving to Portland!

On a serious note

I hope no one I know ever feels so alone and so lost and so sad that they’ll do something drastic- I don’t even want to say it- because that’s never the answer. Seek help. Life is too valuable to throw away. No one is ever unloved.

I’m glad we have this meme to focus on the positive. Thanks again to Ruth for organizing and everyone participating!

What are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #32

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 disgusting yet delightful discovery, Elise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters series introduces beginning readers to facts regarding certain familiar creatures. The humor and illustrations will appeal to kids and will want them to read more. Addicting for adults as well!

 

What Are You Reading? (107) #IMWAYR – August 10, 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: August 5, 2014- Read my reviews for:

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

-Reviews: The Chronicles of Narnia- Read my reviews for:

-Celebrate This Week- I celebrate life’s random moments.

-2014 #PB10FOR10- This is my first ‪#‎pb10for10‬ and I’ve shared my top 10 books I’ve recommended most as a children’s bookseller!

I hope you take the time to read some of the posts above!

Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli, Illustrated by Peskimo [***]- It was like Christmas when I unboxed this book at work. I loved Alphablock and I didn't even know about this. Naturally, the art is still awesome. And counting to one hundred has never been so fun!

Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli, Illustrated by Peskimo [***]- It was like Christmas when I unboxed this book at work. I loved Alphablock and I didn’t even know about this. Naturally, the art is still awesome. And counting to one hundred has never been so fun!

The Best Book in the World by Rilla Alexander [**]- A cute book about everything that makes reading awesome. Wonderful illustrations. Can be  gift for any voracious reader regardless of age.

The Best Book in the World by Rilla Alexander [**]- A cute book about everything that makes reading awesome. Wonderful illustrations. Can be gift for any voracious reader regardless of age.

Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet [***]- The best way to talk about this book is not to talk about Press Here since we all loved that book and it was a unique experience for all of us. This follow-up is also good even though now there is a "been there, done that" kind of feeling. It does manage to be different though since it tackles colors and all the things that happen when you mix them up.

Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet [***]- The best way to talk about this book is not to talk about Press Here since we all loved that book and it was a unique experience for all of us. This follow-up is also good even though now there is a “been there, done that” kind of feeling. It does manage to be different though since it tackles colors and all the things that happen when you mix them up.


Expected publication: September 16, 2014

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

This week, I’m finally getting to one of my #MustReadin2014 title, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor!

Have a great reading week!

 

2014 #PB10FOR10

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Cathy at Reflect and Refine and Mandy at Enjoy and Embrace Learning host this fun event.

Working at a children’s bookstore, I am surrounded by shelves and shelves of picture books. I see customers who come in nostalgic for a story they loved as a child and eager to share it with a new generation. There are kids- and adults- whose faces light up as they discover a new title. Sometimes a parent would read to their son or daughter and other children will somehow get in on the impromptu storytime!

Here are the top 10 picture books I’ve recommended the most as a bookseller.

Journey by Aaron Becker

Journey by Aaron Becker


Click on the cover for my review of the book!

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton


Click on the cover for my review of the book and of the author!

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers


This is a book I’ve enjoyed more and more as I’ve told more and more people about it. A funny and imaginative story about a box of crayons writing letters to their owner. I love listening to adults read this to kids and hearing laughter from them!

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg


Click on the cover for my review of the book and its companion, A Little Bit of Oomph!

A Dog Is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan

A Dog Is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan


I love the retro illustrations. It’s great for beginning readers. It’s a storytime hit. The first surprise in this delightful book is that it’s really not a dog but a cat in a dog costume! And it only gets sillier from there!

Ladybug Girl by David Soman, Illustrated by Jacky Davis

Ladybug Girl by David Soman, Illustrated by Jacky Davis


Click on the cover for my review of the series! Ladybug Girl at the Beach is my favorite out of all of them!

Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman

Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman


Click on the cover for my review of the book!

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, Illustrated by Beth Krommes

The House in the Night
by Susan Marie Swanson, Illustrated by Beth Krommes


Reminiscent of Goodnight Moon, The House in the Night is a book I’ve grown to enjoy more as time passed. I love the black and white illustrations with the splashes of gold. The text and its rhythm are very soothing.

Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Press Here by Hervé Tullet


This is such a fun, interactive book for kids. They will delight in the cause-and-effect if they follow the directions!

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems


Click on the cover for my review of the Elephant & Piggie series and of the author! This is my favorite book out of all of them!

What are some titles your local bookseller has recommended that you’ve loved?

 
 
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