RSS

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2017- August 16, 2017

nfpb2017

The future is female with these upcoming nonfiction picture book releases of wonderful women.

rbg

No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader GinsburgNo Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Kathleen Krull

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After having already read a couple Ruth Bader Ginsburg picture book biographies before, I still managed to learn some new things with this one. I’ve enjoyed seeing which parts of her life have become mainstays and which ones are elaborated upon. This includes a timeline and 10 stand out cases she’s been a part of!

I’m definitely interested in reading more book about her!

Expected publication: February 27th

To read more piture book reviews of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, click here.

Free as a Bird: The Story of MalalaFree as a Bird: The Story of Malala by Lina Maslo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s always a good thing when more people get to know about Malala and this one is another picture book biography about the young activist. I appreciated the slight focus on her father and going a little into her legendary namesake.

Expected publication: January 23rd 2018

 

My Reading Week #IMWAYR- August 14, 2017

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

This week, I posted:
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday

refugee
Check my review of Refugee by Alan Gratz on this blog’s Facebook page!

How It Feels to Be a BoatHow It Feels to Be a Boat by James Kwan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wasn’t expecting this picture book to be a metaphor for life but it surprisingly was- through calm and turbulent seas into unexpected destinations.

Fergus Barnaby Goes on VacationFergus Barnaby Goes on Vacation by David Barrow

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A cute picture book about a bear making sure he has everything ready for vacation. Has a silly twist at the end.

Professional CrocodileProfessional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A silly wordless picture book that features a surprise at the end!

Review Notes
***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

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!

Have a great reading week!

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2017- August 9, 2017

nfpb2017

 Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. InequalityRuth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great example why 2017 is the year of nonfiction picture books.*

Presented as a case trial (including exhibits), readers get to know the obstacles RBG faced to get a higher education and to be taken seriously in her profession as a woman-and her mother. Nevertheless, she persisted. Her intelligence, work ethic, and moral compass made her not only a champion of human rights but an icon, as well. A glossary and author’s note is included in the back.

The illustrations- even the endpapers- are gorgeous. Readers will come away enjoying a great true story, learn some things, be visually taken, and will want to share this with others.

*At least, in my opinion!

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her MarkI Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great picture book biography about someone who I didn’t know much about until I became a fan of her outspokenness- and I admit the Saturday Night Live Kate McKinnon sketches. This tells the story of a girl who grew up disagreeing- not to be a contrarian but to challenge outdated ideas. As a woman, she still speaks her mind and gives voice to those who need it.

 

My Reading Week #IMWAYR- August 6, 2017

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

This week, I posted:
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday

I Have the Right to Be a ChildI Have the Right to Be a Child by Alain Serres
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great introduction of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child. I didn’t even know there was such a thing and that the US isn’t one of the countries who’ve signed it. It would be interesting to explore how it’s going in the countries measuring this.

I Like, I Don't LikeI Like, I Don’t Like by Anna Baccelliere
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great find after reading I Have the Right to Be a Child. Though simple in presentation, there are a lot to be thought about and discussed while reading through the book. It’s a great tool to use for anyone wanting to think outside of their own experience.

Princess Truly in I Am TrulyPrincess Truly in I Am Truly by Kelly Greenawalt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of Fancy Nancy and I Like Myself will love this self-affirming picture book about a confident girl who imagines she can be anyone she wants to be and do anything she wants to do. Plus, she lets others know that they too can be truly fabulous!

Boo Who?Boo Who? by Ben Clanton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightful friendship story. Perfect for young readers year-round not just during Halloween.

Grimm's Fairy TalesGrimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of audiobooks will be thrilled to discover some of the best narrators have been compiled to read some of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. People may be surprised by how different the original versions are to what may have popularized by mainstream media.

Review Notes
***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

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!

Have a great reading week!

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2017- August 2, 2017

nfpb2017

Dare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying CloudDare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud by Tracey E. Fern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An amazing account of Ellen Prentiss’s achievements not only being the first woman to navigate the NY-SF Gold Rush trade route but also setting the world record for speed. And- this is why back matter in nfpb’s- it was a record that was broken three years later by none other than herself! The author’s note included lots of other great information.

Audrey Hepburn (Little People, Big Dreams)Audrey Hepburn by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Little People, Big Dreams is a picture book biography series imported from Spain. Perfect way to introduce young readers to girls who dreamed and became outstanding women in different fields. The books include a timeline and photos.

I admit while I know that lots of people love Audrey Hepburn, I’m not familiar with her to know why. I don’t think I’ve even watched any of her movies. I liked learning that she became an Ambassador and I’m intrigued to know why she’s so beloved.

Rosa Parks (Little People, Big Dreams)Rosa Parks by Lisbeth Kaiser
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Little People, Big Dreams is a picture book biography series imported from Spain. Perfect way to introduce young readers to girls who dreamed and became outstanding women in different fields. The books include a timeline and photos.

While I have nothing against Rosa Parks and everything she did, I feel like there are other nonfiction picture books that were better than this. But then it’s only after having read other biographies that you would notice how much better this book could have been.

Emmeline Pankhurst (Little People, Big Dreams)Emmeline Pankhurst by Lisbeth Kaiser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Little People, Big Dreams is a picture book biography series imported from Spain. Perfect way to introduce young readers to girls who dreamed and became outstanding women in different fields. The books include a timeline and photos.

I love learning about new people and I’m so glad I “met” Emmeline Pankhurst! I love how she went beyond what others were doing to make sure she got her message across.

 

My Reading Week #IMWAYR- July 30, 2017

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

This week, I posted:
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday
Celebrate This Week– Celebrating my five-year work anniversary.

ClaymatesClaymates by Dev Petty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of my favorite picture books of the year and also one I want to win a Caldecott. Great fun concept of what two balls of clay can be. I would love to see a behind the scenes video of this book was made!

Hand Over HandHand Over Hand by Alma Fullerton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A girl wants to fish with her grandfather but, in their small village in the Philippines, the people say a girl doesn’t belong in a boat but on the shore. With her grandfather’s permission and help, she spends the day out on the bay- waiting, waiting. Will she catch a fish? Can she prove the naysayers wrong?

A Walk in the ForestA Walk in the Forest by Maria Dek
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A quiet reflective book about what one can find and do in the forest. It manages to be playful as well. Perfect for nature lovers.

Whobert Whover, Owl DetectiveWhobert Whover, Owl Detective by Jason Gallaher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Super fun mystery about a bird-brain detective. The text and the illustrations are paired perfectly together.

Missile Mouse #2: Rescue On Tankium3Missile Mouse #2: Rescue On Tankium3 by Jake Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The intergalactic adventures of Missile Mouse continue when he uncovers the citizens of an entire planet enslaved by a greedy evil ruler. To make matters worse, an old foe is hired to take him down. Not only that- Missile Mouse must learn how to work with a group of robot agents who he thinks may be more of a liability than an asset. Hopefully there will be at least a third book in the series!

Filipino Children's Favorite StoriesFilipino Children’s Favorite Stories by Liana Romulo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I may have read this before but I still enjoyed reading this collection of fairy tales and folk tales from the Philippines. It makes me want to explore more the rich storytelling tradition of my culture and find other stories that people may enjoy!

Juana and LucasJuana and Lucas by Juana Medina
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An early chapter book about a spunky girl from Colombia. She’s not doing well learning English but can she get better in order to get to meet one of her heroes? Readers will enjoy when she shares why she loves some of her favorite things!

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi QueenJasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this early chapter book series featuring a Japanese-American main character providing glimpses of that culture but still having enough similarities with other kids readers may already know and love.

I admit the flow was kind of rough but hopefully future books will be breezier.

La La La: A Story of HopeLa La La: A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautiful picture book that speaks volume. Though nearly wordless, the story and its heartwarming message is brought to life by Jaime Kim’s gorgeous art!

Publishes in October.

Draw the LineDraw the Line by Kathryn Otoshi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautiful wordless picture book about creativity, friendship, conflict, and resolution. Comes out in October!

All's Faire in Middle SchoolAll’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can’t wait until September when people can get their hands on this title. It’s probably my favorite graphic novel of the year. I admit I didn’t think I would like it at first but the story and the art (even when the version I read was the unfinished Advance Reading Copy) won me over. This is a great coming of age story that takes place half in middle school and the other in a Renaissance Faire. The main character (Impy) decides to go to public school after years of homeschooling and she has to figure out how to fit in without losing herself. She is also a knight in training at the Faire where she realizes the dragons we face in life may not be who they really are. The conflicts she has in school, at the Faire and with her family manage to be heartbreaking and familiar. This will be great for book clubs and classroom discussions a well!

SoloSolo by Kwame Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kwame Alexander works his magic for a young adult crowd, partnering once again with Mary Rand Hess. Being part of a rock and roll family might seem like the good life but Blade knows too well not all that glitters is gold. With a father who crashes and burns more often than not and a girlfriend who may not be quite into him as he is with her, he relies on music to get him through the tough times. But after a family secret comes out, he finds himself halfway around the world to discover what’s real and what isn’t in his life. A beautiful lyrical book. I particularly loved the poem “Konko.” And I need to check if the publisher or the authors have compiled the songs mentioned in the book into a playlist.

Review Notes
***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

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!

Have a great reading week!

 

#CelebrateLU- July 28, 2017

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

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

July 26th was my five-year anniversary at Green Bean Books.

I would have wanted to do something to celebrate but honestly I’ve just been so tired lately. Part of it is due to work and the other is because of the constant attack on what America is and should be. It’s hard to compartmentalize things nowadays but maybe as Readers it’s in our blood to want to strive not necessarily for a happy ending but for a narrative in our world that values kindness, compassion, friendship, and diversity that we read in books.

Wednesday started out fine. I was still tired from the day before helping out an educator select about sixty titles for a literacy program she was going to be involved with. I’d been wondering recently (half jokingly) if I was doing this bookselling job all wrong. I shouldn’t be so exhausted recommending books. Of course, I loved being part of selecting the books and thrilled she came to us. But having to booktalk so many titles wore me out.

On my way to work, I randomly ran across a customer who just wanted to say how much he appreciated the store and what we did. I wish I hadn’t been wolfing down a breakfast burrito because I loved hearing that!

I knew it was going to be a full day what with my regular tasks and two events bookending it. The first was a special storytime in the morning (which I fortunately didn’t have to do anything but help prepare the craft for it) and then I had our monthly Kids Book Club to moderate in the late afternoon. I dread having to speak in front of any group of people. Plus, I wish I had more time to come up with questions. And then I was freaked out when I saw one- and then another- book clubber holding the second book in the graphic novel series. The official book club pick was the first title in the series. Fortunately, I had read both books so I was able to wing it. The kids were regulars and they impressed me with their abilities to help the book club run smoothly. We even talked about our frustration with certain people who didn’t treat graphic novels as legitimate reading!

Looking back at that day, it was sort of a perfect way to celebrate my work anniversary. I was just there- a lucky guy who gets to work at this amazing place with a wonderful boss and awesome co-workers and having these incredible connections with people through our mutual love of books because we know they contain the secrets to make the world we live in a kinder, more beautiful place.