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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2016 #130

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The ToadThe Toad by Elise Gravel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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!

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Coyote MoonCoyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Following a coyote through the night as she searches for food for her pups, we also learn more about these animals. With the stunning almost photographic pictures, I admit this book frightened me a little. It’s not like I ever wanted to sleep in a cemetery but knowing there may be coyotes nearby makes me never want to do so.

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#IMWAYR- July 24, 2016

This week, I posted:

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:

Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating Bookstore Moments.

Samson in the SnowSamson in the Snow by Philip C. Stead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beautiful illustrations. Sweet story. This will probably be a quiet classic.

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Make Way for ReadersMake Way for Readers by Judy Sierra

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun picture book about the magic of story time.

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The Not So Quiet LibraryThe Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah OHora

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun and funny story about a surprise and surprising visitor who make quite the ruckus inside a library. Lots of subtle humor here and there that adds up to one hilarious tale.

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No Fits, Nilson!No Fits, Nilson! by Zachariah OHora

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This picture book has been a popular tantrum pick at our store. Zacharian OHora is a fun illustrator and I finally read this one after reading another of his books. Such a unique story approach and I love the style choices.

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March of the Mini Beasts (The DATA Set Book 1)March of the Mini Beasts by Ada Hopper

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Great for Magic Tree House readers. I’ll definitely be recommending this series a lot. I love the diversity in personalities and interests. The adventures of the DATA set will definitely hook readers. Illustrations in every page.

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Poppy! and the Lost LagoonPoppy! and the Lost Lagoon by Matt Kindt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This would be an easy graphic novel to recommend. It feels like an old-fashioned adventure story. We have a plucky girl and her guardian going out on adventures. They deal with reincarnated entities, an underwater civilization, rare creatures, and a mysterious robot just to name a few in what I’m sure is the first of a series. I also liked the puzzle aspect. My only problem was that everything didn’t seem to mesh well with me. I can’t pinpoint why exactly but I’m sure readers will want to read this.
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I also won a bundle of Todd Parr books from KidLit_TV! I’m so excited to pass the teachers book to my BFF and the other two to a local literacy nonprofit.

Teachers Rock!Teachers Rock! by Todd Parr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think this is my first Todd Parr book and I’m glad it celebrates the awesomeness of teachers. His style is definitely not for everyone but lots of people love it. The dustjacket folds out into a poster.

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It's Okay to Be DifferentIt’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Simple text and vibrant illustrations tell kids it’s okay to be different and how mistakes can somehow lead to something unexpectedly better.

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The Goodbye BookThe Goodbye Book by Todd Parr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a great book for young readers who may have experienced or is experiencing a sudden loss. It covers enough of the grieving process and the emotional rollercoaster that will hopefully give them something to relate with and help with their own feelings.

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Review Notes
I’ve decided not to post reviews for books I didn’t particular care for (unless I feel strongly against it.) If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Plus as an aspiring published writer myself, I know how much work one puts into a story so I naturally have great respect towards writers and illustrators and everyone else responsible for that creation.

***= 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 22, 2016

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 Bookstore Moments.

This past Sunday, we had one of our most super fun events. We had Rojo the therapy Llama come to the store where Shannon Joy, his handler, read their first picture book together, Rojo: The Perfectly Imperfect Llama. I love that each book gets kissed by Rojo himself! After the reading, everyone got to meet Rojo, pose with him, and even feed him a carrot. Lots of people had a great time- even me and I don’t like animals!

This past Monday, I had my annual review. (I would have been with Green Bean Books for four years this coming Tuesday!) The day turned out to be a rather reflective day.

There were lots of nice customers. There was even an emotional moment with a fellow Alberta (the neighborhood where I work) Street employee whose boss recently passed away due to cancer. Even though I didn’t personally know her boss, I knew of her. We talked about a life that left behind a lasting impact in her community.

I love that books are such great unifiers. I’m grateful that people value my opinions and seek my recommendations. I love that I get to share books about kindness and love and things that may help them with what they’re going through at that moment.

What are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2016 #129

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Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and FestivalsFilipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals by Liana Romulo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun book that talks about the different types of celebrations that take place in the Philippines- from common ones like birthdays and Christmas to more specific religious or local ones. Includes translations throughout the book as well as a glossary in the back. There are also some activities to do complete with instructions.

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Library of Luminaries: Virginia Woolf: An Illustrated BiographyLibrary of Luminaries: Virginia Woolf: An Illustrated Biography by Zena Alkayat
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Artsy book. Great quick read to get an overview of Virginia Woolf’s life. Probably good for middle grade and up. I’m curious as to the other books in the series.

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Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise BourgeoisCloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This gorgeously illustrated picture book has been catching my eye every time I see it. It tells the life of artist Louise Bourgeois and how the grief of losing her mother helped her with her art. Very informative and wonderful insight to an artist’s inspiration.

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#IMWAYR- July 17, 2016

This week, I posted:

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:

Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating my work’s seventh anniversary.

Ada Twist, ScientistAda Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally! Readers will not be disappointed in meeting Iggy and Rosie’s classmate Ada Marie! Her inquisitive mind leads her to try and solve a rather smelly dilemma. Another thing I love about this series is that there are adults who are supportive of encouraging the children’s curiosity.

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The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to ReadThe Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I absolutely enjoyed this delightful book that celebrates reading! Nick decides to teach his cats how to read and finds himself more successful with one of them than the other. The illustrations were great, especially the portrayal of the grumpy cat. It’s always nice to see how the love of reading can be fostered and nurtured. It’s perfect for summer reading!

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Make Way for ReadersMake Way for Readers by Judy Sierra
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun picture book about the magic of story time.

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Lion LessonsLion Lessons by Jon Agee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This would make for a cute read-aloud as kids follow along the boy’s lessons into becoming a lion!

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Sing with Me!: Action Songs Every Child Should KnowSing with Me!: Action Songs Every Child Should Know by Naoko Stoop
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve enjoyed Naoko Stoop’s Red Knit Cap Girl books. Her signature style of illustrations can be seen here. I like how she accompanies the rhymes and songs with simple motion instructions.

I have no idea why they didn’t just release this as an oversized board book to make it better as a read-aloud.

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This Book Just Ate My Dog!This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love how much fun people have been having with what makes a physical book so great! And, props to everyone designing a good book especially if has lots of little details to enjoy like this one. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the gutter of the book is a character!

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We're in the Wrong Book!We’re in the Wrong Book! by Richard Byrne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bella and Ben’s adventures continue in this fun sequel. They find themselves characters in different kinds of books- from picture book to comics to activity book and other types in between.

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This book is out of control!This book is out of control! by Richard Byrne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn’t like this installment as much as I did the first two in the series but I’m sure readers will enjoy the silly interactive elements in this one.

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I’m working on a school-themed post for my work’s blog.

School's First Day of SchoolSchool’s First Day of School by Adam Rex
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s not only kids who get first-day jitters as we see in School’s First Day of School.

This charming picture book introduces a newly built school wondering how the students will like him! He worries they don’t like him. He’s a little bit mean to one of them. He’s embarrassed when his fire alarm goes off. But as the day progresses, he’s excited to learn new things and meet new friends.

Paired with Christian Robinson’s vibrant and playful illustrations, Adam Rex has created a story perfect for any classroom read-aloud.

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The ClassThe Class by Boni Ashburn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Celebrate all the ways children get ready for the first day of kindergarten in this fun rhyming picture book. It’s a fun and funny, cute and chaotic story as we follow the morning preparations of twenty different kids!

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Ming Goes to SchoolMing Goes to School by Deirdre Sullivan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The watercolor art is enough of a reason to get this book. Beautiful illustrations!

This quiet tale follows a girl through an entire school year as she soaks up the simple moments and gathers up strength to take on new challenges.

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Steamboat SchoolSteamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Based on a true story, this is an inspiring account of how important education is and the great lengths people would go to to ensure no one misses out! The illustrations are stunning!

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Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary's PortlandWalking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland by Laura O. Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this through helping fund its Kickstater campaign. I actually took the author-led tour a few years ago and I loved it. This goes in-depth of the time and places we visited. A nice guide book to have for Beverly Cleary fans or literary travelers.

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Review Notes

I’ve decided not to post reviews for books I didn’t particular care for (unless I feel strongly against it.) If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Plus as an aspiring published writer myself, I know how much work one puts into a story so I naturally have great respect towards writers and illustrators and everyone else responsible for that creation.

***= 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 15, 2016

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 Green Bean Book’s seventh anniversary!

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I’ve written about it before– and I’m sure I’ll keep writing about it for years to come! Oddly enough, I have nothing new to say.

A customer did sing Happy Birthday  because of it! It’s been great to see familiar faces who love the store. And, also great is to see all the new people who leave happy. One regular gushed, “This store is better than Barnes & Noble.”

A couple girls made these sweet paper cranes! It was super sweet!

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I hope all of you get to experience this wonderful whimsical bookstore when you’re in Portland! I hope everyone has a bookstore they love.

Just for fun, I thought I’d share some fun videos filmed at the store.

The first is from Umpqua Bank where they filmed scenes for a music video.

The second is from kidlit musician Emily Arrow filmed earlier this year when she did a mini-concert to promote her album, Storytime Singalong, Vol. 1.

What are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2016

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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous PhotographJazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jazz Day deserves all the awards it should receive. Just thinking about this book makes me happy because it’s just that good. Taking a photograph and giving it context through poetry is brilliant. Focusing on the different musicians and making up backstories to the kids featured on the famous Harlem 1958 photo, we are taken back to that day and that place. The illustrations are as lively as the subjects. Also included are the actual photo itself in a beautiful foldout, an author’s note, short biographies on certain musicians, and a look into the impact of it. I definitely want to see the other works about this photo including the documentary.

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Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis ArmstrongJust a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong by Lesa Cline-Ransome
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This picture book’s format reminded me of Doreen Rappaport’s Big Words series in which informational text is paired with quotes from the biography’s subject in this case Louis Armstrong. Includes Author’s Note and a Resources page which is great because I’m sure readers would want to know more about this jazz legend!

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This Jazz ManThis Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first part is a fun read-aloud. The text is set to the tune of “This Old Man.” This would pair well with Zin! Zin! The Violin! by Lloyd Moss.

I included this as Nonfiction because of the biographies of the nine jazz men featured in each page!

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Trombone ShortyTrombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’ve been meaning to read this book but have been putting it off, get a copy now because it’ll be a book you’ll want to recommend to others.

This is the story of a boy in New Orleans whose life was filled with music. Having found an instrument too big for him but something that was his, he practiced and practiced. He formed a band with the neighborhood kids and ended up playing onstage with a music legend. His story will inspire.

Great author and illustrator notes.

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