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September’s Picture Book of the Month- Part 3

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As part of my Commitment to Literacy: Picture Book It challenge, I wanted to spotlight one book that I’m completely in love with. Throughout the month, I’ll do multiple posts based on the book. I hope you will end up picking up the book and joining in on the conversation.

Previous posts:
All posts pertaining to previous Picture Book of the Month picks have been archived over at Picture Book It.
September’s Picture Book of the Month Announcement and Book Review
-Rafael López’s Book Reviews

September’s Picture Book of the Month is The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by Rafael López.

This week I wanted to share some of Jacqueline Woodson’s speeches.

First up, it’s her speech after receiving the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award given to “an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a significant and lasting contribution to children’s literature through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children’s lives and experiences.”

Earlier this year, she also received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award “the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature.”

Here’s her speech- including the transcript– for receiving the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award.

And, don’t forget to watch her inauguration as the current National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature.

Discussion
What’s your favorite Jacqueline Woodson speech or presentation? I’m hoping to see her when she comes to Portland next year!

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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2018- September 19, 2018

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Turning Pages: My Life StoryTurning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An inspiring story about Justice Sotomayor’s life and how books have helped her in every turn of it. A lovely tribute to the power of the written word to help anyone see what is possible. Includes photos and a timeline.

Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations around the WorldEvery Month Is a New Year: Celebrations around the World by Marilyn Singer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fascinating look into different New Year Celebrations around the world- and they just don’t fall on January 1st! Presented in first as poems for each month then includes more details for each holiday at the end of the book- as well as a glossary. Lots of content!

I am Neil Armstrong (Ordinary People Change the World)I am Neil Armstrong by Brad Meltzer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ordinary People Change the World is a biographical picture book series from Brad Meltzer, best known as a bestselling author of adult thrillers. Positive and inspiring for preschoolers. Christopher Eliopoulos’ cute illustrations just add another layer of appeal! Introducing young readers to these ordinary people who fought against stereotypes and/or injustice, the books have tackled various well-known people and their causes. In this title, Neil Armstrong’s accomplishments- no matter how daunting- all start with one step!

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- September 17, 2018

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

This week, I posted:
September’s Picture Book of the Month- Part 2
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday

Me and My FearMe and My Fear by Francesca Sanna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a beautiful story about the fear we all carry along with us. Reminds me of What Do You Do with an Idea? in the way that it presents an abstract idea but in such a very understandable way. Beautiful art.

We Are Grateful: OtsaliheligaWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A library that showcases and celebrates diversity must include this wonderful picture book. Readers are invited to partake in the year-round goings-on in the Cherokee community. I live that they include the Cherokee names, spelling, and pronunciation. Lively illustrations.

Lyric McKerrigan, Secret LibrarianLyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian by Jacob Sager Weinstein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If James Bond was a female librarian who can solve any problem with the perfect book recommendation, he’ll be Lyric McKerrigan.

The DreamerThe Dreamer by Il Sung Na
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet story about a pig who dreams of being with the birds. There’s at least one illustration that is absolutely stunning.

If You Were SpaghettiIf You Were Spaghetti by Haily Meyers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From the creators of Gotta Go, Buffalo, this is a sweet book of being complementary parts of each other’s lives.

The Third MushroomThe Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the continuing story of Ellie and her grandpa-turned-teenager, they end up becoming partners for the school science fair and their experiment might be the key to solve their problem. A great coming of age story focusing on the importance of family and navigating friendships in middle school.

#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line by David Hogg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brother and sister, and survivors of the Parkland shooting, share their experiences and how it helped them start fighting back against a system that allows this to happen on a regular basis. Heartbreaking and eye-opening and hopefully will get people inspired to take action as well.

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 to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

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September’s Picture Book of the Month- Part 2

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As part of my Commitment to Literacy: Picture Book It challenge, I wanted to spotlight one book that I’m completely in love with. Throughout the month, I’ll do multiple posts based on the book. I hope you will end up picking up the book and joining in on the conversation.

Previous posts:
All posts pertaining to previous Picture Book of the Month picks have been archived over at Picture Book It.
September’s Picture Book of the Month Announcement and Book Review

September’s Picture Book of the Month is The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by Rafael López.

As I’m sure I’ve talked and raved about Jacqueline Woodson before and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, this week I wanted to focus on Rafael López’s books!

Here are my reviews of picture books he’s done.

Bravo!: Poems About Amazing HispanicsBravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bravo, indeed! A great spotlight on Hispanic Americans and their contributions. Beautiful poems. Gorgeous artwork. Mini biographies are included in the back- as well as another poem naming more amazing people!

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a NeighborhoodMaybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Based on a true story. I loved how art helped bring a community together. I see this around in Portland (Oregon) and I’m definitely going to be recommending this to lots of our customers!

Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Bilingual Spanish-English)Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros by Pat Mora
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This bilingual book makes a celebration of books. A nice book to have if celebrating (or planning to celebrate) Children’s Day/Book Day. Includes tips.

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed MusicDrum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a random read telling the story of a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who defied stereotypes and inspired other girls to follow their dreams. Hers was to play the drums even though others said that was left for boys and men. Told in verse, full of rhythm. Full of lively and vibrant illustrations.

We've Got the Whole World in Our HandsWe’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands by Rafael López
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Adapted from the spiritual “He’s got the whole world in his hands”, Rafael López has brought his signature vibrant illustrations to celebrate inclusivity and community to a new readership. Available October 9th.

And don’t miss out on his behind the scenes look at the making of The Day You Begin.

Discussion
Do you have a favorite spread from The Day You Begin? What are some of your favorite images from Rafael López’s portfolio?

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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2018- September 5, 2018

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Turning Pages: My Life StoryTurning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An inspiring story about Justice Sotomayor’s life and how books have helped her in every turn of it. A lovely tribute to the power of the written word to help anyone see what is possible. Includes photos and a timeline.

Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations around the WorldEvery Month Is a New Year: Celebrations around the World by Marilyn Singer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fascinating look into different New Year Celebrations around the world- and they just don’t fall on January 1st! Presented in first as poems for each month then includes more details for each holiday at the end of the book- as well as a glossary. Lots of content!

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September’s Picture Book of the Month Pick

picturebookit

As part of my Commitment to Literacy: Picture Book It challenge, I wanted to spotlight one book that I’m completely in love with. Throughout the month, I’ll do multiple posts based on the book. I hope you will end up picking up the book and joining in on the conversation.

Previous posts:
All posts pertaining to previous Picture Book of the Month picks have been archived over at Picture Book It.

September’s Picture Book of the Month is…

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The Day You Begin
Text by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by Rafael López
[Hardcover, Ebook, Audiobook]
(This book is also available in Spanish, as El Día En Que Descubres Quién Eres!)
Published by Penguin Random House
August 28, 2018

Summary
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is quite like you.

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael Lopez’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

Watch the book trailer:

Review
With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we’ve all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at an unfamiliar environment) and how we then found ourselves being part of something special (with family, friends, or an entire community.) It’s a lesson we need to constantly re-learn.

Discussion
What did you think of The Day You Begin? Did any of you read it for the first day of school?

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- September 3, 2018

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

The Day War CameThe Day War Came by Nicola Davies
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Based on her response to actual events prompting the author to pen this poem, this story is both horrible for what did happen and continues to happen because of and in result of war and beautiful for the kindness that continues to exist.

Link to article: https://www.theguardian.com/childrens…

Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature PoniesSnow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies by Christian Trimmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A quirky retelling of Snow White. At first, I didn’t want to pick it up at all because I thought it was going to be a too-cute kind of book but I’m glad I gave it a try. My favorite character was the tax attorney.

The Remember BalloonsThe Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet and tender story dealing with a grandparent’s fading memory. Great to have for families dealing with Alzheimer’s.

Oregon Reads Aloud: A Collection of 25 Children's Stories by Oregon Authors and IllustratorsOregon Reads Aloud: A Collection of 25 Children’s Stories by Oregon Authors and Illustrators by Curtis C. Chen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As someone who volunteered for SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) before- helping kids with their reading skills by either reading to them or having them read to me- and has gotten to known some if not most of the contributors to this collection, I’m glad I finally read it.

Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #8)Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After meeting a kindred spirit at the store, I decided to give Rilla of Ingleside another try. I love Anne Shirley and finished all the books in the series except this because they became less about Anne. Surprisingly, I enjoyed this more than I ever thought I would. We get plenty of Anne and it was nice to see her grow up. And Rilla definitely has her mom’s personality and tendency to get into situations. It was so fascinating to read about World War One and it was gut wrenching to “experience” all the trials and tribulations that goes with it with them.

I listened to the LibroVox audio recording of this book and I was really impressed with the narrator. There were a few times when I got so wrapped in the story. This was a perfect way to end the series.

Maybe of constantly redoing Anne of Green Gables they should adapt this one instead.

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 to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

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