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This was another full week. I can’t say I don’t like it. I like having things to do!
I attended a Banned Books Week reading. It’s crazy that books are still being challenged! One of the most memorable parts was when one of the authors (Vanessa Vaselka, “Zazen”) got emotional reading a passage from one of my 36 favorite Favorite Books- “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. It just went to show how much power there are in words!
One of the perks in working at a bookstore is when authors come in randomly. Alexis M. Smith who wrote “Glaciers” stopped by to shop and even signed her book for us!
I also ran an in-store event where I showed kids and their parents to make origami jack-o-lanterns. It was unexpected busy but I enjoyed seeing how creative the children got!
I attended a library book club for Naseem Rakha’s “The Crying Tree.” I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the actual discussion. It was a bonus that the author was there!
Also, events for Wordstock- Portland’s annual literary festival- have been going on all week. I loved their pop-up readings this year! We also had an author reading in our store for one of the authors- Christopher Healy, “The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.” (I’ll write a blog post about this later.)
Children’s Books Read This Week
-Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida [*][Caldecott Reading Challenge]
-Noah’s Ark by Jacob Revius; Illustrated by Peter Spier [*][Caldecott Reading Challenge]
-Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall; Illustrated by Barbara Cooney [*][Caldecott Reading Challenge]
-This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen [*]- I surprisingly enjoyed this book more than “I Want My Hat Back”
-The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy [*- My Pick of the Week]
-Look… Look Again! By John O’Brien [*]- I found the illustrations (comic strip style) quite hilarious, definitely quirky visual brain teasers.
-(Oliver) by Christopher Franceshelli [*]- An interesting novelty board book for kids
-Popville by Anouck Boisrobert [*]- A fine example of great paper engineering that tells a story.
My Rating Scale
X= Skip it!
*= Liked it
I bought the two Jasper Fforde novels a couple of weeks ago- “The Woman Who Died A Lot” and “The Last Dragonslayer”- so I’ll probably read at least one of those. I also borrowed a pile of Caldecott winning books for my Reading Challenge. I’m almost done with reading them all. But I have another rather busy week ahead.
Happy Reading everyone!