What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR – January 20, 2013

20 Jan
Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts 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!

I posted about International Book Giving Day earlier in the week. It sounds like a really cool idea. Who’s participating in it?

I had a pretty good reading week. I read lots of timely books and books for work and books for my A to Z Picture Book Series Reading Challenge.

-Anton and the Battle by Ole Konnecke [*]- This was on display at the store. Very reminiscent of “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” which is to say I enjoyed it. The illustrations were quite charming! Looking through my old reading logs, I realized I had read another of his books “Anthony and the Girls.” I’m trying to find “Anton Can Do Magic.”

-An Awesome Book of Thanks! by Dallas Clayton [*]- The second book in the author’s “Awesome Book” series wasn’t as bad as the most recent one (“An Awesome Book of Love!”) but not as good as the first (“An Awesome Book!”). An interesting note was that this was published through Amazon.

-The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin, Translated by Elisa Amado, Illustrated by Rosana Faria [*]- January is National Braille Literacy Month. This was a book that has been often requested at work. This offered a unique reading experience with its vivid descriptions accompanied by Braille text and raised-line illustrations.

-Harry the Dirty Dog
-No Roses for Harry!
-Harry by the Sea
-Harry and the Lady Next Door
By Gene Zion, Illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham [**]- One of the best things about Reading Challenges is finding books I normally wouldn’t have read. And this series has been a wonderful discovery. I love Harry and I can’t wait to recommend him to our customers.

-The Bored Book by David Michael Slater, Illustrated by Doug Keith [*]- This wordless picture book is a fun reminder of what can await anyone who picks up a book. I ran across this title on an #IMWAYR post.

-Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson, Illustrated by Stephen Savage [*]
-Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson, Illustrated by Stephen Savage [*]
-Little Tug by Stephen Savage [**]
Stephen Savage is coming to our store. I wasn’t familiar with his name but he did a fun wordless picture book called “Where’s Walrus?” I love his illustrations- very smooth and almost retro. I wanted to familiarize myself with his other works. “Little Tug” was my favorite of the three books I read this week. It’s probably because he wrote it as well. It’s a cute story perfect for bedtime.

-I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr., Illustrated by Kadir Nelson [**- My Pick of the Week]- January 15th was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. It’s been awhile since I read his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety. It’s as moving and powerful now as ever before. This book with Kadir Nelson’s lush illustrations is a great example of how picture books are sometimes works of art.

-My Bookstore by Ronald Rice (Editor) [**]- I love books about books and bookstores. Every time I read a new chapter, I was inspired to be a better bookseller.

My Rating Scale
X= Skip it!
*= Liked it
**= Recommended

I’m reading Sherman Alexie’s “Ten Little Indians” since it’s the community-wide reading project pick. Already, I’m loving it.

Happy Reading everyone!


12 responses to “What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR – January 20, 2013

  1. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    January 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I remember reading the Harry series – Betty White reads Harry the Dirty Dog here:

    Have a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

    • Earl

      January 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks for sharing the link! As if I needed another reason to love Betty White!

  2. MarthaE

    January 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Now I am interested in checking out the Harry books. Thanks. Happy Reading!

  3. Pussreboots

    January 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    The Harry the Dog books were popular with my kids. I personally adore the Polar Bear books — the artwork is so beautiful.

    I plan to make 2013 my year of reading from my own bookshelves. Please come see what I’m currently reading.

  4. Lee Corey

    January 21, 2013 at 3:38 am

    I ran across your blog on Twitter and TeacherMentorTexts. I love your rating system – thanks for that! I hadn’t heard of International Book Giving Day, but I’m in. I’ll share with other teachers in my district and maybe I can get more people to participate. I have books stacked everywhere so I need to give some away! (They are hard to part with though.)

  5. readerjamie

    January 21, 2013 at 3:39 am

    LOVED Harry the Dog when I was growing up! I’m not familiar with the other books mentioned. Though I am following your blog now since I have a 10 month old niece that we’re looking to start reading to real soon!

    Here’s my Monday post….

  6. Shan

    January 21, 2013 at 5:03 am

    I haven’t read the Martin Luther King Jr. book but I absolutely love Kadir Nelson’s illustrations!

  7. Myra GB

    January 21, 2013 at 5:05 am

    I’m so glad you liked The Bored Book and happy to know that you’re also participating in International Book Giving Day! Whee! So nice! Kadir Nelson’s I Have a Dream also sounds like a book that’s bound to receive so many awards in the coming months. I haven’t read anything by Stephen Savage yet, I have to check him out. Have a great reading week!

  8. pamela

    January 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I have heard good things about The Black Book of Colours! I also love Harry the Dirty Dog and have him on my shelves 🙂

  9. LInda Baie (@LBaie)

    January 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Glad to know about My Bookstore & that you are liking the Sherman Alexie book. I think he’s very good, so will be sure to find it. The Kadir Nelson book is wonderful. Thanks!

  10. LadyInRead (vidyatiru)

    January 22, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I have the Awesome Book of Thanks on my list to read.. The Bored Book and I have a Dream sound interesting. Harry is much loved 🙂

  11. Nathan

    January 25, 2013 at 9:49 am

    All the titles here sound quite appealing, especially Polar Bear Night and Polar Bear Morning. Those would be the ones I want to have a look at, if any.
    I was wondering if you also read a bit of children’s books not just because some are actually quite enjoyable even at an older age, but because you’re interested in writing in that age range?
    Tried to comment before but it wouldn’t let me.


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