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I love books.
And, I’m so happy when I get to talk about books to others whether while volunteering or planning events to support the library or while working. Even if it’s just making signs for work, I feel lucky to have a chance to be creative.
I’ve also been actively trying to make time to write.
-Little Raccoon’s Big Question by Miriam Schlein, Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr [*]- A friend recommended this picture book while I was volunteering. She bought this to date in behalf of her mom for International Book Giving Day. It’s a cute book with its story and message of love between mother and son and the adorable illustrations of the playful raccoon.
-The Pirate Girl’s Treasure by Peyton Leung, Illustrated by Hilary Leung [*]- I enjoy origami. This was a nice picture book that incorporated how to make a paper shirt and an actual story. I loved this particular illustration by Hilary Leung.
-Gift Days by Kari-Lynn Winters, Illustrated by Stephen Taylor [*- My Pick of the Week]- I picked this picture book up based on its cover. Set in a village Uganda, it’s about a young girl whose days are filled with chores after her mother has died of HIV/AIDS. But she wants to learn how to read. I love the message that education is a key in facing these real-life challenges. This was definitely eye-opening. [Non-Fiction]
-Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein [*]- Since Shel Silverstein is one of my Creative Inspirational Heroes (along with Walt Disney and Jim Henson and Dr. Seuss), I’ve decided to add him to the list of authors whose entire work I will read. This was a fun book and just an odd experience. Sometimes I read the poems as is (in “Runny Babbit” language) and sometimes I found myself automatically reading the text as it would normally be spelled out.
-The Reader by Amy Hest and Lauren Castillo [*]- This was a title I picked up while reading #IMWAYR blogs. It was cute enough about the love of reading and the friendship between a boy and his dog.
-Miss Little’s Gift by Douglas Wood, Illustrated by Jim Burke [*]- Another book about reading! I was going to write a blog post about why reading is so important but I’d be preaching to the choir. This picture book tackled the author’s experiences with having ADHD which led to many problems in school including difficulties with reading. But with a dedicated teacher’s help, he managed to overcome it. Helping find books that a reluctant reader would want to read is a crucial step. I loved the shout out to
the Caldecott-Medal recipient “The Little Island” by Margaret Wise Brown (using the pseudonym Golden Macdonald) with illustrations by Leonard Weisgard. [Non-Fiction]
-Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? by Shel Silverstein [*]- I wasn’t familiar with this picture book. It was funny.
-My Dad Is the Best Playground by Luciana Navarro Powell [*]- I remember this board book getting mentioned a lot when it first came out and I’d been meaning to read it. It was rather cute. A companion book called “My Mom is the Best Circus” comes out March 26th.
-Rooster’s Off to See the World by Eric Carle [*]
-The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle [*]
I can’t stop talking about how amazing Eric Carle is to people! His stories somehow manage to be familiar and new at the same time. He always seems to be introducing some concept to the reader without being so obvious about it. I was excited to hear he was releasing a new book out (“Friends”) due this Fall.
-Arsenic and Old Puzzles by Parnell Hall [*]- Every year, I look forward to reading a new Puzzle Lady mystery. I love crosswords and I do prefer cozy mysteries a la Agatha Christie and Parnell Hall combines them into one laugh out loud package with this series. Plus, he literally has a way with words.
My Rating Scale
X= Skip it!
*= Liked it
Commitment to Literacy= 51 books to be donated
I’m going to try and not start reading any new books since I want to get my list down.
1. Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) by Jose Rizal
2. The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde
3. Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
4. Letters to a Young Teacher by Jonathan Kozol
5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz