If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!
“Writing a blog focusing on children’s literature isn’t exactly an original concept but that just means I’m in a large company of people who share this one passion. This community of readers is a great source of finding out great- or, not so great- books. A cool way that recommendations are getting shared is through the meme “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” started by Book Journey blogger, Sheila, and kid-lit-focus-ified by Jen and Kellee of Teach Mentor Texts. The format is simple. Review the books you’ve finished reading the prior week and share the titles of what you’re planning on reading next.”– June 25, 2012
I just realized that it was about a year ago that I first participated in #IMWAYR.
And, I can’t believe it’s the end of June already! As I previously mentioned, I will donate a book to The Children’s Book Bank by the end of the year for every comment on this blog and for every time someone likes the Facebook page. Since most people read other bloggers’ IMWAYR posts on Mondays and Tuesdays, I will include however many comments I get on this post in the final tally.
Commitment to Literacy= 214 books to be donated
I finally finished Jasper Fforde’s The Woman Who Died A Lot. I’ll write a review later on but it’s My Pick of the Week.
-When Lions Roar by Robie H. Harris, Illustrated by Chris Raschka (Sep 24, 2013)- I liked the title. This is about when the world gets too scary for a child and how to deal with the fear and anxiety.
-How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Mark Teague (Sep 24, 2013)- Another entry in the series about what dinosaurs should and shouldn’t do when they’re mad or frustrated.
-Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins, Illustrated by James Proimos (Sep 10, 2013)- This picture book was interesting- based on her own childhood when her father fought in the Vietnam War. It wasn’t boring as I thought it would be when I first heard about it.
-Big Little Brother by Kevin Kling, Illustrated by Chris Monroe [***]- I heard some customers talk about this book. I absolutely adored it. What unique characters! And so funny! I would pair this with Chris Van Allsbur’s Zathura. I’m already looking forward to Big Little Mother, available November 1st.
-Melvin: The Luckiest Monkey in the World by Claudia Boldt [*]- This was one of those cute picture books. Reminiscent of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie stories.
-Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister [*]- This is a favorite with many of our customers. It was rather unmemorable to me, though. I can see how kids will think this is a cool book because of the shimmering foil-scales element to the illustrations.
-Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli [*]-If you liked Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, please tell me why. I just finished it, after having it recommended to me by others, and I still don’t know what to feel and therefore why people would think I’d like it. Maybe my expectations were set too high. I really don’t like characters who are special snowflakes. Maybe I’ve become too jaded or cynical in my old age and have a hard time telling whether a person’s quirks are naturally themselves or a planned personality makeover.
– Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco [**]- Patricia Polacco introduces us to Mr. Falker, based on a teacher she had growing up who helped her with her reading difficulties. Inspiring for anyone overcoming obstacles and determined to not give up! Thank You, Mr. Falker is a touching tribute to teachers!
-Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk [**]- Sam the Mouse lives in the library. He loves books so much that he decides to become a writer. His books become popular and everyone wants to meet him. I enjoyed how he solved that particular problem. Cute and creative!
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and I’ll probably finish that this week. I also got my library requests for Anne Ursu’s Breadcrumbs (while I wait to get a copy of The Real Boy) and John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines.
Share your #IMWAYR link below and share what you’ve read and what you’ll be reading!
Have a great week!