What Are You Reading? (52) #IMWAYR – July 21, 2013

21 Jul
Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

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

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

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Please like The Chronicles Of A Children’s Book Writer Facebook page!

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

For #FlashbackFriday, I wrote about my Reading Challenges. How are you doing on yours?

-Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson [*]- I actually read this a week or so ago and forgot to list it. Cute book. Odd enough, there’s another book about a bear named Otto.

-If You Were a Panda Bear by Florence Minor and Wendell Minor [**]-This works as a sweet read-aloud story filled with wonderful pictures. The last couple pages include some fun facts about the different kinds of bears mentioned in the book so there’s an educational element to it as well.

-Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell [****- My Pick of the Week]- Just finished it and wanted to see what other bloggers I knew thought of it. I was so worried the whole time I was reading it of what was going to happen at the end for some reason. I thought it was going to be another one of those YA novels where one of the main characters dies or gets seriously injured- purely as an emotional moment for the reader to have. Without spoiling anything, the ending was what it needed to be. Everything about the book seemed so real. The characters came alive and I guess that’s why I was so protective of them. Their situations (in school and at home) rang true. No one was treated any more special (or celebrated for their differences) than they needed to be despite the fact that this is a wonderful love story about two misfits who each find a sense of belonging with one another.

-Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger [**]- A simple very literal story about a timely topic.

-Larry Gets Lost in Seattle by John Skewes and Robert Schwartz [*]- Larry the dog had gotten lost in Portland and so I wanted to check this one out. I had been to Seattle once so I think that helped me enjoy the story.

-Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne, Illustrated by Sal Murdocca- [*]- I wanted to see why this series was so popular. While I thought it was only OK, I can understand why kids might enjoy these books. I definitely admire the concept and contribution of Mary Pope Osborne and the Magic Tree House.

Rating Scale
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

I’m reading Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu and will probably start on my Reading Challenges.

Have a great reading week!


8 responses to “What Are You Reading? (52) #IMWAYR – July 21, 2013

  1. Lindsey

    July 22, 2013 at 5:43 am

    My five year old went through a huge Magic Treehouse phase. He read each of them over and over. While I wasn’t thrilled with the repetition, I did like when the books sparked interest in Lincoln and Shakespeare.
    The craziness has abated for a while, but I suspect it will start up again when the newest book comes out in a few weeks!

  2. Kathy Martin

    July 22, 2013 at 6:38 am

    The Magic Tree House books are popular with my second and third grade independent readers. They are formulaic but I like that they include some history in each story. Come see what I did last week here. Happy reading this week!

  3. Linda Baie

    July 22, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Thanks for telling about the bear book-love them! And I did love Eleanor & Park too. You said it just right-the book made me anxious all the way through! And I also loved Breadcrumbs-what a lovely story, mixed in with fantasy-sometimes like our students’ lives I think. Thanks Earl!

  4. Andrea Payan (@payanar)

    July 22, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I like the idea of a post to reflect on reading challenges progress. I think I will probably do that this week also. I have heard all kinds of wonderful things about Eleanor and Park. I will definitely need to look for that one. Have a great reading week!

  5. Ricki Ginsberg

    July 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I was excited to see (on Twitter) that you loved E&P. I also love books that celebrate differences, so this book excited me as well. I haven’t read Breadcrumbs, so be sure to tell me how it is. I have heard that it is quite good. It is on my TBR shelf. ;o)

  6. Maria Selke (@mselke01)

    July 22, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I loved e&p – even though it’s not my usual fare. I agree that it really celebrates the “odd ducks”, and I think that’s why I loved it so much. I was happy with the way the story played out, though the ending felt a bit abrupt. I guess that’s real life, though – and in some ways I’m glad it didn’t get spelled out completely.

    My son adored the Magic Tree House series – it was just what he needed. I think this series appeals to kids who are just taking up slightly longer books. They aren’t TOO long, the characters become well known and loved, and there are little adventures mixed in with some history and/or science.

  7. Resh

    July 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I am looking forward to introduce the Magic Tree house series to DD. I just wasn’t sure she would take to reading longer books so waiting it out!

  8. carfor12

    July 24, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Thank you for your recent visit to my blog. I have grandchildren so I am always looking for some interesting book that I could read to them. I may have found some inspiration here.


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