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What Are You Reading? (92) #IMWAYR – April 27, 2014

27 Apr
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!

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

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!

This week, I posted:

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my review for:

 Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart, Illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen [***]

Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart, Illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen [***]

Celebrate This Week– I celebrate World Book Night and my One Book Commitment to Literacy!

Guess What - Food? by Yusuke Yonezu [*]- Fun lift-the-flap board book from the same creator of We Love Each Other.

Guess What – Food? by Yusuke Yonezu [*]- Fun lift-the-flap board book from the same creator of We Love Each Other.

Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm, Illustrated by Matthew Holm [**]- A strong installment in this long running series.

Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm, Illustrated by Matthew Holm [**]- A strong installment in this long running series.


The second and third titles in the Fox and Hen series of wordless picture books are surprising stories about family.

Big Bug by Henry Cole [**]- Great bold illustrations. Nice concept book about sizes and perspective. Wish it ended differently though.

Big Bug by Henry Cole [**]- Great bold illustrations. Nice concept book about sizes and perspective. Wish it ended differently though.

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett [***]- I admit I got teary eyed on this one. This story has a great message of how hard work pays off and the surprising  kindness of people. I loved the attention to detail with the illustrations.

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett [***- My Pick of the Week]- I admit I got teary eyed on this one. This story has a great message of how hard work pays off and the surprising kindness of people. I loved the attention to detail with the illustrations. Available April 29th.

Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford by William Stafford [***]- A great collection of poems by William Stafford's son, Kim Stafford who is also a poet. 2014 marks the centennial of William Stafford's birth and an Oregon Reads selection this year.

Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford by William Stafford [***]- A great collection of poems by William Stafford’s son, Kim Stafford who is also a poet. 2014 marks the centennial of William Stafford’s birth. Ask Me is an Oregon Reads selection this year.

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

This week, I’m hoping to finish Agatha Christie’s The Murder on the Links. I’m also reading John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

Have a great reading week!

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14 responses to “What Are You Reading? (92) #IMWAYR – April 27, 2014

  1. thebookdate

    April 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I should probably look into getting this Babymouse book for my class, they like the ones they already have. Have a great reading week.

     
  2. Greg

    April 27, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    The Girl and the Bicycle sounds great, I read the blurb and it looks like a keeper. Thanks for sharing it.

     
  3. eloisej

    April 27, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Have fun with Murder on the Links! I love Agatha Christie’s books. 🙂
    http://youmeandacupofteablog.blogspot.com/2014/04/its-monday-life-school-and-pursuit-of.html

     
  4. Linda Baie

    April 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    We just had a discussion about ‘grit’ last week. It looks like The Girl And The Bicycle would fit this very well. Thanks for all the others too, Earl.

     
  5. Maria Selke (@mselke01)

    April 28, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Feathers sounds intriguing – and Babymouse always makes me smile. Looks like you had a great week. I love Dame Christie – but haven’t read any of her books recently.

     
  6. Juli @ Universe in Words

    April 28, 2014 at 4:29 am

    I’ve only read one William Stafford poem once for school and although I don’t quite remember it I think I quite liked it! I always quite enjoy reading children’s literature because there authors really try to integrate big themes into the story rather than just plonk them right in front of the reader to deal with! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you enjoy all of your books!
    My Monday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

     
  7. Julee Murphy

    April 28, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Big Bug-what a pretty cover. My students would snatch it up for cover appeal. I was lucky enough to pick up and have autographed a copy of Happy Birthday Babymouse at TX Library Association Conference. Love that Jenni Holm!

     
  8. Kathy Martin

    April 28, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I’ll have to add the new Babymouse to our next order. They are good for my youngest graphic novel fans. I remember really liking The Grapes of Wrath when I read it years ago. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

     
  9. The Styling Librarian

    April 28, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Can’t wait to read the new Babymouse!! 🙂 Feathers looks fantastic, keep hearing about it lately too! Happy reading week…

     
  10. Tara Smith

    April 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    So glad to see that Stafford collection, Earl – such an amazing poet.

     
  11. Kellee Moye (@kelleemoye)

    April 28, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Haven’t read that Babymouse book–I really need to finish the series as I’ve only read random books from the series.

    Happy reading this week 🙂

     
  12. Ricki Ginsberg

    April 28, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Before I started reading your post, I was searching for The Girl and the Bicycle. When I couldn’t find it in my CT library search, I returned to your post and saw your comment that it is coming out at the end of April. Darn! I added it to my TBR list. Have you read The Boy and the Airplane? It is by the same author, and it came up in my search. 🙂

     
  13. Myra GB

    April 30, 2014 at 1:59 am

    I read two poetry books last week, and I’ve been meaning to know more of Stafford’s poetry – seems like this book is a great place to start. Good to know about The Girl and the Bicycle – sounds like a title that I could include in my multicultural children’s lit text-set.

     
  14. bluestockingthinking

    May 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I really need to get Feathers, it just looks so beautiful!

     

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