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What Are You Reading? (139) #IMWAYR – March 22, 2015

22 Mar
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!

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I’m having an LGBT Book Drive to benefit Basic Rights Oregon. Being LGBT can be isolating. Whenever we see ourselves in others, even in the pages of a book, there’s hope that we aren’t alone.

This week, I posted:

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my review for:

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating getting to away for awhile.

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature: Part 3: Walter Dean Myers– Read my review for:

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman, Illustrated by Laura Cornell

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman, Illustrated by Laura Cornell


[***] This is the updated edition of the book which comes out March 24th. I’m hoping to do a future post about this book once I read the original edition.

How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe? by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Mark Teague

How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe? by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Mark Teague


[**] A new addition to the bestselling series.


[***] A fun concept book series in board book format includes tactile elements. I love the bold designs.

Prickly Jenny by Sibylle Delacroix

Prickly Jenny by Sibylle Delacroix


[***] A cute picture book for kids (& adults) feeling out of sorts.

LOOK! by Édouard Manceau

LOOK! by Édouard Manceau


[***] Fans of Press Here! will be delighted by this new interactive book which invites readers to take a better look at the world around them.

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, Illustrated by Sydney Smith

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, Illustrated by Sydney Smith


[***] Gorgeous illustrations make up this wordless picture book that goes to show how little things and little people can make the world a beautiful and more colorful world.

Spots in a Box by Helen Ward

Spots in a Box by Helen Ward


[***] A guinea fowl sends for spots to fit in and gets all kinds of spots except the right ones! Except, sometimes, the wrong ones are right in this playful story about conformity.

Wolf Who Ate the Sky by Mary Daniel Hobson and Anna Isabel Rauh, Illustrated by Charles Hobson

Wolf Who Ate the Sky by Mary Daniel Hobson and Anna Isabel Rauh, Illustrated by Charles Hobson


[***] A ravenous wolf eats the sky and it’s up to a boy and the animals he meets along the way to get it back where it belongs. This folk tale has been part of the Rauh’s family for generations. This version is from nine-year-old Anna! I love the mixed media illustrations.

Wild About Shapes by Jeremie Fischer

Wild About Shapes by Jeremie Fischer


[***] Readers will marvel at this visual stunner of a book! What looks like random blots of colors reveal animals once the printed acetate page overlaps with it.

You Can Do It, Bert! by Ole Konnecke

You Can Do It, Bert! by Ole Konnecke


[***] A young bird is getting ready to fly. Or is he? Readers will cheer him on and will be delighted by what he does end up doing! I love Ole Konnecke’s distinct style.

Good Luck Bear by Greg E. Foley

Good Luck Bear by Greg E. Foley


[**] What the story lacks, the adorable illustrations make up for it!

Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a beautiful quiet story and quite suspenseful in its own way. The characters weren’t that fleshed out but were still very memorable for their emotional journeys. I am intrigued enough to read the other books in the series and maybe even watch the films.

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RooftoppersRooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

‘Books crowbar the world open for you.’

In this magical tale, a girl with hair “the color of lightning” is raised by an eccentric but kind man. When the Welfare Agency decides that he is not suited to be raising a girl, off they flee to Paris in search of her mother. There they find a new world populated by Rooftoppers, homeless kids who live on roofs. It’s a thrilling chase full of beautiful characters and language that plays like music. I felt the book ended too soon!

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

I’m hoping to finish Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz before Wednesday’s Family Book Club. And, I need to find another audio book to start listening to.

Have a great reading week!

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7 responses to “What Are You Reading? (139) #IMWAYR – March 22, 2015

  1. carriegelson

    March 22, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Some gorgeous titles. I can’t wait to read Sidewalk Flowers. I just read Rooftoppers recently too. Loved this book! A perfect MG read in my opinion.

     
  2. BambiniTravel

    March 23, 2015 at 4:40 am

    So many delightful titles. We love Press Here so Look sounds like a great fit for us. I love Good Luck Bear. We read that around St Patrick’s Day last year. Perfect for little ones.

     
  3. The Styling Librarian

    March 23, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Glad you enjoyed Rooftoppers too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing about LOOK! by Édouard Manceau – can’t wait to read… Happy reading to you!

     
  4. Beth Shaum (@BethShaum)

    March 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I’m really looking forward to reading the new version of Heather Has Two Mommies. I heard Leslea Newman speak about it at ALA Midwinter.

     
  5. cheriee

    March 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    You’ve highlighted some of my favourite titlels here: Monster and Sarah Plain and Tall. I’ve got Rooftoppers on my to read list, but after reading your comments and those of Carrie and Debbie above, I think I’ll have to move it up near to the top of my pile.

     
  6. Tammy and Clare

    March 23, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you for telling us about Look! Press Here is such a favorite among Kindergarteners that we can’t wait to read Look. We loved Separate is Never Equal – such a powerful book about Sylvia Mendez

     
  7. Myra GB

    March 23, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Have you read Patricia Polacco’s In My Mother’s House – that would be a good addition to your LGBT text set. By the way there is also a Filipino picture book that deals with the same topic “Ang Ikaklit Sa Aming Hardin” (The Sunflower in our garden) which won a major award (Palanca Award) – it’s bilingual. 🙂

     

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