This week, I posted:
–New Releases– Read my reviews for:
-Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday- Read my reviews for:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating Authors.
The Rox in Sox Children’s Music and Books Festival was this past Saturday. I talked about it in a previous post. It’s always great to be part of anything that promotes literacy.
[***] Adorable and hilarious, we have an energetic and imaginative girl who has a problem getting anywhere on time. There’s just so much to do! I love the manic facial expressions.
[***] A new release by a deceased author is always a cause for excitement and worry. But fortunately this is a nice addition to any Seuss library starting of simple and then getting sillier by the page. What I probably enjoyed more than the story was the background information about Seuss and his pets and what was done to get this story printed.
[**] While based on a true story, I decided not to include this as a nonfiction picture book. During the holidays, a ship travels down to Chicago to deliver Christmas trees. Until one day, the captain and his ship doesn’t. His family (his wife and their daughters) continues his legacy in this heartwarming tale.
[***] A cute story about a new kitten in the family and how the old cat can feel frustrated that there’s someone else stealing the attention- not to mention the food- and how it’s nice, even convenient, to have someone else to share the adventures and trouble with.
[****] Adorable story where every kid has a monster they can call their own. Everyone except Marilyn, who after patience fails to produce one, goes out to find her monster. It’s not the way to get one but she’s determined. Matt Phelan’s illustrations are always a visual familiar treat.
[***] A sweet father and son story who learn their separate interests can actually help each other out.
Dawn Prochovnic has done monthly sign language story times at our store in the past and they’ve always been one of my favorite story times that we offer since they are always so active and musical. This is a great story about some very busy goings-on around a bird’s nest. Includes visual ASL signs for animals.
In the very busy lives of families, sometimes even the moms and dads need time-outs. It was nice to meet Valarie Pearce and her family in person and not just through the pages of the books.
In the same vein as There’s a Monster at the End of this Book, I Will Chomp You features a more aggressive but still adorable creature willing to chomp at readers who keep turning the pages.
[***] An elderly lady read me this at work over the weekend. I love a spontaneous storytime! Unexpected perks of being a bookseller! A simple story with few words that (with the aide of the illustrations) somehow manages to capture the reader’s attention and imagination.
[****] One of my favorite recent picture books. What a great message of doing the best you can despite the overwhelming odds and being pleasantly surprised that there’s others out there doing their best as well.
Being a huge fan of the Babymouse series and the Holm duo, it was inevitable that I read this. A nice start to a series about an amoeba who loves comic books. I enjoy the science references and can’t wait to read the other books!
The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie. While she is one of my favorite writers, it was mostly because I liked her Hercule Poirot mysteries so much. This thriller, although not featuring any of her other famous detectives, was still much praised. Fun and full of likable characters, brilliant with twists and turns befitting her classic novels, it did not disappoint. It left me racing through the pages to see what would happen next.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
With so many Reading Challenges out there, I figured keeping a monthly update on the ones I’m participating in will be a great way to keep track of my progress!
Barbara Kerley & Edwin Fotheringham– I finished this challenge! You can read my reviews of their books here.
Off the Shelf 2015 Goal: 11 books– 2 more books read this month for a total of 6; Click on my To Be Read 2015 post for review.
Diverse Books Goal: 52 books– I finished this challenge! I like to think that I read a lot and I was surprised that I had to seek out books featuring people of color or people with disabilities, or anything that would be considered diverse. While I’m not going keep track of how many more diverse books I read, I will definitely still read more so I can share them.
-Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
-Eddie Red, Undercover: Mystery in Mayan Mexicoby Marcia Wells
-The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats-Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats-A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats-Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats-Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats-Hi, Cat! by Ezra Jack Keats-Pet Show by Ezra Jack Keats
To Be Read 2015/ Must Read in 2015– I updated this list again. 3 more books read this month for a total of 40; Click on link to see which ones I’ve read!
My Most Favorite Favorites– I added two more titles to my list.
–State of Giving: Stories of Oregon Nonprofits, Donors, and Volunteers by Greg Chaillé and Kristin Anderson
–All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr</a
357 Books Read in 2015
8 Adult Fiction
9 Adult Non-Fiction
11 Graphic Novels
65 Middle Readers
248 Picture Books
16 Young Adult
How are your Reading Resolutions going?
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Have a great reading week!