I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”
This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday
Fans of Good Dog, Carl may enjoy this silly tale of a dog trying to keep a baby out of harm’s way only to get himself in trouble. I liked that every part of this book seemed to be used to tell the story.
Another great collaboration between Bell Hooks and Chris Raschka this time encouraging readers to look beyond the color of one’s skin and get to know the real person.
This isn’t a book I normally would have picked up but I someone had recommended the first book in the series- Ellie’s Log- because it was an Oregon based author with the story taking place in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a fun way to introduce readers into nature journaling. In this instance, a forest fire has Ricky and his family and friends on high alert. And they help keep track of the before-and-after of this event.
A celebration of poets who have affected the lives of these three contributing writers. Mini biographies are included at the end. What I liked about this- besides the gorgeous illustrations which are stunning- is that each of the poems are in the style of the poets and has references to their more famous works if you’re familiar with them.
I listened to the audio book of this and I really enjoyed the production.
Gloria Vanderbilt had a very theatrical quality with her narration which was amusingly in contrast to Anderson Cooper’s dry newscaster delivery.
The book provides a glimpse into a dynamic relationship between a parent and child that will make readers want to develop a similar relationship with their own family to (re)discover stories that helped shape their lives.
And what a life Gloria has led! It was sensational and almost unbelievable with moments of success and triumphs as well as devastating losses. To get to look back at her long life and share her stories and insights has been a real treat.
****= Highly Recommended
You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.
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Have a great reading week!