My Reading Week #IMWAYR- February 5, 2018

04 Feb

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
World Read Aloud Day

Pink Is for BoysPink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Simply told but still manages to convey a strong message that any reader can relate to. Takes color-based gender preconceptions and turns it on its head with fun text and vibrant illustrations.

Mama, Do You Love Me?Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m surprised I hadn’t read this beloved picture book involving a mother’s unconditional love incorporating the Inuit culture. The picture book includes a glossary of significant figures and words. The board book doesn’t.

My FriendsMy Friends by Taro Gomi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great to pair with Quick as a Cricket and From Head to Toe as a young girl shares what she’s learned from her animal and insect friends. And then this sweet story veers off to include her human friends- and some inanimate objects.

I Went WalkingI Went Walking by Sue Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Super fun reminiscent of Brown Bear, Brown Bear which will have young readers guessing and repeating the rhythmic text after a few reads!

Red Is BestRed Is Best by Kathy Stinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightful read of a child’s preference why she prefers her red things over others.

These board books from Child’s Play introduces readers to Clive who loves to share his collections of things from hats to bags and of his art and his dolls with his many friends. The other four books in the series tackle role-playing as Clive takes on different jobs. All of them offer a simple read challenging gender stereotypes.

My Aunt Came Back (Harper Growing Tree)My Aunt Came Back by Pat Cummings
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun rhyming book of a globe-trotting aunt and the presents she gives to her niece.

Follow the Yarn: A Book of ColorsFollow the Yarn: A Book of Colors by Emily Sper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Simple introduction to colors as a cat unravels various hues of yarn.

LinesLines by Sarvinder Naberhaus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This board book provides a simple introduction to lines, squares and circles and how connected everything is.

Bilbo's Last SongBilbo’s Last Song by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Linda (of the blog Teacher Dance) for letting me know about this little gem of a poem. It was nice to revisit the hobbits again even if it was to see Bilbo off. Tolkien’s poem is beautifully illustrated by Pauline Baynes with detailed explanations at the end of the book.

The Trumpet of the SwanThe Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great read! The Trumpet of the Swan is probably the least known of E.B. White’s books for kids, if that’s even possible. But there’s something about it that makes it the closest thing to perfection one can read! The characters are memorable. Louis is a trumpeter swan who can’t speak but decides to learn how to read and write. He also learns to play the trumpet to try and communicate and hopefully win the heart of Serena, the object of his affection. His father is a poet who tends to ramble on and goes to great lengths to help Louis out. I love their relationship. Then, there’s Sam, a human who helps them out because he believes all life (including animals) should be treated fairly. There’s plenty of action and conflict to keep anyone interested but it’s not show-offy or anything, just the right amount. There was one scene I kind of cringed at in which Louis done something to show his dedication in becoming a great musician. I actually thought it was going to ruin the whole book for me but it remains almost like the perfect gift, wrapped up, packed up, ribbon with a bow on it, ready to be enjoyed!

I’m definitely adding it to my most favorite books!
To revisit this tale with E.B. White himself narrating the audiobook is such an experience. I didn’t realize I raved about it so much during my first reading of the book. And I can’t think of anything to add except to experience it for yourself!

Hatter M, Volume 5: Love of WonderHatter M, Volume 5: Love of Wonder by Frank Beddor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed The Looking Glass Wars novel trilogy so when this graphic novel spin-off series first came out I was excited. But, the magic kind of wore off as the series progressed – and the later volumes became so hard to find in bookstores and libraries. In fact, I only happened to run across this by chance volunteering at a used library book sale in a different state! It’s been awhile for me to fully remember all the plot lines but I’m glad it’s over.

Review Notes
***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

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

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

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

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6 responses to “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- February 5, 2018

  1. lindabaie

    February 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    So glad you found Bilbo’s Last Song. I may have to own that one! And E.B. White, too. You must have had a very nice reading week, Earl! I love the look of those Clive books, will pass them on to those I know who have babies! And thanks for the other sweet picture books. We had an older Pat Cummings book donated to the store this week. Have a great week!

  2. Jane the Raincity Librarian

    February 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I actually used I Went Walking in my baby storytime just last week! It’s got such a great rhythm and parents really get into chanting along!

  3. books4learning

    February 5, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    So many cute books. I just put My Aunt Came Back and My Friends on hold. Thanks for the suggestions.

  4. Ricki Ginsberg

    February 5, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    I just put in a request for Pink is for Boys. I am excited to get it–my son could use a few readings of it. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

  5. cweichel

    February 5, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I am going to have to go on a search for these Clive books! It’s never too early or too late to start to sabotage the status quo around gender conformity. It is for this reason that I am so excited to read about Pink Is for Boys. I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy.
    I love The Trumpet of the Swan. I read it out loud to a class way back in the 1970’s when I was a student teacher.

  6. Myra GB

    February 6, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Lots of seemingly-great picturebooks here. And like Cheriee, I am intrigued by those Clive books! 🙂


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