My Reading Week #IMWAYR- February 12, 2018

12 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
Picture Book It: My Caldecott Contenders

PetraPetra by Marianna Coppo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightful quirky story about a rock that is more than a rock. Great to pair with Rot by Ben Clanton as they both celebrate being oneself!

Kate, Who Tamed the WindKate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was immediately drawn to this story about a solution-based girl who helps a stranger with his problem in a very innovative and environmentally conscious way! Fun rhythmic read which should be a hit during storytimes.

The Big BedThe Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A playful picture book which I was already planning on reading but was intrigued after a customer said it didn’t really have a resolution. Maybe if the title had to do with who should win the Mom’s undivided attention, it would have been enjoyed better. I thought it was cute.

This Is Not a ValentineThis Is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lovely tribute to friendship all the days of the year. A sweet message that this is not a valentines because love transcends a space a calendar.

No Biggy!: A Story About Overcoming Everyday ObstaclesNo Biggy!: A Story About Overcoming Everyday Obstacles by Elycia Rubin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A good book to teach kids how to deal with frustration. Although, it seemed like an act-first-apologize-later behavior but then I may have been having a cranky day when I read this dealing with people who like to make mess in places they shouldn’t.

Apparently, this was first self-published then picked up and redid with a new illustrator.

Each Peach Pear PlumEach Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another classic. Another delightful read. Simple rhyming text with an “I Spy” element.

I also noticed there was an audio version of this picture book and I wonder how that goes.

Idea JarIdea Jar by Adam Lehrhaupt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Immediately after reading this, I couldn’t wait to recommend it teachers who come to the store. A fun book about what to do with a collection of ideas.

Grace for GusGrace for Gus by Harry Bliss
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish I enjoyed this picture book graphic novel more. I love all the call backs to other comics and the story of this shy but smart and super talented and creative girl. But a couple of New York character cameos annoyed me when I saw them.

Winterhouse (Winterhouse, #1)Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect for fans who enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society! List-making and puzzle-loving girl ends up staying at a hotel full of odd guests and family secrets. She ends up more involved than she anticipated as she finds a much sought after book in its library.

I didn’t realize this was a trilogy. So now I wait for the next installment although it pretty much wrapped itself up.

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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7 responses to “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- February 12, 2018

  1. lindabaie

    February 12, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Except for Winterhouse, these are all new to me! Thanks, Earl, you always add to my list!

  2. Kellee (@kelleemoye)

    February 12, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I love This Is (Not) a Valentine! And Carter is such an awesome human being!
    I haven’t read the others… I’ll need to get your favorites 🙂

    Happy reading this week!

  3. books4learning

    February 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks for all these picture book recommendations! I just put a bunch on hold at the library.

  4. lauramossa

    February 12, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    The Idea Jar is new to me. Definitely need to check it out!

  5. Katie @ Read-at-Home Mom

    February 12, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Each Peach Pear Plum is a favorite around here. I have heard the audio version. My oldest daughters (ages 2 and 4) like to listen to it with the book so they can follow along. A lot of these others are new to me – I’ll have to add them to my list of books to find at the library.

  6. cweichel

    February 12, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Winterhouse is on my list, but your remarks have encouraged me to get to it sooner rather than later. I wonder if the audio for Each Peach Pear Plum could be to support emerging readers? I haven’t looked at the book in ages, but I do remember it being beautiful.

  7. Myra GB

    February 13, 2018 at 4:38 am

    I’ve been checking our library online database to see whether the titles you just shared here are available – they’re all NOT in our system yet – must be recently published ones. Alas. 😦 Enjoy Valentine Week, Earl! 🙂


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