My Reading Week #IMWAYR- March 5, 2018

04 Mar

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
Kate DiCamillo: An Evening of Hope


Baby Monkey, Private EyeBaby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A new Brian Selznick book is always an event! In Baby Monkey, Private Eye he works his magic for up and coming readers in a delightful early chapter and picture book hybrid format.

Baby Monkey is ready to solve any mystery as soon as he can put on his pants! With repetitive and predictive texts, readers will build enough confidence to tackle surprise developments in these short stories. And sharp eyed sleuths will delight in the visual references Selznick incorporates within each case. (He also includes a key to these at the back of the book!)

Teddy's Favorite ToyTeddy’s Favorite Toy by Christian Trimmer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is great for fans of Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny series. Both have the theme of a kid super attached to one specific toy which gets misplaced and the great lengths a parent does to save the day! Keep this title in mind also for Mother’s Day because Teddy’s mom is awesome!

Jerome by HeartJerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a beautiful lovely book about unconditional friendship. This title is coming up in a lot of LGBTQ lists and it’s a shame because it’s so refreshing to see this kind of innocence when even the term “sensitive” doesn’t have some sort of gender connotation.

What I wish was that there was more of a story- or maybe just more of it- because it just seemed to end abruptly.

Gotta Go, Buffalo: A Silly Book of Fun GoodbyesGotta Go, Buffalo: A Silly Book of Fun Goodbyes by Haily Meyers

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This has been popular during baby storyimes. With lift the flaps, readers get to discover silly animal goodbyes.

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LlamaphonesLlamaphones by Janik Coat
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the third installment of Janik Coat’s board book wordplay series featuring animals, young readers are introduced to the concept of homophones with the help of llamas. Includes bold art design and tactile elements.

Apparently this series has been around awhile but it’s only recently that I’ve been seeing them recently. A fun bilingual (English/Spanish) board book series that introduces concepts to babies and toddlers usually with some sort of Spanish influence or reference.

Uncle Shelby's ABZ BookUncle Shelby’s ABZ Book by Shel Silverstein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All the humor you love in his classic poetry anthologies for kids amplified in its irreverence for a mature audience.

Logical Family: A MemoirLogical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Armistead Maupin shares his storied life in this captivating memoir. From his childhood as a conservative Southerner to a Navy man in a foreign country and to his San Francisco days, we see the moments that have shaped his life and his stories.

I listened to the audio book narrated by him and includes an interview led by Neil Giaman. And it was a special treat to hear him read Michael’s Letter to his Mama from the Tales of the City series.

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!

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7 responses to “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- March 5, 2018

  1. cweichel

    March 4, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I saw this picture of you and Kate DiCamillo on your facebook page and was/am so envious! It looks like you read a number of interesting books this week. Since I collect Alphabet books, I’m eager to see Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book. My library finally ordered Baby Monkey, Private Eye so I have a now hold on that.

    • Jane the Raincity Librarian

      March 5, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Cheriee – I think I must be on the same hold list as you for Baby Monkey! Hurry up and arrive already!!! 😀

  2. lindabaie

    March 5, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Love that photo, Earl! Wow! I shared Baby Monkey, Private Eye today, too. My youngest granddaughter loves it a lot! The Uncle Shelby’s ABZ was a favorite of my daughter’s a long time ago-just lots of fun!

  3. Jane the Raincity Librarian

    March 5, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I haven’t seen Jerome by Heart before, and it looks and sounds lovely. I know what you mean, though, about it being on lists – as much as labels can be empowering, they can also be limiting. Being sensitive shouldn’t automatically mean being gay, just as tough or macho shouldn’t be read as being straight – kids should feel free to be any and all of the above!

  4. carriegelson

    March 5, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Look at that amazing photo of you and Kate!

  5. Myra GB

    March 6, 2018 at 1:29 am

    I have to find Jerome by Heart. That photo of you and Kate DiCamillo should be FRAMED! 🙂

  6. 2shaye

    March 7, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    These look so good and I’ve yet to read any of them. However, I JUST put Baby Monkey, Private Eye on my list today. It seems to be popping up all over. Thanks so much for the reviews! And OH MY GOODNESS, you met and talked to and photo’ed with Kate DiCamillo! SQUEEEE! What a wonderful experience that must have been. WOW! Have a wonderful reading week!


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