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
March’s Picture Book of the Month: Islandborn by Junot Díaz
Books Open Minds

Flowers for SarajevoFlowers for Sarajevo by John McCutcheon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d been meaning to read this for awhile now. A sad but beautiful story of a war torn country and how its people found a way to continue living despite the atrocities. We can all be heroes. And there are various things we can do to be one.

Includes additional information on Sarajevo and the musician. I didn’t realize it came with a CD that includes the audiobook version, an interview with the author, and a couple musical pieces.

Backyard FairiesBackyard Fairies by Phoebe Wahl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightful read that will make readers want to take a closer look at what magical things they may find while out and about.

Love Is LoveLove Is Love by Michael Genhart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Love is Love shows that underneath all our differences, we have similarities. A great book to share to show that there are all kinds of families. I appreciated that it shows that not everyone won’t be as open to these ideas which is why it’s so important to have stories like this.

Includes lots of resource materials at the back of the book which I think makes this a great purchase.

A House That Once WasA House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can’t wait to share this book. Such a beautiful read. The rhythmic text will be perfect for read-alouds and bedtimes. It both soothes and creates a sort of mystery. The art builds upon the story. I love reading the media and style used for this. This book is meant to read over and over again.

How to Count 1 to 5 in Five LanguagesHow to Count 1 to 5 in Five Languages by Kenard Pak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Meet five kids as they count multiple things in this multilingual board book with buttons to hear them speak in French, Japanese, Mandarin, English, and Spanish!

Princess HairPrincess Hair by Sharee Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hair, hair, hair (books) everwhere! This is fun to read aloud for young kids.

Sweet Dreams, Supergirl (DC Super Heroes)Sweet Dreams, Supergirl by Michael Dahl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sweet addition to the DC Super Heroes picture book series pairing heroic feats with everyday tasks perfect for young readers.

PignicPignic by Matt Phelan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Super cute picture book about pigs going on a picnic and how obstacles may not really be as bad as they seem.

The Prince and the DressmakerThe Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This graphic novel has been included in lots of recent lists of LGBT books to read. A fashionable and forward fairy tale about finding your true self. While at certain points it seemed very cliché- sort of like the early steps media had when they were first introducing gay characters- I did appreciate how complicated the emotions and other situations were. I wouldn’t mind reading at least one more story of these characters to fully realize who they are.

I’m still basking in the afterglow from Kate DiCamillo’s event last week so I decided to read a couple of her picture books.

Great JoyGreat Joy by Kate DiCamillo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautiful story set in Christmastime but with a message perfect for sharing all year round. And the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. Read this now and remember it as a holiday gift.

Louise, The Adventures of a ChickenLouise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A “not-so-chicken” chicken wants adventure in her life. And, so, she goes out and has them. Sometimes, it’s too much for Louise who then dreams of being back home with her friends. Chapters break up this picture book perfect for a long storytime or extended for a night or two.

Come, Tell Me How You Live: An Archaeological MemoirCome, Tell Me How You Live: An Archaeological Memoir by Agatha Christie Mallowan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In my goal to read all my Agatha Christie books in chronological order, it was time for this nonfiction. Knowing her from mostly mysteries, this took a little bit of getting used to but it was a fascinating read regardless. It doesn’t feel like a textbook since she focuses on her experiences. It’s like a travelogue more than anything.

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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6 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- March 12, 2018

  1. So many great books, this week! A House That Once Was looks good. And I’m always on the lookout for great bedtime books, so I’m glad you shared this one. I never got the chance to read Great Joy and I really enjoy DiCamillo’s work, so I’m adding that to my list right now. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Many books to love here, Earl. The House That Once Was reminds me of This House Once by Hopkinson. I’m glad you liked Flowers for Sarajevo, a lovely book, too. Thanks for all!

  3. Oh wow, so many titles here. A good friend of mine (former bookseller and book club friend) has also recommended The Prince and the Dressmaker for the group to read. Looking forward to finding it. I doubt if our libraries here in Singapore would carry the title, though. 🙂 But then again, let’s see.

  4. I read Flowers for Sarajevo this week too. It’s such a beautiful book. I’m going to be searching for a copy of Backyard Fairies, because to be honest, I haven’t really stopped believing in them.

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