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!

The Boring BookThe Boring Book by Shinsuke Yoshitake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who knew a book about boredom could be so fun?

Steps and Stones: An Anh's Anger StorySteps and Stones: An Anh’s Anger Story by Gail Silver
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed Anh’s Anger and didn’t know there was a companion book. This one provides readers a way to deal with their anger by following the footsteps of Anh after his friends decide to play a different game than he wants to and he entertains the idea of getting revenge.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister RogersA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great book for Mister Rogers fans sure to bring fond memories of watching the show and listening to the songs. Or, if you weren’t alive during those times, checking them out on YouTube!

A Drop of HopeA Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been in the search of a feel-good novel that wasn’t too sentimental- and I found it with A Drop of Hope. Perfect for fans A Snicker of Magic and Circus Mirandus.

Three kids become the secret keepers of the mysterious goings-on in their troubled town involving a wishing well.

I love the bite-sized sections that provide an appetizing meal of a story.

They Called Us EnemyThey Called Us Enemy by George Takei
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A graphic novel that shares an actor’s childhood growing up in a Japanese interment camp and drawing parallels to the current situations happening in our country’s borders. A powerful read about a heinous crime committed against Americans of Japanese descent and how we’re bound to repeat past mistakes if we don’t acknowledge them and try to make amends.

I’m also sharing nonfiction picture books that I’ve read recently.

You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His NeighborhoodYou Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood by Aimee Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The world will be a better place if more people knew about Mister Fred Rogers. This picture book biography is a wonderful introduction to a man whose words and talents have made so many feel like they belong somewhere for being just who they are.

Little Feminist Picture BookLittle Feminist Picture Book by Mudpuppy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another collection of mini biographies of amazing females. There are definitely better ones out there.

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a NationA Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Keep an eye out for this book since you’ll want to add it to your library. Many books have been written about Martin Luther King, Jr. but this one is a cut above the rest. It felt more detailed or all-encompassing somehow. And all the backmatter materials provides even more information without giving the reader a sense of being overloaded.

Skulls!Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun picture book to teach young readers about skulls. Although it would probably have freaked me out if I read this as a kid. But then I would blame it on how we’ve been conditioned to think skeletons are scary!

Look! I Wrote a Book! (and You Can Too!)Look! I Wrote a Book! by Sally Lloyd-Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun picture book for aspiring writers. This might be fun to pair with Mac Barnett’s How to Make a Book.

Writing Magic: Creating Stories that FlyWriting Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I made a mistake of thinking this was going to be a dumbed down manual on how to write. While written for kids, any one regardless of age will pick something up from this book full of exercises to get the creative juices flowing. If nothing else, readers will remember to “Have fun. Save what you write.”

Review Notes
***= Liked It
****= Recommended
*****= Favorite

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

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!

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5 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- August 12, 2019

  1. I adored Mr. Rogers, so I definitely enjoyed A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. I have been looking forward to reading A Drop of Hope since it was released. I even checked it out, but had to return it before I even started since I had too many books and too little time. But now I must grab it again when it’s available! I’m adding A Place to Land to my list — new title to me and I’m grateful for the review, Earl. Have a wonderful reading week!

  2. I sure hope my library brings in a copy of You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood. I have a copy of Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly on a shelf somewhere that it sounds like I must get to. Thanks for the reminder. Have a fabulous reading week.

  3. Great list this week! I ordered several of them from my library and am looking forward to getting my hands on them. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

  4. I have a copy of They Called Us Enemy on my bookshelf, I need to read it sooner than later. And Skulls, hmm. My preschooler is a bit freaked out right now with the fact that everyone has skeletons. I wonder if this picture book might help.

    Have a great reading week!

  5. Lots of really great looking books this week, thanks for all of the shares. A Drop of Hope is a cover I have seen but I did not know much about the book. I appreciated your description, I will check it out.

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