Thanks to Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts for this meme!

I don’t think I’ve been sharing my monthly recaps but here’s a reading one. In 2023, I’ve read 142 books so far.

The breakdown is:
5- Adult novel
3- Adult non-fiction
13- Graphic novels
24- Middle Grade novels
94- Picture Books and Board Books
3- Young Adult novels
of which
25- Nonfiction Picture Books
14- Audio Books
5- Books by Filipino Authors and/or Illustrators
6- Book by LGBTQ+ Authors and/or Illustrators

How to Write a PoemHow to Write a Poem by Kwame Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautiful book to read, to read aloud, and to share. The text and illustrations are perfect together.

Fish and CrabFish and Crab by Marianna Coppo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cute book dealing with nighttime anxieties.

BridgesBridges by Marc Majewski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love bridges so was pleasantly surprised to see this book and I had to read it right away. Of course, I enjoyed it and I want to visit all these bridges!

A Friend for HenryA Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Henry may be different but his experiences will be relatable to so many of his readers as he tries to find a friend.

Henry, Like AlwaysHenry, Like Always by Mika Song
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A begining chapter book spinoff series of the picture book A Friend for Henry. Readers will welcome getting to know a boy who’s on the autism spectrum as he tries to deal with a sudden change in his school routine.

Be the Bus: The Lost  Profound Wisdom of The PigeonBe the Bus: The Lost Profound Wisdom of The Pigeon by Mo Willems
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s mind boggling to think that some of the kids who the original Pigeon book was read to are parents now. This would be a great gift for them.

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Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!


3 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- April 3, 2023

  1. Like Vidya, I loved Kwame Alexander’s How to Write a Poem, too. I love bridges also, Earl, will try to find the book. Congrats on all the books read so far. You are doing great! Have a good week ahead!

  2. Thanks for the heads up about Be the Bus: The Lost & Profound Wisdom of The Pigeon. I remember reading those first pigeon books to my sons when they were younger. And now, they both have children of their own.

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