#NFPB2019- August 7, 2019

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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.”

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- August 5, 2019

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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July Update
#NFPB2019- July 24, 2019

TrumanTruman by Jean Reidy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cute tale about a turtle who goes off on a quest to save his friend- a girl who unbeknownst to him just went to school.

Lubna and PebbleLubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A gentle story that reminds readers that even in dark moments, we all have the ability to shine a light.

A Stone Sat StillA Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A contemplative picture book about perspective- of what a thing is in a particular time and what it becomes over time through various lenses. A book worth rereading.

How to Walk an AntHow to Walk an Ant by Cindy Derby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A quirky tale about a young entrepreneur who gives her expert advice on what she does best- walk ants!

Kenny & the DragonKenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was absolutely charmed by this story. It’ll make for a nice read a loud at home or in the classroom. I love the lesson that just because something is different or misunderstood doesn’t make it a monster. I also like that it encourages creative problem solving.

Look Both WaysLook Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A collection of stories around the premise of what happens after school on a specific day. Fascinating pieces showcase different lives. I only wish the connecting factor was stronger or delivered a stronger, maybe even surprising, punch.

The Accomplice (Theodore Boone, #7)The Accomplice by John Grisham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If Encyclopedia Brown wanted to be a lawyer instead of a detective, he would be Theodore Boone. Both series have a small town feel to it although, admittedly, Grisham’s is a bit grittier. Even then, not by much. I’m kind of interested how long this series will go for.

Postern of Fate (Tommy and Tuppence, #5)Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The last Tommy and Tuppence mystery was also the last novel Agatha Christie wrote. A bit too meandering for my liking.

Curtain (Hercule Poirot, #42)Curtain by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodbye Poirot and Hastings! Even though I’ve read this a couple of times before, I was still surprised by the solution. And maybe because I was reading this after so many years, it seemed like a real goodbye.

Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple #13)Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Yay! The last Miss Marple! The story started out like it was going to be a whole other genre at first (like a supernatural thriller) but it reeled itself back and became a mystery. While supposing to be the final mystery featuring Miss Marple, this was written a couple decades ago so it almost read as an earlier case. Some of the reasons behind certain actions were hard to swallow.

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

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

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July Update

How is summer flying by so quickly?

I went to the Oregon Coast again for Fourth of July and had a great time visiting bookstores and libraries and beaches.

The bookstore I work at celebrated its 10-year anniversary. And I just celebrated 7 years there!

I decided to consider my Oregon Carnegie Libraries Challenge completed.

I changed my blog’s design up. I wanted to lighten it up a bit. I also decided to take down its Facebook page since I wasn’t really using it. I also deleted my personal Twitter account because (1) I was wasting too much time online in general and (2) it was getting a bit too toxic there for my taste.

I reached my goal of 200 volunteer hours for the year. I’m at 1600 soul boxes with the stretch goal of 2000.

I’m up to 395 books read for 2019. I’ve made so much progress with my Agatha Christie reading challenge that I’m hoping to complete it by mid-August.

Reading Challenges Update:
-Agatha Christie titles- 24 out of 26
-Nonfiction Picture Books- 68 out of 104
-Middle Grade & Early Chapter- 43 out of 104 (I may have overshot my expectations with this one. Plus I had other reading challenges that kind of took away from it.)

Everyone’s going through something. I know that that’s always been the case but sometimes like right now it’s more apparent. And “something” is usually negative or scary or causes major life disturbances. And, don’t even get me started on world issues when we’re all trying to just make it through the day ourselves. I hope if you’re in the position to give something of yourself to help others that you do so. And if you’re not, that’s OK, too. And give yourself a break. And I know it sounds a bit hollow without actions to prove it but know that you are loved and someone (like me!) is always rooting for you to get the best that life has to offer.

My Reading Week #IMWAYR- July 22, 2019

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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#NFPB2019- July 17, 2019

Small WorldSmall World by Ishta Mercurio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the circle of her mother’s arms when she was a baby to the other elaborate shapes found in nature that she observes as she gets older, Nanda’s world becomes more expansive that she could have imagined. A wonderful meditation in where we fit in in the big scheme of things.

How to Be on the MoonHow to Be on the Moon by Viviane Schwarz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A nice follow up to How to Find Gold. The two friends go off on another one of their imaginative adventures- this time to the moon with plenty of sandwiches.

Sadiq and the Fun RunSadiq and the Fun Run by Siman Nuurali
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A new early chapter book series featuring a Somali-American boy. Sadiq isn’t excited that his friends are allowed to be on the football team while he has to join the running team.

Sadiq and the Pet ProblemSadiq and the Pet Problem by Siman Nuurali
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A new early chapter book series featuring a Somali-American boy. Sadiq forms a club to help his class decide which pet to get.

Sadiq and the Green ThumbsSadiq and the Green Thumbs by Siman Nuurali
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A new early chapter book series featuring a Somali-American boy. Sadiq convinces his friends to help their injured teacher with some yard work. My favorite in the series so far since I love books about kindness.

The Next Great Paulie FinkThe Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This reminded me a bit of Stargirl (which I didn’t even like) because everyone was talking about this larger-than-life character who doesn’t show up during the first day of seventh grade. His classmates try to fill the void by holding a reality TV style competition to search for his replacement. Quirky characters and not your typical situations may be a bit much for some readers to really get into it but I found the story to be quite enjoyable. It has a great message of trying to figure out who you are by deciding what kind of person you want to be.

Other Words for HomeOther Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Novel in verse about a family separated due to violence in their home country. Jude and her mom must learn to adjust to their new, unfamiliar, strange, and confusing home in the US while her father and older brother stay behind.

Shouting at the RainShouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s a season of change for Delsie as summer brings in tourists from all over including one of her best friends, a new girl who causes a rift between the two friends, and a boy who has a bit of a wild side. A coming of age story that explores the complexities of family and friendship. I liked that the author has included an anagram puzzle involving the characters’ names!

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!

#NFPB2019- July 17, 2019

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IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for AllIntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All by Chelsea Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great book to start conversations about a big idea topic to kids- and very helpful for adults, too! Follows a group of kids and showcases how their lives are different based on race, religion, and many other factors but also how they’re there for one another. Extensive back matter includes prompts to get conversations going. Would make a great addition to any library.

Dream BigDream Big by Joyce Wan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A positive message about dreaming big that uses female trailblazers as inspiration. Includes mini biographies at the end of the oversized board book.

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- July 15, 2019

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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#NFPB2019- July 10, 2019
The Ultimate Library Adventure of Marley and Pearl: Exploring NYPL– I found some more pictures from this adventure!

Green Bean Books celebrated 10 years this past Tuesday! It was a super fun day. We had Napoleon the therapy alpaca come and Maggie Rudy unveiled a stunning diorama!

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Pie in the SkyPie in the Sky by Remy Lai
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of Front Desk and All Four Stars will enjoy this novel with some graphic novel elements about Jingwen and his family trying to settle in in their new home in Australia. Feeling like a Martian and still reeling from his father’s absence, he gets the idea that baking cakes will help solve his problems. A story that is sweet and salty like the caramel sauce his little booger of a brother enjoys.

The Pocket Pema ChodronThe Pocket Pema Chodron by Pema Chödrön
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My roommate suggested I read this treasury of selections from Pema Chodron’s works. Quick inspiring reads to hopefully get you to feel at peace.

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!