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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2018- May 30, 2018

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Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the WorldWater Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World by Christy Hale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Simple yet fun with flaps to reveal opposite bodies of water and land. A foldout at the back includes a map with examples of each.

Inky's Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way HomeInky’s Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home by Sy Montgomery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Learn about the fascinating lives of octopus in this picture book based on a true story. A curious young octopus gets injured and then taken to an aquarium. Readers will be intrigued with how he manages to escape. Eight fun facts about octopus are included in the back matter.

Sylvia's Bookshop: The Story of Paris's Beloved Bookstore and Its Founder (As Told by the Bookstore Itself!)Sylvia’s Bookshop: The Story of Paris’s Beloved Bookstore and Its Founder by Robert Burleigh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A picture book biography of Sylvia Beach, a voracious reader who opened the world-famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. Includes mini bios of other literary figures that have passed through the store.

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Reviews: Jacqueline Woodson’s Upcoming Books

Jacqueline Woodson is the latest National Ambassador for Young People Literature. You can read about it here.

She has two great books coming out that you should definitely read. Both publishes August 28th, 2018.

THE DAY YOU BEGIN

With lyrical text and vibrant art, The Day You Begin is a celebration of connection with others once you muster up the courage to set things in motion. This picture book captures perfectly the sense of not belonging we’ve all felt at one point or another in our lives (at school or at an unfamiliar environment) and how we then found ourselves being part of something special (with family, friends, or an entire community.) It’s a lesson we need to constantly re-learn.

HARBORME

Her first middle grade novel since Brown Girl Dreaming, Harbor Me is a beautiful book of friendships forged during troubled times, a reminder that life may break your heart but, more importantly, it can show you how to mend it together again.

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The Day You Begin and Harbor Me will have readers contemplating Jacqueline Woodson’s platform as ambassador- “Reading = Hope X Change”- and, ultimately, have them figure out what equations they have guiding their own lives and maybe come up with solutions to problems they want to solve.

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2018- May 16, 2018

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The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration FoundationThe Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation by Kate Messner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The cover art (and the illustrations throughout) is eye-catching and will have anyone picking up the book. The story is an inspiring account of how one person saw a problem affecting something he loved and worked about to find a solution even if he wasn’t quite sure it would work.

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- May 14, 2018

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
May’s Picture Book of the Month- Part 2

A Stone for SaschaA Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aaron Becker works his wordless wonder once again this time tackling loss and history in a tale that will stay with readers even after the last page.

Night OutNight Out by Daniel Miyares
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lonely boy gets a mysterious invitation that has him going on a nocturnal adventure. Sparse text but wonderful illustrations.

Tilly and TankTilly and Tank by Jay Fleck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t find this preachy at all. A sweet story about an unexpected encounter between an elephant and a tank and a misunderstanding between the two that can make them friends or enemies.

One of a KindOne of a Kind by Chris Gorman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A celebration of being oneself and how finding a tribe of your own kind can lead into something special.

Today I'll Be a UnicornToday I’ll Be a Unicorn by Dana Simpson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Answers the question, “Wouldn’t it be cool to be a unicorn?” Funny, quick read like the graphic novels but in a cute board book version.

PearlPearl by Molly Idle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Keep an eye out on this gorgeously illustrated book about how responsibility- no matter how small- can be rewarding and lead to something beautiful.

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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May’s Picture Book of the Month- Part 2

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As part of my Commitment to Literacy: Picture Book It challenge, I wanted to spotlight one book that I’m completely in love with. Throughout the month, I’ll do multiple posts based on the book. I hope you will end up picking up the book and joining in on the conversation.

Previous posts:
All posts pertaining to January, February, March, and April’s Picture Book of the Month picks have been archived over at Picture Book It.
May’s Picture Book of the Month Announcement

May’s Picture Book of the Month is Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love.

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This week I wanted to share Jessica Love’s interview for Matthew Winner’s The Children’s Book Podcast.

She goes into her background, how the story came about, and shares some pretty cool process information about the artwork for her book. It definitely made me take a second look at the illustrations again and was amazed by the details.

I was really impressed by Matthew’s interviewing skills as well. His passion about books and everything kidlit is evident and contagious. His reaction to Julián Is a Mermaid is how I imagine everyone else who has read it feels about it also. I know it was mine.

Discussion
Have you listened to Jessica Love’s episode? What are some of your favorite episodes from The Children’s Book Podcast? What are some other kidlit podcasts that you enjoy listening to?

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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2018- May 9, 2018

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Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America's First BookmobileLibrary on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s First Bookmobile by Sharlee Glenn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved reading about the female librarian who persisted in starting the first bookmobile to make sure everyone had the opportunity to get books. The whole early days of libraries and librarianship had always fascinated me. Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted all the services libraries offer. With a fascinating well-researched story and photographs, this was a great read. Bibliophiles and library lovers will want this on their shelves.

I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography of a HeroI Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography of a Hero by Brad Meltzer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was interested when I saw there was a graphic biography version of this title in the Ordinary People Change the World series. This time around, twenty-four graphic novel illustrators lend a hand in telling Gandhi’s story. I’m interested to see if the text is similar to the picture book version. Plus, I would have appreciated it more if the artist’s names were included with their illustrations rather than just included by their bio. (What was cool though was they gave their royalties to benefit Seeds of Peace, a non-profit organization.)

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- May 7, 2018

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
May’s Picture Book of the Month– Read my review of Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love.

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Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of ShapesCrescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes by Hena Khan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fantastic companion to Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns but this time focusing on shapes as well as a glimpse into the Muslim/Islam life. Beautifully illustrated. Includes a glossary.

The FuneralThe Funeral by Matt James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At first I thought this was going to be kind of morbid but I felt this was actually a nice way to capture what a child may experience who hasn’t been to a funeral before and isn’t quite sure what it whole entails.

SquareSquare by Mac Barnett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another surefire hit from this duo. Square is mistaken for a genius by his friend Circle. She asks him if he can make a sculpture of her- and is instantly plagued with self-doubt once he accepts. A surprisingly deep book about letting go of perfection to open up to surprising possibilities.

Anne's NumbersAnne’s Numbers by Kelly Hill
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m always wary when anything Anne-related is released in the world because I’m worried they’ll tarnish the character and the magic everything-ness of the books and the stories. But these board books are cute enough. I do prefer Anne’s Colors more though.

Anne's ColorsAnne’s Colors by Kelly Hill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m always wary when anything Anne-related is released in the world because I’m worried they’ll tarnish the character and the magic everything-ness of the books and the stories. But these board books are cute enough. I do prefer Anne’s Colors more though.

Smash 2: FearlessSmash 2: Fearless by Chris A. Bolton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of the first book in this series will gobble up this long-awaited sequel about a boy who ends up absorbing his superhero idol’s powers. But after the incidents with the bad guy last time, he finds himself occasionally losing his power and is constantly afraid of getting beaten. Now there are more villains to battle- and school work to tackle. Very fun for comic book fans.

Louisiana’s Way HomeLouisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kate DiCamillo returns with another winning middle grade novel and brings back characters from Raymie Nightingale but this time focusing on Louisiana Elefante and her grandmother.

They end up leaving Florida- and everything and everyone Louisiana has grown attached to- in the middle of the night to escape a family curse and find themselves in a small Georgia town. There, Louisiana learns that sometimes it takes losing almost everything to find where one truly belongs.

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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