My Reading Week #IMWAYR- June 31, 2019

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

Recent Posts:
June Update
#NFPB2019- June 26, 2019

Welcome Home: Where Nature's Most Creative Creatures DwellWelcome Home: Where Nature’s Most Creative Creatures Dwell by Lisa Mundorff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A playful book that takes where animals live and depicts it literally.

Bruce's Big Fun Day (World of Reading Level 1)Bruce’s Big Fun Day by Ryan T. Higgins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bruce and friends will be getting new fans with this early reader.

Little Lunch: Triple TreatsLittle Lunch: Triple Treats by Danny Katz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not quite sure how I felt about this book. I laughed at certain parts. There was an overall feel of things not quite meshing. But I think kids who enjoyed The 13-Story Treehouse will enjoy this series also from Australia where snack time or recess is called “little lunch.”

A Place to BelongA Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Powerful. Moving. I didn’t really know about Japanese internment camps until a few years ago and I think more people need to learn about them. There’s so many good things about this book that I can’t really process it all yet but I love the grandparents. I wish there’ll be a sequel to this. One of my Newbery picks for 2019.

Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and BadKeep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Quick bite sized advice to inspire.

For my Reading the Rainbow BINGO Reading Challenge

Antonio's Card/La tarjeta de AntonioAntonio’s Card/La tarjeta de Antonio by Rigoberto González
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bilingual English/Spanish. A boy feels embarrassed about his mom’s partner, Leslie, who his classmates make fun of for looking like a guy and dresses in messy paint-splattered overalls. When Mother’s Day comes, will he be too embarrassed to show the two women in his life how important they are to him?

A Church for AllA Church for All by Gayle E. Pitman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Simple text celebrates a Sunday morning session based on the inclusive Glide church in San Francisco.

When We Love Someone We Sing to Them: Cuando Amamos CantamosWhen We Love Someone We Sing to Them: Cuando Amamos Cantamos by Ernesto Javier Martínez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bilingual English/Spanish. A sweet story about a boy finding the perfect song to sing for another boy.

I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in LettersI Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters by Bayard Rustin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

More people need to know about Bayard Rustin, a gay African-American activist who played a role in practically every major Civil Rights Movement events. Through his correspondences, we learn about his beliefs. A great example of a flawed individual who did great good things.

Review Notes
***= Liked It
****= 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!

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

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June Update

I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year. There’s been good days and bad days, for sure. And, I’m grateful for all the good things. And, I’ve been taking comfort in the saying that “This, too, shall pass.”

Of course, June was all about Pride. While I didn’t go to the Parade, I did try and support LGBTQ owned businesses. The big thing was doing the Reading the Rainbow BINGO with my friend. And I was glad to have completed it! I read some great books, watched some great shows and documentaries, and attended wonderful events.

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I also completed my Jane Austen Reading Challenge.

I’m up to 185 hours of volunteering including helping out Write Around Portland at Oregon Public House again. And I reached my goal of folding 1,000 boxes for the Soul Box Project. I’m thinking of going for 2,000 including the ones I made last year and I’m currently at 1475 boxes.

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I went to Hood River and visited bookstores and crossed off the library there for my Oregon Carnegie Libraries Challenge. While I’m only three away from completing it, this may actually be all that I can do since the rest are super far away.

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I also visited The Bookmobile Babe, an up and coming literacy nonprofit in Portland, Oregon. They set up at a park to give books to kids- from babies to teens. I donated a couple of picture books because I’m always excited when people want to make the world better with books!

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Speaking of donating books, I finally dropped off the books from my Birthday Book Drive to the Children’s Book Bank!

I also reached 200 likes on this blog’s Facebook page!

I’m up to 345 books read for 2019.

Reading Challenges Update:
-Agatha Christie titles- 20 out of 26
-Nonfiction Picture Books- 60 out of 104
-Middle Grade & Early Chapter- 28 out of 104

I’m looking forward to do a Mid-Year Review. I’m hoping it’ll give me a necessary kick in the pants since I like lists and I like being productive. I created a process for the journaling crowd that I’m excited to implement.

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Some other things I’m looking forward to is that I booked a mini vacation during Fourth of July weekend and my work is celebrating 10 years!

What are your summer plans?

#NFPB2019- June 26, 2019

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We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights LeadersWe Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders by Harry Belafonte
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A slew of illustrators choose quotes from various inspiring people and shares a bit about them and why the words matter to them.

Queer Heroes: Meet 52 LGBTQ Heroes From Past and Present!Queer Heroes: Meet 52 LGBTQ Heroes From Past and Present! by Arabelle Sicardi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A collection of mini biographies of LGBTQ individuals who’ve changed the world. A great book to have because sometimes people never get to know about these people.

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- June 24, 2019

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

Recent Posts:
#NFPB2019- June 19, 2019

Chirri & Chirra, UndergroundChirri & Chirra, Underground by Kaya Doi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another delightful installment of this Japanese export where the girls find themselves having an underground adventure full of surprises and new friends.

Where Are You From?Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For fans of Islandborn and How Alma Got Her Name, this picture book explores the rich history of a little girl’s life of where she came from.

The HideoutThe Hideout by Susanna Mattiangeli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book is like Where the Wild Things Are meets What Do You Do with an Idea? A little girl decides to hide away with a mysterious creature and it’s a surprising discovery of where she’s been.

For my Reading the Rainbow BINGO Reading Challenge

A Plan for PopsA Plan for Pops by Heather Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A boy spends Saturdays with a set of grandparents- his two grandfathers- who have different personalities. When something happens to one of them, he tries to come up with a plan to cheer him up.

Some Men - Acting EditionSome Men – Acting Edition by Terrence McNally
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A humorous and sometimes tragic play that follows different groups of gay men in different time periods.

All Its CharmsAll Its Charms by Keetje Kuipers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes poetry puts me off but this one was very approachable. From becoming a single mother to finding new love with another woman and trying to have another child, these poems offer a personal insight to her life.

An Underground Life:  Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi BerlinAn Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin by Gad Beck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an interesting- and surprisingly funny- memoir of surviving Nazi Germany. Some things sounded a bit made up like he was some sort of gay James Bond. It was amazing how bad things escalated and eerie how similar certain situations are now to back then. I wonder if there’s a hidden second part to this memoir about life after their freedom.

Review Notes
***= Liked It
****= 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!

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

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#NFPB2019- June 19, 2019

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Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to RememberNever Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember by Steve Jenkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Steve Jenkins is truly a master in writing animal nonfiction picture books in a very engrossing way. Includes additional information about each creature in the backmatter.

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- June 17, 2019

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

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#NFPB2019- June 12, 2019

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the SkyAunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sister gets separated from her brother and is helped by Harriet Tubman. Readers will learn about this iconic hero while engrossed in the siblings’ story.

This Was Our PactThis Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The must read graphic novel of the summer starts off like with a realistic premise of a group of boys out to see whether a fantastical story they’ve heard all their lives is true or not and then veers off into Miyazaki/ Studio Ghibli territory! What I also liked is that this was pretty substantial text-wise.

The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to RememberThe World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you need a pick me up, make sure to have a copy of this book- a collection of insights from everyone’s favorite and friendliest neighbor. The audiobook has sound clips of some of his words and otherwise read by a few celebrities.

For my Reading the Rainbow BINGO Reading Challenge

I Love My Colorful NailsI Love My Colorful Nails by Alicia Acosta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another one of those picture books that I wish were better written because we need more stories like this.

Phoenix Goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse ChildrenPhoenix Goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children by Michelle Finch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish there was more to this picture book because stories like this needs to be read.

The Other BoyThe Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m glad I finally picked up this middle grade novel about a character transitioning from the body he was born with to the person he was meant to be. Portrays realistic struggles of the process. In addition to that, someone is outing him in school. A compelling read that’s not sensationalized or anything.

Honor Girl: A Graphic MemoirHonor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve put off reading this graphic novel because I wasn’t a fan of the artwork. And I admit as much as I try to read lots of LGBTQ books, I tend to mostly read books with gay stories. But for my Reading the Rainbow Reading Challenge, I wanted to make sure I read not only a variety of styles but also various viewpoints within the LGBTQ spectrum. This coming of age story is sweet and funny perfect for fans of Telgemeier’s Drama and Brosgol’s Be Prepared.

DeadEndia: The Watcher's TestDeadEndia: The Watcher’s Test by Hamish Steele
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At first, I thought this was based on a show on Cartoon Network because of the animation. This wild ride of a graphic novel features a trans main character living in a Dollywood-inspired theme park that’s also a portal to the many levels of Heaven and Hell. It’s a time of changes for Barney when he develops a crush on his fellow co-worker and has to take care of his currently possessed dog while battling the underworld.

We're Still Here: An All-Trans Comics AnthologyWe’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology by Tara Madison Avery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This graphic novel anthology features a variety of stories by trans creators. I was super thrilled to see my friend’s name in the list of Kickstarter contributors who helped fund this project.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss ChroniclesExit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was familiar with Snagglepuss from the Saturday morning cartoons I grew up watching. This sort of works as a reimagined prequel where he’s gay and being accused of being a Communist. I’m kind of curious to read Mark Russell’s take on the Flinstones.

Bingo Love Volume 1: Jackpot EditionBingo Love Volume 1: Jackpot Edition by Tee Franklin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a delightful find- a lesbian love story featuring people of color in their later years. The edition includes other comics contribution featuring other aspects of the characters’ lives. Plus, there’s a preview of the next volume that comes out next year.

Anything That LovesAnything That Loves by Charles “Zan” Christensen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was glad to find this graphic novel for my LGBTQ Reading Challenge since it’s an anthology about the bi experiences by bi people. It was interesting to see the backlash they get from straight and gay communities. While I appreciated this collection, there were some works which didn’t seem to fit and some that could have been proofread first.

Review Notes
***= Liked It
****= 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!

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

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#NFPB2019- June 12, 2019

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Hello, World! Moon LandingHello, World! Moon Landing by Jill McDonald
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hello World! is a board book series that introduces the youngest readers to nature and science concepts. Colorful images and question prompts are mixed in with the story text. This one is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

For my Reading the Rainbow BINGO Reading Challenge

The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the StreetsThe Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets by Gayle E. Pitman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful book that’s sort of like a museum with artifacts about Stonewall and the LGBTQ movement. A great book to have and full of people that readers may want to learn more about.

Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall EraLove and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era by Jason Baumann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to visit the exhibit that accompanied this book when I was in New York. This makes for a nice coffee table book.

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