Monday, April 23, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA (21)

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Jen & Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts have adapted this to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.

Last week's book adventures:
I had one of those weeks were I am not certain where the week went and why I didn't have a chance to read a lot but there you have it - only 15 books (11 picture books, 2 early readers, 1 early chapter book, and 1 other).  And though I was surrounded by books and book people and book related activities at the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend, I never did get a chance to read.

Book Highlights from the Week:

The Obstinate Pen by Frank W. Dormer - This one was fun.  A pen that writes what it wants to write rather than what you want it to write. 


Wumbers by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld - More to come on this one.  I will be posting a review this week.


Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey, Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon - I wish I had read this one before Wednesday.  I would have added this to my baseball themed Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday.  Fun learning a little bit about Women's baseball in the late 1940's.




Neo Leo & Now and Ben by Gene Barretta - This series is very informative and well done.  One on Thomas Edison is coming this summer or fall.  I learned a lot reading both of these books.  I think 2nd graders on up will enjoy them.


Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O'Connor - Fancy Nancy is growing up and has become a detective.  For fans of the picture books, who are now ready for an early chapter book featuring their favorite character.


F in Exams: The Funniest Test Paper Blunders by Richard Benson - Not a kids book, but High School students and adults will enjoy this quick read of answers that people used on tests.


So, what are you reading this week?

 I am so hoping for a better reading week.  Wish me luck! 

10 comments:

  1. Hooray for Neo Leo and Now and Ben. I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Kirsten

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    1. They were really fun but very informative. So glad you shared them. Thanks!

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  2. Oh, the Baseball book looks interesting! I am a fan of Shana Corey, this is one I look forward to picking up! Shana Corey makes non-fiction so accesible for children, doesn't she? The cover and subject matter remind me of the 90's movie A League of Their Own!

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    1. I like the fictionalized story layered with all of the real facts. And she indicated that she was inspired by the movie A League of Their Own.

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  3. Just read about The Obstinate Pen in the SLJ. Looks really fun.
    LOVE Players in Pigtails, but, then again, I love all of Corey's books. They are so informative plus really fun to read.

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  4. the obsinate pen looks like a really cute book. i think f in exams looks hilarious, too. i used to write the strangest things in my tests when i didn't know the answers. :)

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  5. I put Players in Pigtails on my TBR recently, but haven't gotten to it yet. Hopefully soon! And this is the first I've heard of Nancy Clancy. I'll need to check that out!

    Maria @novalibrarymom.com

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  6. A great list! I love Players in Pigtails- I was always fascinated by the woman's baseball league.

    F in Exams sounds so funny!!!

    Happy reading this week :)

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  7. All of these look like fun! I think the only one I have read is the Fancy Nancy chapter book. I thought it was really cute. I'm glad she is growing up with her readers! :) Busy weekends are always fun but it does make it hard to get lots of reading in. :(

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    1. My next several weekends are packed. My reading time is going to get severely impacted. :-(

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