It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers have adapted it to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.
Oh there are so many good picture books that have been coming out or about to come out. Here are some of my favorites from the past two weeks plus a few I missed at the end of last year.
Here is what jumped out of the pile this past week...
H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Imagination and Basketball by Christopher Myers; Narrated by Dion Graham (Live Oak Media, April 30, 2014) - I can see why this audiobook won an Odyssey.
Night Sky Dragons by Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham; Illustrated by Patrick Benson (Candlewick, October 14, 2014) - It was sad to learn recently of Mal Peet's death. Last year, I discovered this "series" of books by Peet and his wife Elspeth Graham. The illustrations are beautiful and the stories engaging.
The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure by Doreen Cronin; Illustrated by Kevin Cornell (Atheneum Books for Young Children, September 30, 2014) - Another fun installment with some of my favorite chickens.
Special Delivery by Philip C. Stead; Illustrated by Matthew Cordell (Roaring Brook Press, March 3, 2015) - Children will enjoy one little girl's adventure in trying to mail an elephant to her great-aunt. Chugga, chugga, chugga. Beans, beans, beans.
I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (Chronicle Books, March 31, 2015) - Another sweet feel good story by the team of Rosenthal & Lichtenheld.
Beach House by Deanna Caswell; Illustrated by Amy June Bates (Chronicle Books, May 12, 2015) - Beautiful illustrations and lively text.
How to Read a Story by Kate Messner; Illustrated by Mark Siegel (Chronicle Books, May 5, 2015) - An enjoyable and humorous lesson on how to read a story.
My Family Tree and Me by Dusan Petricic (Kids Can Press, April 1, 2015) - A creative way of looking at a child's family history on both sides of the family tree.
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson (Balzer & Bray, March 3, 2015) - Another illustrative masterpiece from Kadir Nelson with a message of kindness.
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries Four Families One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins; Illustrated by Sophia Blackall (Schwartz & Ward, January 27, 2015) - This book made me hungry and also appreciative of my Kitchenaid Mixer.
To the Sea by Cale Atkinson (Disney-Hyperion, May 19, 2015) - A sweet tale of friendship with charming illustrations.
If I Had a Triceratops by George O'Connor (Candlewick, February 10, 2015) - O'Connor has another story of the fun and challenges of having a pet dinosaur.
So, what are you reading?