#Road2Reading Challenge: What I wish I was reading!

Every school year starts off at a fast pace but this year has been a bit crazier than the past few years. As a result, my reading life has take a hit. I have been longing to read these four books and have them in a neat stack on the coffee table where I can glance at them longingly. Hopefully you have a bit more time and can add these 4 books to your "to read list". 


My Weird School: Class Pet Mess! by Dan Gutman; Illustrated by Jim Paillot (June 20th 2017 by HarperCollins)


Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy by Laurel Snyder; Illustrated by Emily Hughes (October 3rd 2017 by Chronicle Books)


The Princess in Black: Mysterious Playdate by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale; Illustrated by LeUyen Pham (September 5th 2017 by Candlewick Press)


The Adventures of Caveboy by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; Illustrated by Eric Wight (August 29th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens)


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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: What I am Reading? - August 23, 2017

With a super busy start of the school year, I haven't had the chance to do as much nonfiction reading as I would like. However, here are a few titles that I was able to read recently. 


Let's Investigate With Nate: The Water Cycle by PBS Host Nate Ball; Illustrated by Wes Hargis (Published August 1st 2017 by HarperCollins)

Here is an interior shot of the first Nate book:


Let's Investigate With Nate: The Solar System by PBS Host Nate Ball; Illustrated by Wes Hargis (Published August 1st 2017 by HarperCollins)

This series by Nate Ball can be read once through with the dialogue bubbles and then with the text. 


Hidden Dangers: Seek and Find 13 of the World's Deadliest Animals by Lola M. Schaefer; Illustrated by Tymn Armstrong (August 8th 2017 by Chronicle Books) - I don't have an interior image of this book, but I love the illustrations in the book and I am thinking about ways to use this as a mentor text. 


Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre (August 29th 2017 by Beach Lane Books) 


The third book in this series is the follow up to Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow.  Though I loved the first two books, this may just be my favorite because I love fall. 


Engineered! Engineering Design at Work by Shannon Hunt; Illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock (September 5th 2017 by Kids Can Press)


This book is busy and has a lot of text and illustrations making it a great book for pairs or trios of children to share and discuss as they linger on individual pages. 

Look for all of these titles at your local indie bookstore or community library. 

 Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Upcoming Releases

As part of the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge, one of my favorite things is to round-up as many new quality nonfiction books for children about once a month to share them with readers of this blog.  Some months, I miss the release of books and add them to the next month's post.  Since I have not seen every book listed, I cannot always confirm if they are truly a nonfiction book or more of an informational fiction text or a bit of historical fiction.  Here are some that I am looking forward to reading.

Previous Nonfiction Release Post: January | February | March | April | June

Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call by Mary Ann Fraser (August 15th 2017 by Charlesbridge Publishing)

I Like the Farm by Shelley Rotner (August 15th 2017 by Holiday House)

John Deere, That's Who! by Tracy Nelson Maurer; Illustrated by Tim Zeltner (March 28th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.)

Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing by Leda Schubert; Illustrated by Raúl Colón (June 13th 2017 by Roaring Brook Press)

The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Larsen; Illustrated by Katty Maurey (August 15th 2017 by Owlkids)

Newton's Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist by Kathryn Lasky; Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (April 18th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The Quest for Zee: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon by Greg Pizzoli (June 13th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers)

Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee! by Andrea J. Loney; Illustrated by Keith Mallett (June 15th 2017 by Lee & Low Books)


Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared by Alison Wilgus; Illustrated by Molly Brooks (May 23rd 2017 by First Second)

Science Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield by Falynn Koch (August 29th 2017 by First Second)

Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth by Don Tate (August 22nd 2017 by Charlesbridge Publishing)

What Makes a Monster: Discovering the World's Scariest Creatures (The World of Weird Animals) by Jess Keating; Illustrated by David DeGrand (August 8th 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Wolf Pups Join the Pack by American Museum of Natural History (June 6th 2017 by Sterling Children's Books)

The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter (August 22nd 2017 by Beach Lane Books)

Look for these at your local indie bookstore or community library. 

 Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017