It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 2/3/14


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.

Recently, I did a lot of picture book reading but I decided to only post my favorites from the pile.  There are a couple that I will post on Wednesday for Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday.   

Here is what jumped out of the pile...


Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas (Toon Books Level 2) by Philippe Coudray (Toon Books, March 26, 2013) - This was a fun read. I love Toon Books and how they have created a graphic novel format for beginning readers.



Eat Like a Bear by April Pulley Sayre; Illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Henry Holt and Co., October 22, 2013) - I finally found this one.  Jenkins illustrations are wonderful.  Children learn about the seasonal needs of bears.



Come Back, Ben (I like to Read #174) by Ann Hassett, John Hassett (Holiday House, July 1, 2013) - This fun picture book/early reader show Ben going on an adventure while hanging from a balloon.  Loved the ending.


Run, Dog! by Cécile Boyer (Chronicle Books, March 11, 2014) - Add this to your TBR pile for March.  I love this very creative and artistic, nearly wordless story about a dog and a ball.



We're Going to the Farmer's Market by Stefan Page (Chronicle Books, March 4, 2014) - This Board Book comes out in March and takes young readers on a visit to a farmer's market.


I Didn't Do My Homework Because... by Benjamin Chaud; Illustrated by Davide Cali (Chronicle Books, March 4, 2014) - A very funny book on excuses for not doing homework coming in March from Chronicle.

So, what are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 1/20/14


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.

Last week, I did not get a chance to post my What are you reading? post.  This post looks at some of what I was reading over the last couple of weeks.  

Here is what jumped out of the pile...


What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, & Blessings by Joyce Sidman; Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (HMH Books for Young Readers, October 8, 2013) - A beautiful book of poetry.


What's Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle (Henry Hold and Co., Janaury 21, 2014)- This is an adorable book.  It is comprised of various illustrators answering the question "What's Your Favorite Animal?" This will make a great gift book.


The Big Wet Balloon: Toon Books by Liniers (Toon Books, September 10, 2013) - I love Toon Books early readers/graphic novels.  This one is about two sisters and a balloon.


Urgency Emergency! Big Bad Wolf by Dosh Archer (Albert Whitman & Co., September 1, 2013) - This early reader series is a lot of fun. A great read for 1st and 2nd graders.


How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson  (Henry Holt and Co., January 21, 2014) - A little along the lines of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"...and would make a fun read aloud to preschool and kindergarteners.


One Word that Will Change Your Life, Expanded Edition by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, Jimmy Page (Wiley, October 16, 2013) - I have noticed a number of Slice of Life Posts talking about One Word and wanted to check it out.  I enjoyed reading this and having been pondering what my "one word" would be.

So, what are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 1/6/14

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.

My second week of winter break found me reading & re-reading a stack of books for the award committee, but I did get a chance to read several nonfiction picture books (check in on Wednesday for some of those books) and below for the other books that popped out of the stack.

Here's what jumped out of the stack this past week...


Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Olympians #6) by George O'Connor (:01/First Second, December 31, 2013) - I love this series, and have waited so long for this one and it was over so soon.  Will need to read this one again.


Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat by Anna Branford (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, May 21, 2013) - This was a new chapter book series for me.


Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller (Henry Holt, 2003) - I figured I should read this one before reading Bowling Alley Bandit.  It was fun.


The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems by Lauren Myracle; Illustrated by Jed Henry (Dutton Juvenile, May 2, 2013) - This is a spin-off from Myracle's The Winne Years.  For fans of Stink (which is a spin-off of Judy Moody).

So, what are you reading?
 

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 12/30/13



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

I love when I have time to hang out in a bookstore and read a stack of picture books.  It only takes an hour or two to decompress from a crazy week if I can sit down and leisurely go through a pile of books.  For the past several months, I haven't had the luxury to even make it to the bookstore to look through books or to check out new releases like I usually do.  My first week of winter break has been wonderful and I have been trying to search out as many new picture books as I can. Just this weekend alone has uncovered some amazing gems.  I have listed my favorites below. 

Here's what jumped out of the stack this past week...


Please Bring Balloons by Lindsay Ward (Dial, October 17, 2013) - I think this is my new favorite picture book.  Last year, Ward's When Blue Met Egg ended up on my Best Picture Books for 2012.  If I had found this one sooner, it certainly would have made my list for this year.  Ward is a very talented cut-paper artist and her stories are charming.  Go out and find this one immediately and take time looking carefully at each page, especially the fold-out.  I need to thank the wonderful Bookseller at RJ Julia's who shared this one with me.


Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon (Roaring Brook Press, October 15, 2013) - Carrie Gelson shared this book in her End of the Year post, but I loved the review by her students.  Click here to read what they had to say.  I have a feeling Herman and Rosie would have ended up in my top picks if I read it earlier.


Love Monster by Rachel Bright (HarperCollins, May 25, 2012) - This one was recommended to me by one of the Booksellers at Books of Wonder.  It is a fun book and will be great at Valentine's. 


Building Our House by Jonathan Bean (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, January 8, 2013) - I have been looking for this one for months and Books of Wonder had it on display. I enjoyed this story of a young family that builds their own home.


Big Snow by Jonathan Bean (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, September 24, 2013) - I enjoyed reading several of Jonathan Bean's books while hanging out at Books of Wonder.  This one would be a fun read aloud about an impatient child, a very patient and understanding mom, and a snow storm.


Fraidyzoo by Thyra Heder (Abrams, November 5, 2013) - I discovered this one on the display shelves at RJ Julia's.  It's a fun story about how a family tries to help a young girl identify what she is afraid of at the zoo.  The illustrations are wonderful and it would be great for encouraging language as young children talk about the various animals.


The Man With the Violin by Kathy Stinson; Illustrated by Dusan Petricic (Annick Press, August 8, 2013) - Thank you Carrie Gelson for sharing this one is your End of the Year post.  I think Beth Shaum's review does a great job summing this one up.  Click here to read it and here to read her full review.  And click here for the book trailer.


How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens (Henry Holt and Co., October 1, 2013) - I love finding books that can be used for read alouds.  This one is definitely adorable and would be great for a kindergarten read aloud.

So, what are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? - From Picture Books to YA - 12/23/13

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

Here's what jumped out of the stack this past week...


Water Can Be... by Laurie Purdie Salas (Millbrook Press, April 1, 2014) - This follow up to A Leaf Can Be... is just as charming.  Put it on your "to-read" list for 2014.


Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman; Illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Viking Juvenile, October 3, 2013) - I finally found a copy of Ame's new book.  What a fun story, and I love bears.

 
Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue by Naoko Stoop (November 5, 2013, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) - For fans of the Red Knit Cap Girl, she is back and this time comes to the aid of a polar bear cub.


A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems (Disney-Hyperion, May 21, 2013) - I somehow missed this book when it came out earlier in the year but finally corrected that oversight.



Poppy the Pirate Dog by Liz Kessler; Illustrated by Mike Phillips (Candlewick Press, Auugust 27, 2013) - I always have my eye out for early readers.  This one was on the holiday recommendation table at Vroman's. It's a cute story.


Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee; Illustrated by Tony Fucile (Candlewick, April 23, 2013) - I had this on my radar earlier in the year and somehow missed it when it came out.  I had to buy it when I was hanging out at Vroman's this past week. And though I love Book 2 the best, I still adore Bink and Gollie.


Stop by later this week for my Nonfiction Picture Book 2013 wrap-up and see some of the titles I have been reading.

So, what are you reading?