Glamourpuss by Sarah Weeks
Glamourpuss is a diva among cats, but what happens when the diva of dogs shows up? After some jealous moments, Glamourpuss learns you can be a diva and a friend. Cute story.
Just a Duck? by Carin Bramsen
Young readers will enjoy this story. The illustrations are beautiful.
I Don't Like Koala by Sean Ferrell
I read a copy of this book at ALA. It is very funny... because the koala is creepy! Kind of reminded me of a creepy Furby!
Publishes April 14
Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio
Love love this book. So many laugh out loud moments!
Publishes September 1
Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
Gorgeous book and heartwarming story. I think if you like Beekle, you will like this one! So glad Jen Vincent had me read this book!
Publishes March 24
Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato
Dang, I love that little elephant!
Publishes October 6
Transitional Chapter Books
Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant
I have no idea how I missed this book last year. Thrilled that Mr. Putter got some recognition by the Geisel committee! This is a great book in the series and it carries some serious book love within the story!
Owl Diaries: Eva's Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott
I love what Scholastic Branches series is doing for young readers. While not being the most amazing contribution to children's literature, it is giving young, transitional readers something to read! Bright illustrations and told as a diary, young readers will enjoy meeting Eva.
Stella By Starlight by Sharon Draper
Loved this story for several reasons
1. It is wonderful historical fiction. The setting of the story is important. The social unjust that occurred in the 1930s, including the Ku Klux Klan, are extremely important to the story. But what I love about good historical fiction, is that it doesn't take over the story. This book was no exception.
2. I love the relationship between Stella and her mom. When I met Sharon Draper last weekend, she told me it was a great mother-daughter read aloud. Now I know why! The love and compassion and respect between Stella and her mom is heartwarming.
3. I love watching Stella grow as a writer. I understand Stella's feelings and worries and concerns. I love seeing her work and try at something that didn't feel comfortable to her.
pg. 180 "Stella wondered how silence could be so loud."
pg. 193 "Is it possible to be scared and brave at the same time?"
pg. 201 "Sometimes bravery is just doin' what you gotta do."
the line that made me LOL pg. 240 "It's colder than a billy goat's butt today."
And my favorite part. Stella is typing her "newspaper" (grammatical and spelling mistakes are taken from the text. The scratched out errors from the text have been omitted here):
pg. 263-264 "Some people have the gift of writing i think I must of been sleep when that gift was given out. I wonder how people who write real good know what to say. Im not even sure why I keep writing. Maybe I should just stick to reading. I like the way books smell. I gues that is strange. The pages feel good as I turn them."
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John
What are you reading?