Small amount of reading this week as I'm gearing up to head to WDW to run 19.3 "happy" miles through Magic Kingdom and EPCOT!
Shoot.... I wrote that a couple of weeks ago.... then never had the time to hit the publish button. And now it's a couple of weeks later. I really became a "reading in the edges" reader lately. So busy, but I read here and there. I finally have the time to share a few reading treasures! Here's 3 weeks of reading!
Finding Spring by Carin Berger
I know how Maurice the cub feels in this books. He's looking for signs of spring when he's supposed to be hibernating. I think I'm supposed to be hibernating until spring gets here! Too much winter.
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
I know a bunch of kids are going to be excited to see this book after loving Press Here and Mix It Up! Glad I found this book through other Monday bloggers!
Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall
Loved this story! I wasn't sure what to expect - was it going to be similar to The Day the Crayon's Quit? This is an original story that teaches so much. It's going to be a great story to share and talk about.
Up in the Garden Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
Over and Under the Snow is a book I enjoy sharing in the winter time. There is always amazement and interest in what really lives in the snow. I was looking forward to this follow up, and it didn't disappoint. Although, now I'm really going to clean my garden vegetables a bit more! We were fortunate enough to Skype with Kate Messner this week and my favorite author's story from this book is Kate sharing how she would lay down in her garden to get close to the dirt and see and hear what was happening!
Special Delivery by Philip C. Stead
I must've had an interesting voice going when I read the post master's voice because my daughter said she pictured him having tattoos under his shirt! That's the beauty of read alouds. I love what they can spark in little minds. This book begs to be read aloud and shared. It's fun and Matthew Cordell's illustrations kept me going back to pages.
A Poem in Your Pocket by Margaret McNamara
I think young readers are going to enjoy this book, but I loved the ideas it subtly showed - hanging pockets of poems around school. This will be a great book to use in April!
What's Great About Illinois? by Kristin Marciniak
Do you have a primary or elementary class that needs books to study the states? This new series from Lerner will be a great addition. Basic information, not a lot of extra thrown in which is good for young readers. Newer photographs and good informational text features.
The Shadow King by Jennifer Nielson
I'm really going to miss Sage and everyone. He's turned into one of my favorite characters. I always enjoyed the spunk, creative thinking and goodness in his character.
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John
This is going to be an easy series to sell to kids. Miles and Niles are fun, witty and make you chuckle.
I've seen Mack and Jory banter together a couple of times and it made this book come alive. I can hear their voices in Miles and Niles. The back and forth, the good guy/bad guy. I think the two of them should be the narrators for the audio book!
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen
I enjoyed the first book to the new series by Nielsen. It's a new setting, new problems, new twists, new characters. I can see this new protagonist, Nic, being friends with Sage.
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
I love Allen's books. The happy magic, the magic that feels right. All of her books have some, but this one is probably my favorite. I loved the characters, especially the teenage girl, Bay. If you're looking for some light, heartwarming adult reads, check out Sarah Addison Allen.
Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai
I am loving this book. Mai's voice is spot on.
The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold
I'm starting the next installment of Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles, Mightier Than the Sword.
Lots of other kid lit in the pile. Not sure what will be first!