This was a strap it down and read week!
I read quite a bit of picture books, but didn't fit them all in on this post. Be sure to check out my Goodreads site for more!
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
This was a very sweet story about a special nighttime library. Who could not love a book that says, "And the little librarian and her three assistant owls helped each and every one find a perfect book!"
Alfie Runs Away by Kenneth M. Cadow
What drew me to this book was the illustrator - Lauren Castillo. Ever since I read Troublemaker, I've wanted to get my hands on more books by/illustrated by her. This book was cute, Alfie decides to run away because his mom wants to give away his favorite pair of shoes! Lucky for him, his mom helps him pack for this big trip away from home. :) Don't worry, Alfie doesn't get too far!
The Reader by Amy Hest
This book would be perfect to use with young readers to talk about what does it mean to be a reader? What characteristics do readers have? What is this reader doing that you envision for yourself as a reader?
The Tree House that Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg
My Goodreads Review: I loved the first page of this book that showed the biggest layout of the treehouse. I would have LOVED to have a treehouse as big as that, with multiple levels to play on and explore. It reminded me of the 13 Story Treehouse series. But kind of like that story, this book ended up being about something else besides the treehouse, even though it was the treehouse that drew me into reading the story. This book was about the animals, but I really wanted it to be about the treehouse.
Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian
Memoirs of a Goldfish was one of the first stories I used with reluctant readers when I started using texts instead of just intervention materials a few years ago. I loved that book and thought it was so original. The follow up, Memoirs of a Hamster, while laugh out loud funny is good, it doesn't quite catch the magic of the original. However, what I did like about this "sequel", is it had a different formula that the first. So often, the follow-up book just copies the original, but I'm glad this one was a little different. I loved Seymour and the evil Pearl (figures the villain is the cat, haha!).
Emily's Blue Period by Cathleen Daly
An absolutely amazing book that deals with divorce in a kid-view way. I think it's important that Emily still has other things that she concentrates on during this difficult time, even though her sub-conscious is clearly dealing with her parents' divorce. So many of us read books about families or have a family unit at the beginning of the year. This book is a very important book to include because this book is some of our kids.
Gifts from the Enemy by Trudy Ludwig
I'm beginning to think that Ludwig absolutely pours heart and soul into her books and then leaves them there! Her books are always so touching and rarely can you leave them after one sitting. This book is taken from a longer text about a Polish man who as a child was taken from his family and put in a camp. However, the big part of this story is the kindness he receives from a stranger, from someone unexpected.
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox
Again, I was drawn to this book because of the illustrator, Brian Floca. I'm a huge fan of his illustrations. Something about the soft colors, the not-real-but-not-comic people that he draws. This has a cute story about a very stubborn elephant seal to go along with the lovely illustrations!
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy Cavanaugh
I have been on a roll this summer reading fantastic middle grade books. This one is no exception! The most amazing part of this novel is the fact that entire thing is written in a "journal" that Ratchet has written. Each "chapter" is a writing exercise that Ratchet has completed. It moves the story forward without it every appearing to be a story. Beautifully done. Middle grade readers will relate and understand Ratchet.
Chained by Lynne Kelly
I chose this book to read because it's one of our 2015 Illinois Bluestem Nominee books and I am making it a goal to read all of them - as many as I can before school starts - by voting time. Mostly so I can talk about them and book talk them, of course!
This book took me a little bit to get into, but once I did, I was transported to India and was part of Hastin's and Nandita's world. It ended up being a beautiful story about human and animal nature, what is right/wrong with animal and children treatment and the human spirit. There were some heartbreaking and heartwarming moments.
I think fans of Ivan will really like this book!
Squish: Fear the Amoeba - Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
I really loved this Squish! Worried about seeing a scary movie? Not wanting to appear wimpy in front of your friends? Team Holm captured this perfectly!
Comic Squad Recess!
Wonderful compilation of short, graphic novel stories. So glad to see there will be more! And did you see the dedication?? To the #NerdyBookClub! That is awesome!
Earlier chapter books
Arnie the Doughnut and the Invasion of the Ufonuts by Laurie Keller
Probably not as clever as the first one, but I still really love Arnie! I really like that Keller includes little arrows on the talk bubbles so young readers will know the order to read them!
The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
Thoroughly enjoying this one!
Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok
I loved her Girl in Translation book. Looking forward to this one!
my PD books:
And what are you reading?