I have a feeling reading may slow down just a bit as I get ready to travel to D.C. for NCTE! This is my first NCTE and I'm really excited! Time to talk books and reading!
Looking back at my Goodreads page, I rated all of these books as 4 stars. Loved them all, nothing outstanding, but great book love!
Is There a Dog in This Book by Viviane Schwarz
Very cute story - much funnier than I thought it would be. The cats in the book discover there is a dog in the book, but (contrast and contradiction) they actually want to be friends with the dog (well, one cat needed some convincing). With interactive and perfectly placed flaps, young kids will really enjoy this book.
Pirate, Viking and Scientist by Jared Chapman
Another book took me by surprise. I thought it was a nonfiction book when I saw the title, but it's actually a story. The Scientist in the book tries out various hypotheses to test if he can get his friends, Pirate and Viking, to be friends. Love how the author uses the scientific method and vocabulary in the book.
Herman's Letter by Tom Percival
I loved the letters that were actually lift the flaps in this sweet story. The ending fell a bit short for me, it almost seemed a bit abrupt, but kids will love this story of friendship.
H.O.R.S.E. by Christopher Myers
Loved this trash-talking, back and forth banter between the 2 basketball players playing a game of H.O.R.S.E. Very reminiscent of the 1990s Michael Jordan-Larry Bird McDonalds commercials!
Who Needs a Prairie? by Karen Patkau
Great accessible text to teach the prairie ecosystem. Great photographs and well organized.
The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia McLachlan
Great introduction to Henri Matisse. I loved reading about where his inspiration came from and how he evolved from being a child who experimented with colors with his mom, to the artist he became.
The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill
It took me more than half of the book to get into it. I'm not sure why, because when I reflect on the book, it really is well written, the characters developed, and the story unfolds just right. For some reason, I couldn't get into it for awhile. I can see why this book has landed on many Newbery lists.
Currently Reading and On Deck
The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
Next up will be Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin.
Have a great reading week! Hope to see many of you at NCTE!