Books featured in this episode:
Dog Man #1 by Dav Pilkey
Roll With It by Jamie Sumner
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
The One Night Stand Before Christmas by Jana Aston
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey
P Is for Pterodactyl by Raj Haldar
Unwrapped by Callie Harper (Erotica)
Stocking stuffers (So Over the Holidays, #1) by Erin McLellan (Erotica)
Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera (Erotica)
Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
Crowded, Volume 1 (Graphic Novel)
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa dela Cruz
Books featured in this post:
The Sad Little Fact by Jonah Winter (Picture book)
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson (Picture book)
This Is a Serious Book by Jodie Parachini (Picture book)
Life by Cinthia Rylant (Picture book)
Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern
Acquicorn Cove by Katie O'Neill (Graphic Novel)
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Jackpot by Nic Stone
Chosen by Kiersten White
Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova
Antoni In the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski (cookbook)
One Day In December by Josie Silver
OOMMGG! Everyone who lives in Austin needs to read this book! Actually, EVERYONE needs to read this book. Such a beautiful story of Barbara Jordan and her persistence, all because of her great and booming voice. As an African-American girl from Houston she broke many barriers by going to law school, being on the Texas State Senate, and eventually the US Congress. Barbara Jordan fought for civil rights by giving a voice to those who could not speak for themselves.
The Book Tree is a fun story about what can happen when all books are taken away. Arlo accidentally drops a book on the mayor of his town's head while he is reading in a tree and as a result, the mayor takes all of the books in town and tears them up into tiny pieces. One tiny piece is all that is left of them and Arlo watches it get buried in the dirt.
Arlo observes his town fall apart as there are no books left. There are no cookbooks, so the restaurant can only serve dry cereal, the actors at the theatre have no plays to act out, and the library-Arlo's favorite place in town-is completely empty. Finally, Arlo decides to write his own stories and grow his own book tree. Arlo saves the town as it flourishes once again thanks to books!
This book is gorgeous! The illustrations are like I've never seen before as they are whimsical and the people are not drawn as "white." I really enjoyed this picture book and I think that it will be welcome in all libraries. It would be especially fun to read during Banned Books Week in September.
The Book Tree will be published September 30, 2018 by Barefoot Books.
Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey is a super cute, rhyming story about a pug who doesn't like to share. He eventually learns why sharing is important in a very funny way.
Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey is another great, rhyming story about Pig's need to win everything and cheating. It teaches kids how mean cheating is and how it affects others.
I'll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony is precious! My favorite story of the day shows many animals asking Mr. Panda what he is baking with his repeated response to wait and see, but each animal is impatient and leaves. Each time this happens, the little penguin stands by and says, "I'll wait, Mr. Panda." and is rewarded for his patience. LOVED IT!
A Bike Like Sergio's by Maribeth Boelts teaches kids about honesty. The main character, Ruben, is very aware that his family is not like his friend, Sergio's family. Sergio has a bike that he rides to and from school everyday while Ruben walks because his family cannot afford one. One day after school, Ruben goes to the grocery store for his mom and finds a one hundred dollar bill on the street after it hsa fallen out of a woman's bag. He goes back and forth between returning it or keeping it and buying himself a bike, but in the end, he must decide for himself what he will do.
I loved this story and how it illustrated the inner turmoil that Ruben goes through and many of us do as well at some point in our lives.
Final book haul! Schlastic rewards their volunteers with books. I am so excited about Aru Shah and Refugee!
This evening I volunteered at a Scholastic Book Fair and was able to read a few picture books pictured below. They were so fun and refreshing to read!
The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems stays true to the fun that is the Pigeon. While readers already know that the Pigeon is a stinker, now he really stinks! The reader must convince the Pigeon to take a bath and see how it turns out for him. When he is in the bathtub, pay close attention to see some familiar friends!
The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Dewalt is SO MUCH FUN to read! The three main characters are tired of being victorious in every battle that they enter in to and each go on a quest to find a worthy rival. It is an overall fun story that shows where our tie-breaking game comes from.
This Is The Day/Este Es El Dia by Amy Parker is a fun bilingual story about the good that can be found in each day. The english translations rhyme and could be easily made into a song.
Love by Matt de la Pena and Loren Long is one that I have been impatiently waiting to read. Love beautifully assures children that no matter their home situation they are loved and no matter where they go, love goes with them.
I'm A Frog by Mo Willems is about Piggie taking on a new identity and teaching his best friend, Gerald the Elephant about pretending. (And how adults do it too ;) ) Elephant and Piggie is one of my favorite series to read with little kids. When I taught second grade, my students LOVED them.
Thank you Mr. Panda/Gracias Sr. Panda by Steve Antony teaches us the importance of appreciating gifts and "the thought that counts."
The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark and illustrated by Chuck Groenink is easily my new favorite picture book. It illustrates the wonder and fun that kids can have in a library with their character-friends.
This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer by Joan Holub and Daniel Roode is WONDERFUL! It tells a quick one-sentence summary of the lives and changes that some wonderful women made to our world including Malala Youszafzai and Rosa Parks. Each woman is displayed in a way that young girls will love and relate to.
Hip and Hop are a turtle and a rabbit from opposite places. Hip is a slow rapping turtle, and Hop is a speedy fast rapping rabbit. Both want to be the best rapper and win a contest. While they practice, they become friends and show their town how to be friends with someone who is different from you. The second story is about getting a grouchy porcupine to have a good time and not be so uptight. Overall, this was a super cute picture book that will teach children acceptance.
Simon gets angry and ferocious monsters appear! He thinks that it is great to have such scary creatures scare away the things that make him mad until no one wants to play with him anymore. Simon has to learn to calm down in order to find friends again. I LOVE this picture book! I think it is a great way to get children to visualize anger and how we show our anger to others when we don't realize it as well as how to calm down. I also enjoyed the chorus, "It was great, it was marvelous, it was magical..." Students will enjoy reading this at home and at school.
I loved I DISSENT! It was very well written and easy for young readers to understand. It beautifully illustrates the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her journey to becoming the first Jewish Woman to be a Supreme Court Justice. I DISSENT not only showed how nothing stopped Ruth from success but that along the way she learned that we don't always get what we want, and "...that sometimes life was like that" (Levy 11). Overall, it is a beautiful biography that many can learn from.
Beautiful! Matt DelaPena tells the story of CJ and his grandmother as they ride the bus on the way to the soup kitchen after church. On the bus, CJ asks his grandmother questions which she answers enabling him to see more than what he thinks he sees. Towards the end of the story CJ wonders how his grandmother finds the beauty in everything. A great story overall of finding joy in every day experiences.