IMWAYR | September 21, 2020

The weekly post where I recap some of the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Ocasionally, I’ll also talk about some adult fiction books as well.

Be sure to check out Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to see what other Kidlit readers are reading. Because, you know, we can never have too many books in our TBR piles.

Giveaway Announcement

Boomer At Your Service
written by Vanessa Keel
illustrated by Adriana Hernández Bergstrom
(Spork, 2019)

September is National Service Dog Month! It is all about raising awareness of what service dogs do so I thought it would be fun to hold a book giveaway. Boomer At Your Service is about a a service dog who dreams of finding a family to serve. Comment on this post by next Sunday at 5pm EST for a chance to win. You can get an extra entry by following and retweeting the giveaway post on Twitter and liking and commenting on the giveaway post on Instagram. I’ll announce a winner next week.

Last Week on the Blog

Just Finished

Under My Hijab
written by Hena Khan
illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel
(Lee & Low Books, 2019)

I had been wanting to check this book out for a long time. I try as much as possible to read lots of books with my kids that celebrate different cultures and traditions than our own. The book explores both when Muslim women wear hijabs and situations when they do not. I also enjoyed how the illustrations showed the various ways that a hijab can be worn. The back matter is great as well.

Boris and Bella
written by Carolyn Crimi
illustrated by Gris Grimly
(HMH Books FYR, 2004)

This book has been on my list for a long long time and I seriously thought I had already read it. I grabbed it from the library and was shocked to see that I hadn’t read it before! It is fantastic! Boris Kleanitoff and Bella Legrossi (love the names!) are neighbors and they don’t get along. I am a huge fan of Gris Grimly’s artwork and it is as wonderful as always. I’ll be adding this to my must read spooky picture books.

Donut the Destroyer
by Sarah Graley & Stef Purenins
(Graphix, 2020)

This book was as fun as the cover looks. I always enjoy when a story trope is sort of turned on its head and this graphic novel succeeds in doing so. Donut’s character is fun and likable. I also like that, while her villainous parents just think her wanting to be a hero is a phase, they are still super supportive of her trying things out. The art is super fun and bright as well.

by Jared Cullum
(Top Fhelf Productions, 2020)

This graphic novel is gorgeous. It is very art heavy with less words that you normally find in a graphic novel, so the visual storytelling really shines. I loved the simplicity of the story and again how it sort of turns a common idea on its head. It is not the little girl who goes searching for the bear but the bear that goes searching for the little girl. The character design is great and I’d love to see these characters in a sequel.

Added to My TBR

Shop the books above and support me and local Indies:

Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne
Boomer At Your Service by Vanessa Keel (author) and Adriana Hernandez Bergstrom (illustrator)
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan (author) and Aaliya Jaleel (illustrator)
Boris and Bella by Carolyn Crimi (author) and Gris Grimly (illustrator)
Donut the Destroyer by Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins
Kodi by Jared Cullum
Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone
No Place for Monsters by Kory Merritt
Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey

6 thoughts on “IMWAYR | September 21, 2020

  1. I have read Boris & Bella, too, but had forgotten how fun it is. Maybe I can get it for the grandgirls from my library? I’ll look for Kodi & did love Under My Hijab, too. Thanks, Becky!

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  2. These books sound great! Under My Hijab sounds excellent, and I love that Donut the Destroyer and Kodi flip tropes on their head. I’ll pass on the giveaway, but thanks for the excellent post!


  3. I thought Under My Hijab would be very interesting to children who would be thinking exactly that — “What’s under that hijab?” Just a very down-to-earth exploration for curious minds. 🙂 And I would love to read Kodi by Jared Cullum. I wish we had a larger collection of graphic novels in my neck of the woods. I might have to spring for this one, myself. Thanks for the shares, Becky!

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