It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/13/18

#IMWAYR 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. ____________________ Picture Books The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra written by Marc Tyler Nobleman illustrated by Ana Aranda Nancy Paulsen Books, 2017 This book was so much fun! I was looking for suggestions for spooky picture books and this one came up. … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/13/18

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 7/30/18

#IMWAYR 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. ____________________ BookTube-A-Thon starts today and runs through August 5th! You can see my 7 book TBR here.  Picture Books Boogie Nights written by Lisa Wheeler illustrated by Mark Siegel Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 2008 I am always on the lookout for great spooky-funny … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 7/30/18

BookTube-A-Thon 2018 TBR

It’s that time of year again! Booktube-A-Thon–the week-long read-a-thon! I stumbled across this last year and had a blast. I didn’t even know what BookTube was (it’s a whole slew of YouTubers that talk books on their channels, and it’s marvelous.) There are daily video challenges that you can do (like spell out your current read using other books) as well as Instagram challenges. I am still debating on whether I am going to put in the time and energy to make any videos–I did last year, but it takes so much time to film and edit! My 8yo daughter … Continue reading BookTube-A-Thon 2018 TBR

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 7/20/18

#IMWAYR 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. ____________________ Board Books La Catrina: Emotions – Emociones by Patty Rodriguez & Ariana Stein Lil’ Libros, 2017 We. loved. this. book. The illustrations are so bright and wonderful. Each page has an emotion in both Spanish and English. In the 3 … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 7/20/18

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING by Damian Synadinos – Informational PB Review

Hank and Stella in Something from Nothing by Damian Synadinos At a Glance Genre(s): Informational picture book Age Range: ages 5-10, but can be enjoyed by anyone who is interested in improv Plot: “Hank and Stella in Something from Nothing” is an engaging story with cute characters that introduces children to improv principles and skills that are as useful on stage as they are at play and in life” (source). The story follows two stuffed animals as they make a boring rainy day more fun by learning about imrov. Strengths: makes improv easy to understand for young children illustrations are … Continue reading SOMETHING FROM NOTHING by Damian Synadinos – Informational PB Review

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 6/11/18

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. ____________________ Picture Book Maurice the Unbeastly written by Amy Dixon illustrated by Karl James Mountford Sterling Children’s Books, 2017 I absolutely love this picture book. It is funny and heartfelt and just great. Both of my kids sat through multiple readings. Mountford’s … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 6/11/18

EVANGELINE OF THE BAYOU by Jan Eldredge – Middle Grade Book Review

Evangeline of the Bayou by Jan Eldredge illustrated by Joseph Kuefler Balzar + Bray, 2018 At a Glance Genre(s): supernatural, folklore, horror Age Range: 8-12 years old (middle grade) Plot: “Twelve-year-old haunt huntress apprentice Evangeline Clement spends her days and nights studying the ways of folk magic, honing her monster-hunting skills while pursuing local bayou banshees and Johnny revenants.” “But when Evangeline and her grandmother are called to New Orleans to resolve an unusual case, she uncovers a secret that will shake her to the soles of her silver-tipped alligator-skin boots.” (source) Strengths: excellent overall storytelling the mix of folklore … Continue reading EVANGELINE OF THE BAYOU by Jan Eldredge – Middle Grade Book Review

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – Book Giveaway!

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. ____________________ Happy Monday everyone! I am giving away a copy of Chris Harris’ I’m Just No Good at Rhyming. Click here to enter! Today is a post of recent books that I have absolutely loved. Have you read any of them? Poetry … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – Book Giveaway!

TUMBLE AND BLUE by Cassie Beasley – Middle Grade Book Review

Tumble and Blue by Cassie Beasley (Dial Books, August 2017) At a Glance Genre(s): Magical Realism, Adventure Age Range: Middle Grade Plot: “When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him. But in 1817, when TWO fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. With disastrous consequences for both . . . and their descendants. Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones. Now, Tumble Wilson … Continue reading TUMBLE AND BLUE by Cassie Beasley – Middle Grade Book Review

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/19/2018

#IMWAYR 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. ____________________ Picture Books They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel This is an extremely clever and accessible way to teach children about different perspectives. And it is just all around fun. Definitely worth checking out! Every Day Birds written by … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/19/2018