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? – 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

Poetry Friday – Spooky Recommendation

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out the amazing Michelle Barnes’ blog,  Today’s Little Ditty to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. ________________________________________ Hello and Happy Friday! Last week I was posting about the Madness Poetry beginning. This week I am posting about my Madness Poetry ending. I was up against a tough authlete, Myrna Foster, in the 1st round, and she out-poeted me.  Our word was MAHOGANY and she did a suburb job with her … Continue reading Poetry Friday – Spooky Recommendation

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/6/17

The weekly post where I recap all the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Occasionally, I’ll also review 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 pile.                                          Board Books Rapunzel (Once Upon a World) written by Chloe Perkins  illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan   I loved the illustrations in the book. I also like the idea … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/6/17

Poetry Friday – Inktober Finale

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Linda’s blog, Teacher Dance, to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. ________________________________________ I am giving away a copy of Ben Hatke’s Mighty Jack and the Goblin King!  Be sure to enter! I did it! 31 poems in 31 days. It may seem like a small feat to some, but I’m pretty proud of myself. Most of them won’t see the light of day after this month, a few turned … Continue reading Poetry Friday – Inktober Finale

Deadlands: Boneyard – Dark Fantasy Review

Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire I received a free copy of this book to review At a Glance Genre(s): adult dark fantasy, weird west, horror, Age Range: Adult Plot: Set in the haunted frontier, Annie Pearl is the keeper of the oddities and freaks in the Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show. As the circus travels to Oregon for one last show before winter sets in, will Annie be able to keep the monsters at bay, or will her past finally catch up with her? Pros: The premise is fantastic I like the folklore tie-ins The author was good … Continue reading Deadlands: Boneyard – Dark Fantasy Review

Poetry Friday – Inktober Week 4

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Brenda Davis Harsham’s blog, Friendly Fairy Tales, to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. ________________________________________ Another week has gone by and Halloween is almost here! I have managed to squeak out more poems and drawings for Inktober. With just five more days to go, I’m in the home stretch and I think I’ll actually be able to accomplish this fairly lofty (for me) goal.       This is … Continue reading Poetry Friday – Inktober Week 4

Poetry Friday – Inktober Week 3

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Leigh Anne’s blog, A Day in the Life, to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. ________________________________________ Well, I almost threw in the towel this week. Things got a bit hectic and I started telling myself that, while this poetry Inktober project is really fun, my time could be spent doing other things. But I decided that pushing through and finishing a writing commitment was reason enough to keep going. … Continue reading Poetry Friday – Inktober Week 3

Poetry Friday – Inktober Week 2

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Irene Latham’s blog, Live Your Poem to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. ________________________________________ It’s Friday the 13th and I am happy to say that I haven’t missed a day yet of Inktober! I am doing way better than my poem-a-day goal back in the month of April (I eeked out one poem that month). I have been having a lot of fun, mostly because it has been sort … Continue reading Poetry Friday – Inktober Week 2