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

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? – 1/15/2018

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.                                          Picture Books  Carnivores written by Aaron Reynolds illustrated by Dan Santat   I love this book. The cover is so creative and the illustrations are great. The story … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 1/15/2018

2017 Reading in Review

I cannot believe that 2017 passed so quickly! I always enjoy looking back at all the books that I read and sharing my favorites. I am super proud to say that I accomplished almost all of my reading goals for the year. Here’s a recap: 2017 Goals: Read 52 books total – Completed 53 NOT including all the picture books I read Read 4 nonfiction books – I did complete 3 though, which is 300% more than in 2016 Read 8 graphic novels – Crushed this one with 11 total Read 4 books in genres that I do not usually read – a … Continue reading 2017 Reading in Review

MIGHTY JACK Giveaway + Author Interview

Buy Here Hello everyone. It’s time for another book giveaway! This month I will be giving away a copy of Ben Hatke’s Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. You can read my review for it here and my review for the first book in the series, Mighty Jack, here. Seriously, these books are fantastic. Ben Hatke was kind enough to answer a few questions, and I hope that you enjoy the interview below. Be sure to check out his other books and look him up on the social media links at the end of this post. And, as always, be sure … Continue reading MIGHTY JACK Giveaway + Author Interview

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King – MG Graphic Novel Review

 Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke At a Glance Genre(s)/Categories: Fairy Tale, Middle Grade graphic novel Age Range: 7-12 years old Plot: When Jack and Lilly race through a portal to save Jack’s captured sister, they find a magical world filled with giants and goblins. Even with their magic beans, they have a tough time beating their foes. When things are looking hopeless, Jack turns to the Giant King for help.   Pros: I like that Goblin King picks right up where Mighty Jack (#1) left off Again, the artwork is fantastic and moves the story along … Continue reading Mighty Jack and the Goblin King – MG Graphic Novel Review

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 10/2/17

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.                                          Here are my September writing goals recap + some Cybils-related exciting news! Board Books  Busy Penguins  written by John Schindel  photos by Jonathan Chester This is a cute … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 10/2/17