In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! On holiday now, not sure if I will REALLY update with what I’m reading until next week and the following, for now, here’s a snippet:
Celebrated this past Saturday:
A Bucket of Blessings by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal,
illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder, release date July 29th, 2014- High School- fantastic book, varying chapters. Enjoyed reading another book by this wonderful author. I was surprised at first that this wasn’t a novel in verse but still treasured this read since Lisa is so thoughtful and selective with her words throughout her books. Secrets developing in the book and touching layers are revealed… shall share more in another two weeks. Goodreads Summary: “Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place. Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible–something to truly believe in.”
Grabbed a few books to enjoy on my first visit to a public library in Oregon in 15 months… (I was so thrilled to be there):
Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall – Great picture book, graphic novel feel, felt like I was reading a new adaptation of the movie version of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, my son agreed. Kiddo also said his favorite part was that the main character Dawson repeatedly said “Everything can be used again!” Pretty creative.
I thought this book would fit well with this booklist from What Do We Do All Day? Website that is called: 11 Books to Inspire Inventors and Engineers:
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2013/10/kids-books-for-inventors-and-engineers.html Goodreads Summary: “EVERYTHING CAN BE USED AGAIN! That’s Dawson’s motto. He collects junk that people throw away and turns it into something STUPENDOUS. But when Dawson uses his skills to create a machine to do his chores for him, he discovers he might have invented something a little too… AWESOME. Can he stop the rampaging robot before it destroys the entire town?
Chris Gall inspires kids to reuse, repurpose, and recycle in this inventive adventure about a boy superhero who turns trash into treasures–and saves the world while he’s at it!”
Off We Go! A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand – Was curious about this book and wasn’t disappointed to realize it was a story about a little mole learning how to ride a bike without training wheels, quite a cute story. Reminded me of a recent Nerdy Book Club Book List post titled: Top Ten Books for Young Readers about Encountering Obstacles – http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/top-ten-books-for-young-readers-about-encountering-obstacles-by-kristine-mraz/ Goodread summary: “In the third endearing Bear and Mole adventure, Bear helps his friend learn to ride a bike without training wheels. But even with Bear’s support, Mole grows frustrated and wants to give up. Gentle Bear tells Mole, “I think you can,” and Mole summons all his strength to make his first bike ride a success. Off he goes! This story is perfect for reading aloud.”
New books I enjoyed: (Just mentioning, not breaking the rules with full reviews since a few of these don’t come out til September…)
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke – release date, Sept. 2nd, 2014 – creative, witty, and well worth the purchase! Goodreads Summary: “When Julia and her walking house come to town, she likes everything about her new neighborhood except how quiet it is! So Julia puts a sign up: “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.” Soon she’s hosting goblins, mermaids, fairies, and even a dragon. Quiet isn’t a problem anymore for Julia…but getting her housemates to behave themselves is!”
The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke – release date, Sept. 2nd, 2014- my son and I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book! Reminded me of some novels pointing out, look out for what you wish for… like Pandora’s Box… Goodreads Summary: “When Erika and Patrick’s parents leave them home alone for the night, they head straight to the attic to explore. When they open a mysterious box, hundreds of animals come pouring out! Soon the town is awash in more and more zoo animals, until Erika and Patrick discover that the tables have been turned… and the animals now run a zoo full of humans!”
The Art of Plants vs. Zombies edited by Philip Simon – Kiddo was entertained, I was impressed with all the planning it takes to create the collections… Goodreads Summary: “Get the story of the mulchifying super hit Plants vs. Zombies from the zombies’ point of view! The Art of Plants vs. Zombies is part zombie memoir, part celebration of zombie triumphs, and part anti-plant screed, as well as a treasure trove of rare concept art, sketches, and more covering Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. It’s a must-have for any fan and an insider’s view of zombies with some Wall-nutty surprises and never-before-seen awesome art. Even Crazy Dave wants a copy – if only to learn more about his fun-dead foes!”
Other good books I had fun reading:
Goldilicious by Victoria Kann – 2009 – Enjoying the chance to continue to read this cute series… Goodreads Summary: “Being Pinkalicious is pinkatastic, especially when she’s accompanied by her pet unicorn, Goldilicious. Goldie is a roller-skating, kite-flying, high-jumping unicorn who will protect Pinkalicious from the evil wizardry of her little brother, Peter. Together, Pinkalicious and Goldilicious can conquer anything!”
Don’t Be Horrid, Henry by Francesca Simon, illustrated by Kevin McAleenan – 2000 – Enjoyed reading a few Horrid Henry book series a while ago, thought reading the picture book was entertaining. Yes. It was hilarious. Goodreads Summary: “Horrid Henry reaches a younger generation of readers in a new picture storybook.” – great little story about Henry’s reaction to his little brother and how he gets blamed for everything.
Animalympics- Panda Goes to the Olympics by Judith Simanovszky, illustrated by Adeline Ko – 2008 – Embrace your shortfalls and then figure out where you can dedicate your enthusiasm. Cute little story about a panda who wants to be a long distance runner… until realizing that it just cannot happen. Goodreads Summary: “This story is about a Giant Panda who loves to watch athletic events on TV. She decides that she wants to become a runner! Pandas aren’t normally good runners, so she has to work very hard to improve her running skills. Her parents are very worried about her because she’s always out of breath. They take her to the doctor who advises more rest, but the little panda refuses. When she turns up missing one day, they find her sound asleep on the ground. She realizes that she’s not really cut out for long-distance running, but then her dad tells her that they’re looking for Olympic mascots. The little panda applies and gets the job! Now she can be part of the Olympics!”
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